Connecticut Paid Family & Medical Leave (CT PFML)
The Connecticut Paid Family & Medical Leave Act (CT PFML) was enacted in June 2019 which gives the state authority to build a paid family and medical leave insurance program. On January 1, 2021, employee payroll contributions began and then on January 1, 2022, benefits will be payable. CT PFML will provide wage replacement benefits to eligible workers in the state of Connecticut who need time off from work for their own serious health condition, or medical leave (ML), and for Paid Family Leave (PFL). Workers may be eligible for ML if they are unable to work due to a non-work-related injury or illness, including pregnancy and childbirth.
Workers may be eligible for PFL to care for a seriously ill family member, to bond with a new child, serve as an organ or bone marrow donor, address a qualifying military exigency, or to address matters related to being a victim of family violence.
Coverage Options: Employers can participate in the state-run program or they can self-insure or fully insure a private plan. MetLife provides fully insured and self-insured coverage options.
Job Protection: The paid CT PFML coverage is not job-protected. Under federal and state family and medical leave laws, an eligible employee has a right to job-protected leave and the employer can decide by policy whether to pay the employee during that leave. When applicable, a worker should request leave under the state (CT FMLA) and federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Benefits: Starting January 1, 2022, 12 weeks (extra 2 weeks for complications of pregnancy) and/or 12 days if the leave is due to Domestic violence. The maximum weekly benefit is estimated to be up to $900/week in 2022.
Contributions: Starting January 1, 2021, there is an employee contribution (payroll deduction) of 0.5% up to the social security wage index. For 2021, that is $142,800, so the maximum employee contribution will be $714.00
- January 1, 2021: Employee contribution (payroll deduction) assessment begins
- January 1, 2022: Benefits start
As of January 1, 2021