July 8, 2014

State Leave Laws Continue to Abound

Recently, California expanded its Paid Family Leave program and Connecticut amends its paid sick leave program.

  • Expansion of California Paid Family Leave.  The California temporary disability insurance program provides up to 6 weeks of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, domestic partner, or to bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child in connection with foster care or adoption.  Beginning July 1, 2014, this law expands the scope of the program to allow time off to care for a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or parent-in-law.  Additional information about the program, including a Fact Sheet and FAQs, is available from the California Employment Development Department’s webpage.
  • Connecticut sick-leave law amended.  Connecticut was the first state to pass a mandatory sick leave law, which took effect January 1, 2012.  Governor Dannel Malloy recently approved amendments to the current sick leave law on June 6, 2014; these amendments take effect on January 1, 2015.

In a nutshell, this law requires employers employing 50 or more employees in the state of Connecticut to provide one hour of paid sick leave for each forty hours worked by an employee, including certain service (hourly) workers.  Employees with accrued paid sick leave can use the leave for purposes such as attending to their own, or their child’s or spouse’s physical or mental illness, injury or health condition, or for preventative medical care.  Employees may also use this leave for attending to matters resulting from family violence or sexual assault.

Connecticut’s Department of Labor has several documents, including guidance, an overview and the required employer posting, available on its website to assist employers comply with the sick leave law.