Paid sick leave is a current legislative trend across America. With 50 states and 39,000 municipalities In the U.S., new rules and regulations are being mandated rapidly. Five states – Oregon, California, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts – have policies in place, as does the District of Columbia. Over 25 local jurisdictions in California, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington also have passed laws.
Here is a look at where Connecticut stands on paid sick leave, and how it affects average American workers:
- First state to require employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid sick leave to each of its in-state, full or part-time service workers.
- Fifty-employee threshold determined is on October 1st for the upcoming year by the number of people on the payroll at the time. For example, if 51 people were on payroll by October 1, 2016 the employer qualifies for 2017 mandate.
- Employers cannot fire their employees in order to stay under the 50-person threshold.
- Service worker earns one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked.
- There are 60 classifications of a “service worker.” View the list here.
- Workers can earn up to 40 hours of paid sick leave (five work days) in a single year.
- Manufacturers, non-profits that provide recreation, child care and educations services, and employers with fewer than 50 employees are exempt from paid sick leave mandate.
- Employees can choose to roll-over their paid sick leave days.
Do you live in Connecticut? How does the above affect your life and paycheck?