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Metro North Chamber opposes extension of Family Leave in Colorado

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. – The Metro North Chamber of Commerce announced today it has voted through its Business & Government Affairs Committee to oppose a Colorado Legislative proposal that would obligate businesses of more than 50 employees to expand the amount of time an employee can take away from work to attend to family issues.
House Bill 13-1222 is sponsored by State Representative Cherylin Peniston (D-Westminster) and co-sponsored by State Senator Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City) , and it would require businesses within Colorado to provide an additional 12 weeks of “family leave,” in addition to the 12 weeks already mandated under the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The bill would also expand the pool of family members for whom workers could invoke their FMLA rights.
“The Chamber’s B&GA Committee believes that another 12 weeks without a key worker would often cause an undue strain for businesses,” said Troy Whitmore, chair of the B&GA Committee. “The absence of a key worker, especially for many smaller businesses, could lead to administrative issues, failure to meet customer demands, and loss of sales. This bill could be another blow to a fragile economy that is struggling to recover.”
The B&GA Committee agreed that the “family leave” issue should be managed on the federal level, as it has been successfully since 1993.
For a full list of all Metro North Chamber positions on various bills, go to the Chamber’s main web page, MetroNorthChamber.com, and click on the “Advocacy” button for access

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