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Connecticut Expands and Further Defines Sick Leave Under SB2

06 July 2023

Connecticut Expands and Further Defines Sick Leave Under SB-2

On June 26, 2023, Connecticut’s governor signed SB 2, which expands the reasons covered employees can use leave under the state’s paid sick and safe leave law, effective October 1, 2023.

Recap on Connecticut Paid Sick and Safe Leave: Connecticut was an early adopter of mandatory paid sick and safe leave. The 2012 law, which allows covered employees to earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours per year, is, however, narrower than others across the country.

Employees: SB 2 expands covered uses in two ways:

  • First, service workers can use “sick” leave for a “mental health wellness day,” i.e., a day during which the individual attends to their emotional and psychological well-being instead of working their regularly scheduled shift.
  • Second, in addition to taking “safe” leave if they personally are a victim of family violence or sexual assault, service workers can take such leave if they are a parent or guardian of a child who is a victim as well. The leave would be designed for medical care, psychological or other counseling for physical or psychological injury or disability. Other qualified leave criteria would be time for obtaining services from a victim services organization, relocating due to family violence or sexual assault, or participating in any civil or criminal proceedings related to or resulting from family violence or sexual assault.

Employers: Required Large Employers have three months to review and, if necessary, revise their leave policies and practices and educate their employees on the new paid sick and safe leave uses. The amendment extending safe leave to family members who are victims of family violence or sexual assault may not be news to multi-state employers doing business in Connecticut, as they may already be required to allow such leave in other jurisdictions; however, the new sick leave provision allowing for mental health days is new. Employers may be looking for assistance in defining terminology in the provisions for employees to attend to emotional and psychological well-being –  ACO will continue to monitor the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website for future guidance or regulations.

Future Developments: HB-6668: Proposed Small Employer Sick Leave.  CT House Bill 6668 mandates that employers with 11 or more employees provide up to 40 hours of annual paid sick leave. This Bill is currently making its way through the system for possible expansion of sick leave to smaller employers.

If you have any questions, or need any assistance with sick leave, or employer compliance, please contact our office (203) 925-9600

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Sherri Fisher is a Tax Manager at Accavallo & Company, LLC.  Sherri has longstanding expertise in Trust and Estate Taxation, Eldercare, and Estate planning. Sherri appreciates the relationships she has built with estate planning attorneys and advisors, to provide a team approach to assisting her clients. Sherri also has seasoned experience in business and individual taxation and is partial to assisting start-ups in developing overall accounting and operating plans.

Prior to joining Accavallo & Company, LLC, Sherri was a manager in a large firm, servicing high net worth trust clients, business, and personal clients. She was also a Partner in a large bookkeeping firm, which specialized in cloud accounting systems for regional and national companies. Sherri led a team in assisting clients to organize their accounting systems.  She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. degree in Accounting.    

Sherri’s experience includes working with companies and organizations in a variety of industries including:

  • Investment Trusts

  • DAPT and Family Investment Partnerships

  • Estate and Probate Administration

  • E-Commerce

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Real Estate Investment

  • Marketing and Service-based industries

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sherri is an Intuit Advanced Pro Advisor, Intuit Future Firm Advisory Board member, member of the Valley WIN Network, and proudly served as past Connecticut Public School liaison for the Yale Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. Sherri enjoys time with her family, Cleveland sports, thrifting and gardening.