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    November 15, 2019
    Update on FAMLI Task Force Meeting This Week
    Below is a quick update on the Family & Medical Leave Insurance Task Force meeting that occurred this week (November 12th). As a refresher, the Task Force recently submitted two separate models to the contracted actuary to determine the costs for a family leave program for the Task Force members to consider. The deadline for the actuary to submit those cost scenarios to the Task Force is December 1st.
    During the meeting on Nov. 12th, Task Force members heard from two presenters who shared their experience with leave programs in other states. One notable presentation came from Joshua Seidman, and attorney with Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. Seldman provided testimony on the potential impact of a family and medical leave program for Colorado employers based on his experience in helping employers navigate existing paid family & medical leave programs and how to integrate those programs with existing employer policies, practices, and other relevant laws. Seldman discussed many of the policy areas that the Task Force has been tackling and ways to balance the needs of employers and workers including:
    • Purpose of leave
    • Family Member definition
    • Self-Employed Worker Access to paid family leave benefits
    • Employee Eligibility Standards
    • Job Protection
    • Duration of Leave
    • Intermittent Leave
    • Interaction of the State paid leave program with other benefits, including (a) offsetting costs, (b) concurrent use, and (c) private plan exemptions
    • Treatment of Small Employers
    • Program Funding Structure
    • Solvency