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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020. View the Colorado state employee FAQs.

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Fort Lewis College is a member of the Colorado Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance (CHEIBA). CHEIBA membership includes a total of 8 colleges across the state. Some benefits of membership with CHEIBA are that we can pool our resources, have premium plan packages and share the experience ratings across a larger population. OPEN ENROLLMENT is every November with changes taking effect January 1st.

Employees are required to enroll in health, dental, group term life insurance and long term disability benefits. (The only exception is if the employee is covered under a spouse’s group health insurance or military plan.) Automatic enrollment has proven to keep our costs lower for the entire group and continues to be a successful strategy in the overall CHEIBA strategic business plan.

If you have questions about any employee benefits at Fort Lewis College, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Family Medical Leave

Before you can use Family Medical Leave it must be certified by Human Resources.

Family Medical Leave for Faculty

Quick Links

Faculty Benefits
CHEIBA Participant Advocate Link (P.A.L.)
1-800-943-0650

* Please contact providers directly to verify they are in-network.