Connecticut launches new paid family and medical leave program for workers

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday that Connecticut workers can access benefits under the state’s new paid family and medical leave program.
The program provides wage replacement for workers who need to take off from work for qualifying health or family concerns.
The state lists qualifying reasons for paid leave as:
• To care for one’s own serious health condition (including serving as a bone marrow or organ donor, and pregnancy)
• To care for a family member experiencing a serious health condition
• To bond with a new child (biological, adopted, or fostered)
• To address issues arising from family violence
• To care for a military family member injured during federal active duty
• To address issues arising from a parent, spouse, or child’s call to federal active duty
The program is employee-funded through a payroll deduction of 0.5%. The amount of income replacement depends on the worker’s earnings and is capped at 60 times the state minimum wage, or $780 per week.
Workers can submit applications online by visiting ctpaidleave.org. Those who have questions can speak with an Aflac customer care advocate at 877-499-8606.