Connecticut's New Paid Family Leave Law
Beginning on January 1, 2022, eligible employees in Connecticut can receive paid family leave.
Current LawUnder current law, in order to be eligible for CFMLA leave an employee must, at the time the leave begins, have: (1) worked for the employer for a total of twelve or more months; and (2) worked for at least 1,000 hours during the twelve months preceding the leave.
New LawBeginning on January 1, 2022, workers in Connecticut will get up to 12 paid weeks off on the birth, adoption or fostering of a new child, to care for a family member or loved one with a serious health condition, to deal with their own illness, to serve as an organ or bone marrow donor or as the result of an emergency related to active military duty or a call to active military duty of a spouse, child or parent of the employee. The law also provides an additional two weeks for those incapacitated as a result of a complicated pregnancy.
The new law which allows employees to obtain paid benefits starting January 1, 2022, makes employees eligible if they have worked for their employer for at least three months immediately preceding their request for leave with no minimum requirement for hours worked.
To fund the benefit, beginning January 1, 2021, Connecticut workers will pay an additional tax of 0.5% on their wages. Benefits will cover up to 95 percent of wages on a sliding scale, capped at $900 a week. This makes Connecticut’s paid family leave the most generous paid family leave law in the U.S.
Also, Connecticut’s definition of who qualifies as a family member or loved one is very broad. The law allows paid time off to care for a family member or person “whose close relationship is the equivalent of a family member.” While the current law mandates that all employers with 75 or more employees are covered by CFMLA, the new law that employees will be able to benefit from on January 1, 2022, reduces the employee threshold from 75 to one, covering almost all private sector employers in the state.