CT Paid Family Leave Payroll Deductions Start Next Month
From the Wall Street Journal


Connecticut workers will start seeing a mandatory paycheck deduction in January for the state's new paid family leave program, which will begin paying out benefits in 2022. The program will be funded by a 0.5% tax on the wages of workers, with the maximum amount of income that can be taxed at $142,800. Employers aren't required to contribute to the program.

The new state law, approved by the Democratic-controlled state legislature in 2019, will give workers paid time off for up to 12 weeks to care for a child after birth or adoption, to care for a seriously ill family member, or other qualifying circumstances. The amount of benefits a worker can qualify for depends on how much they earn, but the maximum benefit tops out at $780 weekly during the first year that benefits are paid. Connecticut will be joining New York and New Jersey in offering paid family leave. Colorado voters also approved a measure in the November election that will establish a similar program there. A handful of other states also have established paid family leave programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The new paid family leave program was opposed by many business groups who say it places new burdens on employers, especially on small businesses. One of the concerns is finding temporary employees to fill in when other workers use the paid time off, said Andrew Markowski, the state director in Connecticut for the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses.