On June 25, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law Connecticut’s Paid Family and Medical Leave law (CTPFML). Below are some highlights from the new law updated with the most recent developments. Despite setbacks due to COVID 19 issues, the deadline to begin collecting contributions in 2021 remains intact. The new CTPFML program will expand the existing Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CTFMLA), which currently is similar to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Coinciding with the start of benefits in 2022, the CTPFML law amends current CTFMLA definitions for eligible employees, family members and serious health conditions, among other amendments.
Payroll deductions to the CT Paid Leave Authority must begin by January 1, 2021. Employers will want to review the program, visit the CT Paid Leave Authority website for further information, discuss the program with their payroll vendors and notify employees of the payroll deduction.
The above is a brief overview of the law as it stands today. Final regulations are due by January 1, 2022 which is the same date that benefits are first payable. The regulations should clarify issues surrounding implementation, coordination with CT’s unpaid FMLA leave and provide sample model notices. The CT Paid Leave Authority will be releasing fact sheets, videos, and other literature to assist with the program.
Diversified Group will keep you informed of any developments. Please feel free to contact your Diversified Sales Representative with any questions at (888) 322-2524.