CT Paid Leave FAQ

Your CT Paid Leave Questions Asked and Answered

At the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority, our mission is to provide Connecticut’s workforce a clear path to accessible paid family and medical leave benefits when they need them most. As the CT Paid Leave program rolls out, we understand you have questions — not only about how the program will work, but also about the importance of paid leave, and the impact the program will have on our communities. I hope to address some of the more common questions we hear from you, and I encourage you to keep asking questions, and let us know how we can help make CT Paid Leave work for you and your community.

CEO Andrea Barton Reeves Answers Your Top Five CT Paid Leave Questions

The Process:

Want to know more about CT Paid Leave?

Do you have questions about the program and how it may impact you, your business, or your family? Click here to check out these Frequently Asked Questions.

  • How do I register?
  • How do I file for an exemption?
  • Why is it important to launch the CT Paid Leave program now?
  • What are your goals for CT Paid Leave as it rolls out? How do you plan to measure those goals?
  • What should employers be doing right now to prepare?
  • How can my business offer a private plan that complies with the new Paid Leave law?
  • What safeguards are in place to keep the program solvent, to prevent abuse and fraud, and to ensure Connecticut workers have access to paid leave benefits?

Download the New CT Paid Leave Employer Toolkit

The Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority (CT Paid Leave) manages all aspects of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Program. Worker payroll deductions began January 1, 2021, and covered workers may begin receiving Connecticut Paid Leave program benefits for qualifying life events beginning January 1, 2022.

Updated for 2021, the refreshed CT Paid Leave employer toolkit is now available for download from the CT Paid leave website. This resource provides vital information on the leave request process, how employees can access paid leave benefits, a CT Paid Leave program overview, as well as additional helpful assets such as a workplace poster, infographics, timelines and video content. 

Download the Toolkit

Download Workplace Poster

CT Paid Leave (Webinar Series)

FOR EMPLOYERS - We want to talk to you about CT Paid Leave and CT FMLA laws beginning January 1, 2022. Most businesses with one or more employees will be impacted by paid leave, which ensures that workers will not have to choose between a paycheck and their ability to care for themselves or their loved ones.

Join us for an overview of the differences between the CT Paid Leave Act and CT FMLA. In this webinar we will review your responsibilities as the employer, job-protected leave, income replacement, and the resources available to help you successfully navigate the two worlds of CT Paid Leave and CTFMLA in your workplace.

Applications for paid leave benefits accepted starting December 1, 2021.

Access Webinar Dates/Registration
List of webinar dates and registration can be found on CT Paid Leave. 

Can Connecticut Residents Receive Paid Sick Leave For COVID-19?

If you’ve been sick with COVID-19 and missed work you may be able to get paid for some of those days. But the guidance is tricky and not every employer offers paid time off for certain employees.

“You can use paid family and medical leave if you have a serious health condition of your own or if you are a caregiver for someone who has a serious health condition,” said Andrea Barton Reeves, head of the new Connecticut Paid Leave Authority.

Barton Reeves says it’s possible if you were hospitalized with COVID that you could receive paid sick leave.

Barton Reeves says they’ve fielded hundreds of calls on the topic. Click the button below to read the full article on the topic on NBC CT. 

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COVID & CT Paid Family Leave