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Colorado voters approve creation of paid family leave program

Workers start paying into the statewide pool in 2023 and could apply for paid time off in 2024.

Election 2020

Proposition 118 explained: Paid-leave measure would give Colorado workers time off but cost big money

Critics say the initiative is a new payroll tax on already struggling businesses. Supporters say it will help small businesses compete.

Politics and Government

Eight states have programs that give workers paid time off. Does that help or hurt Colorado’s chances?

Critics of the ballot measure point to huge government bureaucracies and mandated “taxes” in other states, but supporters say every program is solvent, successful.

Politics and Government

Opinion: A strong paid family leave policy will help rebuild Colorado’s economy

Opinion Columns

Colorado lawmakers focus on essential workers amid coronavirus, push to make paid sick leave a right for all

Much like the debate on broader paid family leave earlier this session, Colorado business owners and organizations are opposed to new mandates

Politics and Government

Coronavirus put an end to Colorado’s paid family leave bill. But there’s a lot more to the story.

Democratic lawmakers, who’ve failed for years to pass paid time off for illness and new babies, are calling it quits again in 2020. Instead, they’re throwing their weight behind a potential measure on the November ballot.

Politics and Government

Unemployment claims skyrocket as thousands of Coloradans lose their jobs

Colorado's unemployment fund has enough to cover 18 months of unemployment pay -- but only in a regular recession. There’s concern the coronavirus will cause an extraordinary downturn and that the program is underfunded.

Business

A plea by Colorado tech firms for a faster response to coronavirus goes national

The #StopTheSpread pledge has been signed by 1,200 tech executives who agree to change work policies, and support frontline workers to "flatten the curve" faster.

Business

Paid family leave is a priority for Colorado Democrats. But 5 questions will make or break the effort.

Can Colorado policymakers find common ground this year on paid time off to have a baby or deal with an illness?

Politics and Government

Lobbying spending sets new record in Colorado, as interests shift to influence Democratic-controlled Capitol

Business interests, associations, nonprofits and other groups spent more than $36.4 million on lobbyists in fiscal year 2019 to influence Colorado lawmakers and government agencies

Politics and Government

Opinion: Did Colorado Democrats overreach, or were they right on target?

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Social benefit programs, like paid family leave, may not be easy. But they’re worth it.

Opinion Columns

For many business groups, Colorado’s 2019 legislative session has been “very difficult” to navigate

Business interests breathed a sigh of relief after the paid family leave bill was turned into a study. But an equal pay measure they are concerned about is still up in the air

Business

Here are the most-lobbied bills in Colorado’s 2019 legislative session. The list may surprise you.

The paid family leave bill drew the most lobbying attention through March, but other hot-button bills had less money spent to track them

Politics and Government

Opinion: If we want to support women entrepreneurs, Colorado needs a paid family leave plan

Opinion

Colorado Democrats postpone paid family leave effort until 2020, opt for study after mounting pressure against bill

Sen. Faith Winter, a Westminster Democrat who was pushing for Senate Bill 188, said that she was unable to pass the measure without making changes she felt “gutted the bill”

Politics and Government

Opinion: Coloradans should be supported in caring for their families

Opinion Columns

After overhaul, Colorado Democrats advance their ambitious family leave effort

The amended Colorado bill requires employees and employers to contribute on a 60%-40% basis to a state fund that, by fiscal year 2020-21, could reach $922 million

Politics and Government

Opinion: Paid leave prevents child maltreatment: It is time to strengthen all Colorado families

Opinion Columns

Split among Democrats on two major issues comes as Colorado’s legislative session heads into final sprint

The paid parental and family leave bill, as well as a measure to abolish Colorado’s death penalty, have been delayed by internal party concerns

Politics and Government
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