Governor Malloy Signs Paid Sick Leave Bill
July 6, 2011
On July 5, Governor Malloy signed the new sick leave law into effect. Connecticut becomes the first state in the nation mandating paid leave. Starting January 1, 2012 certain employers with 50 or more full-time employees will have to offer 5 days of paid leave to employees for their own or their children’s or spouse’s illness or preventative care, or if the employee must miss work due to family violence or sexual assault. Significantly, the law applies largely to service workers - it exempts employees at manufacturing facilities and non-profits.
Workers begin accruing time as of January 1, 2012 at the rate of one hour for each forty hours worked to a maximum of 40 hours. The time can be used after the employee works 680 hours after January 1, 2012. If the employer already offers equivalent paid leave, it will comply with the law.
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