Colorado Chamber: SB 188 will be impossible for Colorado businesses to comply with

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DENVER – The Colorado Chamber of Commerce released the following statement from Loren Furman, Senior Vice President of State and Federal Relations, in response to new legislation filed today in the Colorado Legislature on paid family and medical leave:

“When legislation could have a sweeping impact on every employer and worker in Colorado, it’s crucial that lawmakers listen to the concerns raised by employers across the state and the solutions they’ve offered.  This bill creates a massive new government mandate with many unanswered questions as to how it will function.  In its current form, this bill will be impossible for Colorado employers to comply with and will create unintended consequences for the workers it intends to help.  While the Colorado Chamber has supported family leave proposals this Session, SB 188 is not the right approach.”


The Colorado Chamber was created in 1965 based on the merger of the Colorado Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Manufacturers’ Association. It is the only business association in Colorado that works to improve the business climate for all sizes of business from a statewide, multi-industry perspective. As a private, non-profit organization, the Colorado Chamber’s work is funded solely by its members.