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Connecticut Is First State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Jan 9, 2016

In June 2011, Connecticut became the first state to pass paid sick leave legislation.

The law, which went into effect on January 1, 2012, requires businesses with 50 or more employees to provide certain workers with one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. To accrue the benefit, employees must be classified as service workers and have worked at least ten hours per week during the previous quarter. Leave can be taken if the worker is ill or injured, or for the worker to care for a child or spouse. Employers that already offer at least five days of paid time off a year will not be affected by the new law. Manufacturers and some nonprofit organizations are also exempt.

As of January 2016, 3 states (California, Oregon and Massachusetts) and many cities have joined Connecticut in enacting paid sick leave. In 2013, Portland, Ore., New York City and Jersey City, N.J., adopted paid sick days standards. Newark, N.J., followed in early 2014, followed by Eugene, Ore., San Diego, the state of California, and the New Jersey cities of Passaic, Paterson, East Orange and Irvington. In November 2014, paid sick days ballot measures passed with overwhelming voter support in the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Oakland, Calif., and the New Jersey cities of Montclair and Trenton. In June 2015, Oregon became the fourth state in the nation to pass a paid sick days law, and Emeryville, Calif., passed a law expanding upon Californias statewide paid sick days law. In July, Montgomery County, Md., became the first county in the state to establish a paid sick days standard. Seattle, WA, and Washington, D.C. have also passed laws mandating employers offer paid sick leave.

Update January 2016.