Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Connecticut First State to Require Paid Sick Leave

Connecticut has become the first state to require private employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.  The new law goes into effect January 1, 2012, and applies to most businesses with 50 or more employees in the state.

Covered businesses must provide up to 40 hours of paid leave annually to “service workers,” defined as hourly-paid employees working in any of 68 specified occupational titles.  Workers who are exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements under federal law are excluded from coverage under the Connecticut law, as are day laborers and temporary workers.

The full text of the new law can be found here.  Covered businesses should begin planning now so that compliance will not be a problem in January.

Although Connecticut is the first state to require paid sick leave, several cities already have mandatory paid leave requirements, including the District of Columbia and San Francisco, and similar measures are pending in New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, and elsewhere.

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