CBIA-led coalition defeats costly paid leave bill in Connecticut

On June 17, the U.S. Department of Labor announced that $1.25 million will be made available to research and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented across the country. The department's Women's Bureau will administer the funding opportunity.

Greater access to paid leave is a priority for the Obama administration.

In Connecticut, a bill that would have granted employees up to 12 weeks per year of paid family medical leave at 100% of their pay up to $1,000 per week: and required businesses to continue providing them with non-wage benefits: was defeated in the 2015 General Assembly session. A CBIA-led coalition of chambers of commerce and other business organizations was largely responsible for stopping the proposal along with many other labor bills that would have dramatically increased costs and administrative burdens on Connecticut businesses.