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.

Reasons for leave

CT PFML is a statewide program that provides 12 weeks of paid leave in a 12-month period for the following reasons:

  • Birth of the employee’s child
  • Placement for adoption or foster care
  • To care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • To recover from the employee’s own serious health condition
  • To serve as an organ or bone marrow donor
  • To care for a covered service member in the family whose serious injury or illness was incurred or aggravated in the line of duty
  • Certain circumstances when a covered service member in the family is on active duty or has been notified of an impending call to active duty
  • Worker needs related to family violence

Covered family members include spouse, sibling (including in-laws), child (any age), parent (including in-laws), grandparent, grandchild, or anyone else related by blood or affinity who has a close association with the employee and who the employee can show to be the equivalent of the family relationships mentioned above.

Key dates

  • 11/1/20: Employers can begin registering with the state plan (
  • 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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