On May 28, 2024, Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation expanding Connecticut’s 2011 Sick Leave Law. The new legislation will come into effect Jan. 1, 2025. The law covers more employees, expands the reasons under which employees may use paid sick leave and reduces the required hours to accrue paid sick leave.

Who is covered?

Currently under Connecticut law, employers with more than 50 employees in specific retail and service occupations must provide their employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually. The new law expands the type of eligible worker to almost every occupation (not just retail or service occupations as in the current law). It also expands the number of employers who must comply by reducing the number of employees they must employ to be eligible. It is important to note that seasonal employees and certain other temporary workers remain exempt.