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May 29, 2024

By: Emily McDonough Souza

On May 21, 2024, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law new legislation that significantly expands Connecticut’s paid sick leave law to apply to nearly all private employers in the state over the next three years. The law provides for eligible employees to accrue paid sick time beginning upon hire at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year, which they can then utilize after their 120th calendar day of employment.

Under the state’s existing paid sick leave law, originally passed in 2012, private-sector employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide paid sick time to all “service workers.” The new legislation, however, applies to all private-sector employees with the exception of seasonal employees and certain unionized construction workers, and will be phased in based on the size of an employer’s workforce as follows: effective January 1, 2025, for employers with 25 or more employees; effective January 1, 2026, for employers with 11 or more employees; and effective January 1, 2027, for employers with one or more employees.

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