Connecticut Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave

June 28, 2019
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This week Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut signed the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. The new law passed through the Senate more than four weeks ago.

Below are important dates and information for employers with employees working in Connecticut. Dates and amounts may change as a government-appointed board works to finalize the program.

What we know:

  • A .5% payroll deduction will fund PFML starting in 2021.
  • Beginning in 2022, the law will provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave for private sector employees to care for themselves or family members.
  • The law has a loose definition of family member: spouse, parents, in-laws, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren — and anyone else whose close association, whether by blood or affinity, is equal to that of a family member.
  • The new law will cap the maximum PFML benefit at 60 times the state’s minimum wage.

What you can do now:

Begin reviewing your benefits and leave policies now. Employers need to understand how the law will impact their existing benefits and leave policies — and how they might want to revise them.

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