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Colorado receives low marks for employee work environments

There are many things to love about Colorado, especially in the Denver area. But according to a recent report by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a good environment for employees who are parents is not one of those things.

The report provided grades on a scale from "A" to "F" for the nation's 50 states. Colorado was given a "D." The grades reflect the value placed by the individual states on workplace rights for parents. Colorado was given a low grade due to the lack of additional job protections for new parents beyond the Family Medical Leave Act.

Colorado clearly wasn't the worst, though. Eighteen states received a grade of "F." Only California and Connecticut received an "A."

Our Denver-area readers may recall from a previous post in April that the Family Medical Leave Act enables employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year due to a variety of medical situations involving either the individual employee or a close family member who requires care. The FMLA's main purpose is to ensure that employees in that type of situation will be able to return to their previous positions after the leave time, and remain on group insurance during the unpaid absence.

This recent study by the National Partnership for Women and Families points out that there are many areas in which our state's protections could be improved for employees who are expecting. With these important issues in mind, employees in Colorado should be aware of their rights under federal and state labor laws.

Source: CBS Denver, "Colorado A Below Average State For Working Mothers And Fathers," May 14, 2012

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