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Family and Medical Leave Insurance Task Force to Include Prominent Colorado Chamber Voices

For media inquiries, please contact Cynthia Meyer at cmeyer@cochamber.com.

DENVER – The Colorado Chamber’s Stacey Campbell and Dana Hagood were appointed to the Family and Medical Leave Task Force by the legislature yesterday, which will study how to implement a financially responsible family and medical leave program in the state. The task force stems from Senate Bill 188, the Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Act of the 2019 state legislative session.

“It’s an honor to represent private employers on this important task force,” Campbell said. “While SB 188 was well-intended, I had significant concerns about the unintended consequences of the bill and its impact on employers. I look forward to exploring alternatives and working toward a more balanced and fiscally sound program.”

“It’s critical that any future family and medical leave program in Colorado takes into account the input of the business community,” said Hagood. “I’m pleased to provide the perspective of private insurers and HR professionals in this important discussion.”

Campbell is Board Chair-elect of the Colorado Chamber and Chair of the Colorado Chamber’s Labor and Employment Council. He was heavily involved in negotiating with SB 188’s sponsors during the 2019 session. He is an employment and commercial litigation trial lawyer at Campbell Litigation, P.C. and has successfully first-chaired jury and judge tried trials throughout the U.S. involving employment discrimination, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, breach of contract, non-compete and trade secrets, and personal injury.

Hagood is the Executive Director of Human Resources Regional Operations for USAA, a Colorado Chamber member company. He has an extensive background in human resources and has worked in the banking, aerospace, insurance and financial services industries.

The Family and Medical Leave Task Force will study the costs and financial impact of a state family leave program as well as options for a third party to run such a program. Members are appointed by the General Assembly and the governor and will have the opportunity to identify all affordable, financially responsible options for the program. It will provide recommendations to be presented to members of the General Assembly and the governor before the 2020 legislative session.

For more information about the Colorado Chamber’s work on SB 188, see its 2019 Legislative Session Summary.

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