by Fran Pastore — When Gov. Ned Lamont signed the Connecticut Paid Leave into law just over four years ago, there was a feeling of joy – and relief – among those who had advocated for years to bring this program to our state.
Four years ago, the ways in which a paid family and medical leave program would positively impact Connecticut’s workforce was well understood in theory.
That theory has now been in practice for a year and a half and has proven successful, allowing both individuals and families to breathe a bit easier during a challenging time.
Nearly 66,000 workers in Connecticut have received over $375 million in benefits when they were unable to work due to a qualifying serious health or family reason. People across Connecticut no longer must choose between making ends meet and caring for their own health, caring for a loved one, or having the ability to expand their family.