Legal Alert: Connecticut Paid Family Leave



CONNECTICUT NONPROFITS – IF YOU HAVE NOT DONE SO ALREADY, REGISTER NOW FOR PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM; PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS WERE TO BEGIN JANUARY 1, 2021

IF YOU HAVEN’T REGISTERED YET, IT IS NOT TOO LATE – BUT HURRY! 

As you may know, the State of Connecticut enacted a new Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) program. PFML allows eligible employees working in Connecticut the opportunity to take paid leave to address personal or family needs. PFML establishes a new payroll deduction, and makes certain changes to CT’s current Family and Medical Leave Act. The new deductions started – or should have started – on January 1, 2021.   

The PFML is being administered by a new quasi-public agency, the Paid Leave Authority. The program will be funded by employees and sole proprietors. Employers are responsible for withholding and submitting payments to the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority (the Authority). Collection of wages by employers began on January 1, 2021.  Payments of benefits to eligible employees will begin on January 1, 2022.

What Do You Need To Do Now?

  • If you haven’t done so already, register your organization at the CT Paid Leave Authority to establish your account. The deadline has already passed but the Authority is urging employers to continue signing up. Click on “Register your Business/Get Started.” This link offers a useful video guiding your registration and downloadable written instructions.
  • Payroll deductions began – or were supposed to begin – with the first pay checks on or after January 1, 2021. Employers must convey the withheld amounts to the Authority by April 1 (with a 30 day grace period), but you cannot remit the payments until you have established an account.

Further Information

Questions? 

You can contact the Authority here.

You can reach the Pro Bono Partnership here.

See this CTNewsJunkie article.

This document is provided as a general informational service to volunteers, clients, and friends of Pro Bono Partnership. It should not be construed as, and does not constitute, legal advice on any specific matter, nor does distribution of this document create an attorney-client relationship.