Connecticut has become the first state to mandate paid sick leave for certain employees. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statute Section 31-57s, employers must provide paid sick leave to their employees if they have 50 or more employees working in any one quarter of the calendar year. Whether an employer has 50 or more employees is determined on the basis of the Quarterly Earnings Report that an employer is required to submit to the Connecticut Department of Labor in accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-225a(j). You are subject to the act if you have 50 or more employees even if you employ fewer than 50 service workers. Some employers, such as 501(c)(3) organizations, for example, are exempt from the paid sick leave requirement.
This law only applies to those employees that fall into the broad definition of a "service worker" under the Act. It does not apply to day or temporary workers, salaried employees, or non-hourly workers. Service workers may accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every forty hours worked. The maximum amount of paid sick leave a worker may accrue in one calendar year is forty hours.
According to Governor Malloy, the purpose of the new paid sick leave law is to promote good public health, by giving those workers who might otherwise be serving food or caring for young children, an opportunity to be able to afford to stay home when sick. With questions on how this new law many affect you as an employer or whether you may qualify for paid sick leave as an employee, please contact Attorney David Rintoul.