Paid Family & Medical Leave (CTPFML)
“Connecticut’s new Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (“PFMLA”) represents one of the most significant laws to impact Connecticut employers and employees since the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation. Under this new law, beginning in 2022, eligible employees working for employers of all sizes throughout Connecticut will be entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid leave to attend to certain personal or family health needs. Although leave under the PFMLA cannot be taken until January 1, 2022, funding for the paid leave offered under the PFMLA will be generated by payroll withholdings of .5% from virtually all employees in Connecticut commencing as of January 1, 2021. These funds will be deposited into a fund administered by the Connecticut Paid Family Leave Authority, which will begin disbursing payments to employees who take paid leave in 2022.” All employees who have earned at least $2,325 in the highest quarter of the first four of the five most recent quarters immediately before their application for leave and who are either currently employed by a Connecticut employer or were employed by a Connecticut employer during the 12 weeks immediately preceding the application are eligible to apply for paid leave. The Connecticut Paid Leave (CTPL) program is not dollar for dollar wage replacement, the benefit rate is capped at 60 times the Connecticut minimum wage.
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