CT Paid FMLI Deduction Effective Jan. 1, 2021
On June 25, 2019, Connecticut passed legislation to create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave insurance program (PFMLI Program) through the signing of Connecticut Public Act 19-25, An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave, as amended sections 232 through 235 of Public Act 19-117.
For covered employees in the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Paid Leave program offers the opportunity to take time to take care of personal and family health needs without worrying about lost income while you are away from work.
The PFMLI Program provides workers access to paid leave for life events covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA) and the Connecticut Family Violence Leave Act:
- To address the worker’s own serious health concern;
- To care for a child after birth, adoption or foster placement;
- To provide care to a seriously ill or injured family member;
- To address qualifying exigencies arising from the foreign deployment of related service-member;
- To serve as an organ or bone marrow donor; or
- To address certain matters relating to family violence.
The PFMLI program will be administered by the newly created quasi-public agency, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority. The PFMLI program will be funded by employees and voluntary self-enrolled participants. Payment of benefits to eligible employees will begin on Jan. 1, 2022.
The collection of wage deductions will begin as a mandatory payroll deduction on Jan. 1, 2021.
What does this mean for me?
Beginning with the first paycheck in January 2021, the University is required to deduct this new payroll tax from all employees including full and part time, temporary and student employees. The deduction is .5 percent (.005) of wages up to the social security tax maximum earnings. For example, an employee earning gross wages of $1,500.00 per pay period would see approximately a $7.50 deduction for the CT Paid Leave Program tax.
Where can I find out more information?