In June of 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) to increase benefits for those seeking time off for personal or family illness and more. Employers must participate if they have any activity, enterprise, or business in Connecticut with one or more employees. Sole proprietors and self-employed individuals can also opt-in but they must be a Connecticut resident and must remain in the program for at least 3 years.
To ensure that your employees are able to receive the benefits, employers must take note of the following:
1. Register in the program
Employers must enroll in the program by December 31, 2020. Click here to register.
If you would like to opt-out of the program and apply to the CT Paid Leave Authority for a Private Plan, click here. This plan must be comparable to Connecticut’s plan and the majority of your employees must agree to the plan for the employer to receive exemption from the program.
2. Make payroll deductions
Beginning January 1, 2021, employees will make contributions capped at 0.5% of their wages deducted each pay period. For example, if an employee makes $500 a week, the most they will contribute is $2.50 to the program weekly. There is no employer match.
3. Submit employee contributions
Employers are required to withhold and submit the payroll deductions for each employee. These deductions must be submitted to the CT Paid Leave Authority quarterly. The first payment will be due March 31, 2021.
4. Communicate with the CT Paid Leave Authority about leave requests
The employees must first apply to their employers for time away from work. Although is up to the employees to apply to the CT Paid Leave Authority for paid leave benefits, at times it might be necessary for the employee, the employer and the Paid Leave Authority to communicate to finalize the leave.
Qualifying Reasons For Leave
- Starting or expanding their family by birth, adoption, or foster care (up to 12 + 2 weeks of paid leave)
- Need to care for themself or a loved one suffering from a serious medical condition (up to 12 weeks of paid leave)
- Have been impacted by family violence (up to 12 days of paid leave)
- Need to care for a military family member injured during active duty or for other reasons (up to 12 weeks of paid leave)
- Employer Registration
- Employee Information (including a contribution calculator if you scroll to the bottom)
- Employer Information
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