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Connecticut

Contributions for Connecticut’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) started in 2021. The program is overseen by the CT Paid Leave Authority and is referred to informally as Connecticut Paid Leave (CTPL). The program itself is outsourced to an insurance company, Aflac, who administer the state benefits on behalf of Connecticut. Benefits for the program became payable effective January 1, 2022.

Additionally, Connecticut has made some changes to its job protected leave law, the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) effective January 1, 2022.

CT Paid leave and the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA)

What is the Update?

CT Paid Leave  

The CT Paid Leave benefit is employee funded and employee contributions began on January 1, 2021, at a rate of 0.5% up to $142,800.

Employees in the state who earn $2,325 in the base period are eligible for up 12* weeks of paid leave to care for a new child, care for one’s own or a family member’s serious health condition, to deal with an exigency arising out of a family member’s call to active duty in the armed services, to care for a military family member injured during active duty, or to donate an organ or bone marrow. Additionally, an employee experiencing family violence can apply for up to 12 days of benefits. *Those incapacitated due to pregnancy or childbirth may receive up to 2 additional weeks of paid leave benefits during pregnancy.

Eligible employees can receive up to 95% of their average weekly wage, based on prior quarters, to a maximum weekly benefit of $780 beginning January 1, 2022, with the maximum increasing to $840 on July 1, 2022, and $900 on June 1, 2023.

Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) 

The job protected leave law in Connecticut has the following major changes effective January 1, 2022:

  • Employers are covered under the law in 2022, if they have just 1 employee in Connecticut (in 2021 employers needed 75 employees in the state to be covered under the law)
  • Previously (in 2021), employees needed to work for their employer for at least 12 months to be eligible for CFMLA. As of 2022, employees must work for their employer for just 3 months (12 weeks) prior to their leave to be eligible.
  • Further, in 2021, employees needed to work at least 1,000 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of their leave. In 2022, there are no specific hours of service required.
  • The amount of leave available under CFMLA was 16 weeks in a 24-month period. This changed in 2022, to 12 weeks in a 12-month period, with an additional 2 weeks of leave available for those incapacitated due to pregnancy. Military caregivers will still have 26 weeks in a 12-month period.

Employers will still be able to require employees to use accrued paid time off while on leave, however, they must allow employees to keep up to 2 weeks of accrued paid time off (starting in 2022).

Handbook/Policy Updates

Update 08/16/22: Information about CT FMLA was previously required to be included within your employee handbooks. However, following a recent update, the state now allows employers to provide a notice of the law to new hires, instead of including the information within the company handbook. The CT Paid Leave Law specifically requires employers to notify new hires about CT Paid Leave.

The state has developed an employee notice with combined information on CT Paid Leave and CT FMLA. The Larkin Company recommends employers provide this notice to new hires (see “Notice Requirements”). This will ensure employers meet the obligations under both laws. If you, then, also wish to include CT FMLA and CT Paid Leave in your handbook, you may do so.

Reminder – CT Paid Leave still requires that employees are notified yearly about the benefit also.

 

Notice Requirements

This notice must be provided to employees by July 1, 2022, then annually to employees thereafter. In addition, employers must provide this to each new hire in CT. A link to the notice can be found here:

 https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DOLUI/NEW-53122-Prototype-of-Employers-Written-Notice-to-Employees-of-Rights-under-CTFMLA-and-CTPL.pdf

 

Larkin Action

The Larkin Company has updated our leave packets to include the 2022 updates.

Further Company Considerations 

Ensure you are offsetting any salary continuation/company top-up pay by CT Paid Leave, where applicable (effective 2022). The Larkin Company will adjust offsets for any top-up (leave of absence pay) calculations or STD, accordingly, if we handle these services for you

Resources

Learn the Basics About Connecticut’s Paid Leave Join the CTPL mailing list (scroll to bottom of website and enter your email address).
CT Paid Leave HR Toolkit

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Disclaimer

The Larkin Company has taken reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind as to its accuracy or completeness. These resources should not be construed or substituted for legal advice. Accordingly, before taking any actions based upon such information provided herein, we encourage you to seek competent legal advice from a licensed attorney or appropriate professionals.