Connecticut recently passed the Paid Sick Leave Act making it the first state mandating paid sick leave for qualifying employees. However, it should be noted that this legislation does not become active until January 1, 2012. Further, there are some limitations regarding the types of employees covered by the sick leave law. Once the law's requirements come into play, here's what they look like.
Companies with 50 or more employees.
Covered employees receive 1 hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours they work, maxing out at 40 hours (5 days). Up to 5 days of paid sick leave can be carried over from one year to the next, but an employee can't use more than 5 days of paid sick leave in any calendar year.
A covered employee is allowed to use accrued sick leave to care for their own, their spouse's or their child's:
1. illness, injury, or health condition;
2. medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; or
3. preventive medical care.
Also, workers who are victims of family violence or sexual assault are allowed to use accrued sick leave for treatment, services, relocation, participation in legal proceedings, and other related needs.
Contact a qualified employment attorney to make sure your rights are protected.