May 31, 2017

Paid leave proponents say small businesses back their effort

An organization that supports establishing a paid family and medical leave program in Connecticut says 77 percent of the 243 Connecticut small business owners recently surveyed support its stance.

The Campaign for Paid Family and Medical Leave was scheduled to join small business owners, legislators and others at the State Capitol Wednesday morning to announce the poll results.

The poll was commissioned by the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund and conducted by BLS Research & Consulting in East Haven.

Several bills in the House and Senate on paid family and medical leave, including one that would provide a tax credit for businesses that offer the benefit, have stalled in the legislature, with no action since March.

Advocates are using the poll to stir up legislative support in the waning days of the session. Among other findings, the poll showed that 95 percent of small business owners believe in the importance of time off for a new child, recovery from serious illness or care of an ill family member.

More than 75 percent of those polled also support some form of the pending legislation, the poll reports.

Of those poll respondents who are Connecticut Business and Industry Association or regional chamber of commerce members, 79 percent and 72 percent respectively favor establishing paid leave, pollsters say.

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