Connecticut Passes Strongest Paid Family Leave Bill in the Country
June 27, 2019
A paid leave program has been on the radar of advocacy groups and legislators for a number of years in Connecticut. Finally, in 2019, the idea became a reality and, days before the end of session, the Connecticut State Legislature passed the most comprehensive and generous paid leave program in the country. The bill allows workers to continue earning a portion of their pay while they take time away from work to address a serious health condition, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or care for a new child.
Along with the MS Society, the bill had support from other patient advocacy groups, groups that advocate on behalf of families, small business, unions, and more. This is the first paid family leave bill that the Society has supported and helped pass in 2019.
“We are thrilled with the passage of this bill. The MS Activists in Connecticut truly put in the time and effort this session and I have no doubt that their advocacy made a difference. Finally, Connecticut employees can take leave to care for themselves or a loved one without worrying about financial security,” said Laura Hoch, Manager of Advocacy for Connecticut.
The bill covers, at 95%, up to 40 times the minimum wage and then 60% above that amount until they max out at 60 times the minimum wage. For example, if someone makes $500 a week and the minimum wage is $11 an hour, they’d get 95% of the first $440 and 60% of the remaining $60 but if they made more than $660 a week, they’d cap out at earning a percentage of that at that amount. The program is run by the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority. The federal Family Medical Leave Act applies to employers of 75 or more, the CT bill applies to any private employer or non-union public employer with even one employee.