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Connecticut paid family and medical leave program becomes law

Photo: The Office of Governor Ned Lamont

Hartford, CT — Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, workers in Connecticut will have the option to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves or family members.

Gov. Ned Lamont (D) signed Public Act No. 19-25 – An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave – into law June 25.


Under the law, workers may take paid leave for the following:

  • Care for a new child (birth, adoption, foster)
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • Care for the employee’s own serious health condition
  • Qualifying exigency arising out of a family member being on active duty
  • To serve as an organ or bone marrow donor

“Adopting this program means that workers who need to take time off for a new baby or recover from illness are not punished financially, and businesses do not risk losing good workers during those emergencies,” Lamont said in a June 25 press release. “Regardless of whether a public or private entity administers this program, there will be no profit motive to deny any applicant.”

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