Connecticut Paid Leave (CTPL) is a state benefit program that provides eligible workers with paid family leave to help working families balance caring for their loved ones with their economic security during a qualifying event (outlined below).
Premium collections for this program will begin on January 1, 2021. Benefit payments are scheduled to become available starting January 1, 2022.
Who is eligible for this benefit?
In order to receive CTPL benefits, employees must:
- Have earned at least $2,325 in wages during the first 4 of the previous 5 quarters
- Fall into one of the below employment categories
- Currently employed and working in Connecticut
- Currently unemployed, but had been employed and working in Connecticut in the past 12 weeks
Eligibility is not impacted by an employee’s pay-basis, number of hours worked for an employer, or state of residence.
Self-employed and sole-proprietors in Connecticut individuals may opt-into this benefit program.
How are premiums collected?
This benefit is 100% funded by employees through a payroll tax on employees working in the state of Connecticut.
Employees must contribute ½ of 1% (0.05%) of their wages to this program up to the social security wage base.
When can covered employees file a claim for benefits?
Eligible employees can apply for up to twelve (12) weeks of paid leave benefits when they experience one of the following qualifying reasons:
- Expanding a family: becoming the parent of a new child dependent, either through childbirth, adoption, or fostering.
- Recovering from a serious health condition: taking care of either themselves or a sick family member.
- Military family member care: providing for a family member injured during active duty
Additional benefits available to eligible employees:
- Impacted by family violence: covered employees may receive up to 12 days of leave
In the event that an eligible employee is experiencing a serious health condition resulting in incapacitation that occurs during a pregnancy, they may qualify for an additional two (2) weeks of paid leave benefits under the CTPL program.
Paid leave benefits may be received for time off taken as consecutive days and weeks, but may also be received for time off taken intermittently in certain circumstances.
Connecticut Paid Leave is not job-protected leave. However, employees receiving CTPL benefits may have their leave protected by federal, state, or other laws, including the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
How are benefit amounts calculated?
Employee benefits are calculated by the following method.
- To identify which quarters are used for calculations, the state will select the two highest earning quarters from the first 4 of the previous 5 quarters that the employee worked in Connecticut.
- Divide the total wages earned in those two quarters by 26 and round to the next lower dollar to find the employees average weekly wages.
- Determine if the employee’s average wages are higher or lower than the Connecticut state minimum hourly wage multiplied by 40 (in 2022, 40 times the minimum wage will be equal to $520)
- If the employee’s average wages are lower, the employee will receive 95% of their average weekly wages in CTPL benefits
- If the employee’s average weekly wages are higher, the employee will receive 95% of the Connecticut minimum wage multiplied by 40 plus 60% of the amount their average weekly wage exceeds the Connecticut minimum wage multiplied by 40. The benefit rate is capped at 60 times the Connecticut minimum wage.