In June of 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) to increase benefits for employees seeking time off for personal or family illness and more.
This new law now gives Connecticut employees the opportunity to receive up to 12 weeks of qualified paid leave for certain family life events, with two additional weeks of paid time off if they are pregnant or have given birth and have experienced complications that require more recovery time. Their weekly compensation will be equal to 95% of their base weekly earnings up to 40x the minimum wage and 60% for earnings above the amount equal to 40x the minimum wage. These benefits can be applied beginning January 1, 2022.
Income will be withheld from employee paychecks for this program starting 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. Click here for a contribution estimator.
Qualifying Reasons For Leave
Employees can begin applying to receive their paid leave benefits at the end of 2021. They must first apply to their employers for time away from work and then 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.
They can qualify if they fall under any of the following:
- 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)
- To service as an organ or bone marrow donor
- To address certain matters relating to family violence
- Need to care for a military family member injured during active duty or for other reasons (up to 12 weeks of paid leave)
Eligibility Requirements For Applicants
Employees can qualify if they received $2,325 in wages in 4 of the last 5 quarters and are either:
- Currently employed and working in Connecticut, OR
- Currently unemployed but had been working in Connecticut in the past 12 weeks
Qualifying employees must participate in the program unless they are:
- Employees of the federal government
- Unionized state and municipality employees
- Employees of local and regional members of the board of education
- Non-public elementary and secondary school employees
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