Signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont in 2019, the Paid Family and Medical Leave program is scheduled to begin collecting money from about 1.7 million Connecticut workers on Jan. 1, 2021.
People will see a half of a percent of every paycheck go to the CT Paid Leave Authority trust fund. However, they won’t be able to access any paid leave for one year.
“We’re really taking the opportunity to talk to as many people as we can to let them know that paid leave is coming,” Andrea Barton Reeves, CEO of the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Authority, said.
Some organizations are calling on the state to delay implementation of the program.
“It’s really unfortunate because there are so many people in this state who are struggling, who have either lost work or did not receive the raises that they might normally have received this year,” Eric Gjede, vice president of government affairs for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, said.