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Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA)

Published:  February 24, 2020

Connecticut is one of the most recent states to have passed a Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.  Beginning January 1, 2022, employees will be able to receive a portion of their pay during time taken under the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA). Connecticut will be joining the growing number of states who have enacted similar acts that give employees the ability to take paid leave for qualified reasons.  These similar states include Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, and the District of Columbia.  

The new act will be funded through employee contributions and is currently set for one-half percent (0.5%) of an employee’s wages. The weekly benefit will be ninety-five percent (95%) of forty (40) times the minimum wage, and sixty percent (60%) on earnings above the minimum wage. The minimum weekly benefit cannot exceed sixty (60) times the minimum wage, which is equivalent to $780 on a $13 minimum wage, $840 on a $14 minimum wage, and $900 on a $15 minimum wage.

Paid leave will apply to private sector employers who have at least one employee and non-union state and local government employees. Those who are self-employed and are sole proprietors also can opt into the program. Employees who are within a union can opt in if it is bargained for.

Employers will have the ability to opt out of the program if they have the approval of a private plan subject to state insurance department oversight. The private plan must also provide the same rights, protections, and benefits as the Paid Family Medical Leave Act would.

Under this law, certain employees will be able to take up to twelve (12) weeks of paid leave for the following reasons:

  • Care for a new child (birth, adoption, foster)
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • Care for one’s own serious health condition
  • Qualifying exigency arising out of family member being on active duty
  • To serve as an organ or bone marrow donor

Employees who experience pregnancy-related health conditions will be able to take an additional two (2) weeks of paid leave.

Employees can expect to notice the withholdings from their paychecks beginning January 1, 2021.

If you have any questions about Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act, or any other employment law topics, please contact the attorneys at Royal, P.C.