Connecticut Sick Pay Law presents more questions than answers
Beginning New Years Day 2012, many Connecticut employers will provide paid sick leave benefits to employees. At first glance, the new requirement seems to be rather simple: employers must provide employees as much as forty (40) hours of paid time away from work for illnesses, accidents, family issues, preventive care, etc. in each calendar year. As is often the case, this Act presents as many questions as answers. Here’s what I wonder:
- Does the law apply to occupational and non-occupational events alike? Is there a loss of time benefit conflict? We asked this question. Hopefully soon we will know.
- Did the legislature intend to expand the loss of time benefits in Workers’ Compensation?
- Does carrying over up to 40 hours of time year to year for employees present tax complications to employers?
- Will the record keeping complexity cause companies to stop hiring at 49 employees or limit part-time workers to nine or less hours per week?
- Will employers choose a less complicated road to compliance by simply increasing paid time off (PTO) days?
The answers to these questions and more and the ultimate cost implications to Connecticut business will be answered in time. Stay tuned for more information on this topic.
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