On June 25, 2019 Connecticut passed legislation to create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program (PFMLI 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 PFMLI Program 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 PFMLI program will be administered by the newly created quasi-public agency, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority. The PFMLI 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.