Background: The topic of paid family leave became a dominant conversation at the state Capitol for the past two years, but Democratic leaders recently abandoned their attempt to create a program. Instead, the idea’s supporters are pursuing a ballot measure in November. In the meantime, state lawmakers developed legislation to provide paid sick time to workers.
In reversal, he now supports paid family leave
A: Hickenlooper supports at least 12 weeks of paid family leave to workers, including the birth or adoption of a child, to deal with serious health conditions or to care for a sick family member. But he opposed a Denver ballot measure in 2011 to require businesses to provide five to nine paid sick days a year, depending on the company’s size. He said it would cost jobs.