State's Paid Leave Program is a National ModelAugust 9, 2023
Connecticut's Paid Family and Medical Leave law, passed by the legislature in 2019, has already helped tens of thousands of workers and is also serving as a national model for other states.
About 66,000 workers in Connecticut have received over $375 million in Paid Leave benefits when they were unable to work due to qualifying health or family reasons. Residents from every town in the state have applied under the CT Paid Leave program.
Governor Lamont signed the CT Paid Leave into law in 2019. Employee payroll contributions began in 2021, and on January 1, 2022, benefit payments began for qualified applicants.
Families in Connecticut shouldn't have to worry about whether they can balance taking care of family needs or paying the bills. With this program, both can happen, as it offers partial income replacement benefits.
What qualifies for eligible leave?
- Parental bonding - the birth of an employee's child or placement of an adopted or foster child with the employee
- Serious health conditions - for the employee or a family member of the employee
- Donors - to serve as an organ or bone marrow donor
- Armed Forces - for family members in the armed forces undergoing treatment for an injury or illness incurred in the line of duty or being deployed to a foreign country
- Family violence - for family violence victims to seek medical care or counseling, obtain services from a victim services organization, relocate because of family violence, or participate in civil or criminal proceedings related to the family
Connecticut is one of 13 states in the nation to pass Paid Family and Medical Leave legislation, along with California, Colorado, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Washington, as well as Washington D.C.
Connecticut should be proud of its paid leave program, and it is held up as a national model for other states to emulate.