Colorado Bill Would Require Employers to Offer Unpaid Parental Leave

Date: March 15, 2017

The Colorado House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require larger employers to offer up to 18 hours of unpaid leave for parents to attend their children’s school activities, reports the Denver Business Journal.

The bill would apply to parent-teacher conferences, disciplinary meetings, and more.

Employers are currently allowed to work this out with their employees independent of the state, and those opposed to House Bill 1001 feel it is just one more way the government is trying to take control of the employer-employee relationship.

“I think that the government’s role is not to be able to tell the employer how to treat their employees,” Rep. Tim Leonard told the Durango Herald.

The bill would affect companies with 50 or more employees, and would require parents to give the employer at least a week’s notice of the needed time off.

The bill, which now heads to the Senate, is a continued effort to resurrect a program that was in place from 2009-2015. However, the new bill would have no expiration date.

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