Colorado FAMLI Program
On June 28, 2022, during a regularly scheduled business meeting, the Mapleton Public Schools Board of Education approved a resolution to opt out of Colorado’s new Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) program.
Individual employees may participate in the FAMLI Program on their own if they so choose.
Mapleton’s decision is based on the extensive benefits already offered to support our families, including:
- Sick leave for all eligible employees
- Accumulation of leave time across fiscal years
- Sick banks for all employee groups, and
- Federal Family and Medical Leave Act compliance
Key differences between Mapleton’s benefits and the FAMLI program
Mapleton Public Schools sick leave is granted by the district to employees based on hours worked per day and accrues for a maximum of 150 days for Classified and Licensed employees and a maximum of 50 days for Administrators.
District sick leave may be used for the employee’s own health or the health of a family member for medical illness, maternity, parental, injury, personal business of the employee or members of the employee’s immediate household or family, and all reasons listed under the Healthy Family Workplace Act, including any mental or physical illness, or health condition that prevents work, diagnosis, care, or treatment of such conditions, preventative care (including vaccination), and needs due to suffering domestic violence, sexual abuse, or criminal harassment or caring for family with such conditions or needs.
Mapleton also provides sick bank options to all employee groups. Participation in the sick bank is required to access eligible sick bank benefits. Eligible employees may receive up to 30 additional days of sick leave for a covered medical condition after an employee's accrued sick time has been exhausted.
In Mapleton, eligible employees receive their full daily rate of pay for covered sick leave and sick bank days.
The FAMLI Program covers medical illnesses for you or a family member, including care for a new child (birth, foster placement, adoption, caring for a child within the first year of birth), arrangements for military deployments, immediate safety needs, and the impact of domestic violence/sexual assault.
The FAMLI Program uses a calculator to pay a portion of average weekly wages for a maximum of 12 weeks.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year.
Both Mapleton Public Schools and the Colorado FAMLI program comply with the Family Medical Leave Act requirements. Employees are eligible for leave if they have worked for Mapleton for at least 12 months and at least 1250 hours over the past 12 months. FMLA provides job protection for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for eligible employees. However, employees may use their accrued sick time and vacation time to get paid.
Individual Enrollment in the FAMLI Program
As an employee, you may still opt into the FAMLI program and self-elect coverage. To do this, you will need to create an account and register within the FAMLI system individually. Employees will be responsible for reporting their own wages and remitting required premiums to the state directly. The FAMLI system will be deployed this fall.