Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Program
On Jan. 7, 2021, YNHHS employees working in Connecticut saw a payroll tax equal to 0.5 percent (one-half of one percent) deducted from their wages. This will fund the new Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Program (CTPFMLA). The deduction is required by state law.
What is CTPFMLA?
CTPFMLA will enable Connecticut workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to attend to personal and family health needs. The amount of benefits an employee will qualify for depends on how much the employee earns. Connecticut joins a handful of states, including New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, in offering paid family leave.
When does CTPFMLA begin?
By law, deductions began Jan. 1, 2021. Benefits for qualifying life events will be available beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Are payroll deductions capped?
They are capped at one-half of one percent (0.5 percent) of total wages (wages x .005). This equates to about a $5 deduction for every $1,000 in wages. The maximum amount of wages that can be taxed in 2021 is $142,800, consistent with the Social Security wage contribution rate.
The state continues to finalize details of CTPFMLA. YNHHS will share additional information about CTPFMLA, including how it coordinates with other leave programs and benefits, when available. General information is provided below with more available at www.ctpaidleave.org. For questions about leaves in general, contact HRConnect at 844-543-2147.