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May 30, 2023

Bill expanding paid sick leave to all private employers moves forward

A bill aimed at expanding the state’s paid sick leave law passed the state Senate and awaits a vote in the House.

SB 1178, which expands the state’s paid sick leave law to cover all private-sector employers and employees, passed 20-12 on May 18.

The bill requires that all private-sector employees be provided up to 40 hours of annual paid sick leave, with unused leave carried over. Annual leave is capped at 40 hours.

The bill originally required all employers to double the annual leave allotment from 40 hours to 80 hours. However, a floor amendment reduced the maximum number of hours to 40.

Under current state law, employees accrue one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked during the 365-day year their employer uses to calculate employee benefits. The requirement applies to employers with 50 or more employees, and includes in-state, full- and part-time service workers.

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association opposes SB 1178 and another bill expanding paid sick leave, HB 6668, saying they would create a new burden for small businesses, which are already struggling amid the threat of a recession.

HB 6668 modifies state law to require all employers with 11 or more employees to provide 40 hours of annual leave. It also requires employers with 10 or fewer employers to offer 40 hours of unpaid sick leave to all employees and accelerates the accrual rate.

HB 6668 is awaiting action in the House.

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