Payroll Deduction to Fund Connecticut Paid Leave Begins January 1, 2021

In 2019, Connecticut passed a paid leave law and amended its family and medical leave act. The law created the Paid Family and Medical Leave Authority, a quasi-government entity, to administer the funding and processing of claims. (Full disclosure: I am a member of the Board of Directors of this Authority). The benefit is funded through employee contributions collected by employers through a payroll deduction and forwarded to the Family and Medical Leave Trust Fund.

Employees must begin withholding employee contributions beginning January 1, 2021. Employees may receive benefits effective January 1, 2022. The state FMLA amendments become effective on January 1, 2022 as well. For information about the law’s requirements, including employee and employer responsibilities, visit and subscribe to the Authority’s website: