On June 10, 2019, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the nation’s most generous paid family and medical leave bill into law. The new law amends the state’s previous leave law to give employees and self-employed workers 12 weeks of paid leave over 12 months. Additionally, the measure allows for two more weeks of benefits for a serious health condition during pregnancy.
There is no minimum eligibility requirement for hours worked, and employees could have up to 95% of their pay covered, capped at $900 per week. The law is expected to go into effect in July 2021, with funding provided by a new 0.5% payroll tax. This legislation allows workers to take paid time off to care for themselves or anyone “who is equivalent of a family member.”
Earlier this year, New Jersey doubled the number of weeks employees can take for paid family leave to 12 weeks, broadened the definition of family members, and redefined qualified employers. Currently, there are no federal laws that require paid leave. Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.