Connecticut Passes Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave for Hourly Workers



On July 1, Connecticut became the first state in the country to require that companies provide hourly workers with paid sick leave.The law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012, requires that employers with 50 or more hourly workers grant those workers one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours. Sick days will be capped at five sick days, or 40 hours, a year. Manufacturing companies, temporary workers, day laborers, and independent contractors are exempt.Sick days may be taken for a worker’s illness, injury, or health condition; for illness or medical diagnosis of a child or spouse; or wh
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