Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority
OverviewThe mission of the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority (Paid Leave Authority) is to provide Connecticut’s workforce access to paid family leave benefits and to empower employers by offering helpful tools for understanding their vital role and provide support to navigate the program. This program allows those employees working in Connecticut the opportunity to address personal and family health needs without the consequence of lost income. For employers, the Paid Leave Authority can provide the tools and resources needed for compliance and to promote happy, healthy, vibrant, and inclusive workplaces.
On June 25, 2019, Connecticut passed legislation to create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program through the signing of Connecticut Public Act 19-25, An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave, as amended sections 232 through 235 of Public Act 19-117.
The Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) program is administered by the Paid Leave Authority which provides workers access to paid leave for life events covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA) and the Connecticut Family Violence Leave Act:
- To address the worker’s own serious health concern;
- To care for a child after birth, adoption or foster placement;
- To provide care to a seriously ill or injured family member;
- To address qualifying exigencies arising from the foreign deployment of related service-member;
- To serve as an organ or bone marrow donor; or
- To address certain matters relating to family violence.
The Paid Family Medical Leave program will be administered by the newly created quasi-public agency, the Paid Leave Authority. The program will be funded by employees and voluntary self-enrolled participants. The collection of wage deductions must begin on January 1, 2021. Payment of benefits to eligible employees will begin on January 1, 2022.
The Paid Leave Authority will launch a new website on August 1, 2020, featuring comprehensive listings of information, requirements, resources, and helpful tools to navigate Connecticut’s paid leave program.
In January 2020, Andrea Barton Reeves was appointed the first-ever chief executive officer of the Paid Leave Authority, bringing with her several years of experience leading programs that provide critical services for families.