State law goes into effect to fund Connecticut's Paid Family Leave program

You may notice a slight decrease in your paycheck as of Jan. 1 - which will be used to fund Connecticut's Paid Family Leave Program.

News 12 Staff

Jan 5, 2021, 12:48 AM

Updated 1,267 days ago

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You may notice a slight decrease in your paycheck as of Jan. 1 - which will be used to fund Connecticut's Paid Family Leave Program.
Every employee in the state will get .5% deducted from their paycheck. Employment and labor law attorney Margaret Sheahan says it's complicated, as employees will pay in this year and won't be eligible for benefits until next year.
Currently, the Connecticut Family Medical Leave Act allows for 16 weeks in a 24-month period. Next year, you'll get 12 weeks per year.
The state would guarantee 100% of your salary up to $1,000 a week. The plan covers caring for yourself, your spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren.
Sheahan says most people may never even use the benefit. She says she expects the fund will run out of money fast because not much is being taken out.


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