Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave

The state of Connecticut passed legislation in 2019 allowing employees to receive paid leave for certain qualifying reasons. Employee deductions for the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (CT PFML) will begin 1/1/2021 and benefits will become available to employees 1/1/2022.

State Disability and PFML Coverage at a Glance Learn more about Unum’s State Disability and PFML Coverage.

Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Webinar

Listen to our recorded webinar to learn about the law's key provisions, administrative and claim requirements and how the law interacts with other leave laws. By the end, you'll understand what the law means for you as an employer and be ready to take the steps you need to comply.

Who is covered?

Employer coverage

All employers with at least one Connecticut employee must provide CT PFML coverage. There are a few exceptions:

  • Nonpublic elementary or secondary schools
  • The federal government
  • The state government
  • Municipalities, local/regional boards of education

Sole proprietors and the self-employed working in Connecticut can voluntarily enroll in the program.

State, municipal, and/or local/regional boards of education may be included depending on specific collective bargaining agreement rules.

Employee eligibility

Generally, if an employer has an unemployment insurance obligation for an employee in CT, that employee has an obligation to contribute to the paid leave trust fund. See “How much will CT PFML cost?” for more information.

To be eligible for paid leave benefits, employees must have:

  • Earned at least $2,325 during their highest earning quarter within the first four of the five most recently completed quarters, and
    • Be presently employed by an employer,
    • Have been employed by an employer in the previous 12 weeks (former employee), or be a
    • Self-employed or sole proprietor and CT resident who has enrolled in the program

Key Dates

  • 11/1/20: Employers can begin registering with the state plan (ctpaidleave.org).
  • 01/01/21: Employers to begin withholding employee contributions.
  • 03/31/21: End of 1st quarter, first payment is due to the state. Payments can also be submitted during the quarter (contributions are due at the end of each quarter).There is a 30-day grace period so contribution can be submitted by 4/30/21.
  • 01/01/22: Benefits become available

With Unum Leave and Absence Management Solutions, you can be sure your organization stays in compliance with ever-changing laws, helping you avoid costly fines and legal fees while ensuring your employees get the time off they’re entitled to.


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