On July 5, 2011, Governor Malloy signed legislation making Connecticut the first state to mandate that certain employers provide paid sick leave. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2012.
The Connecticut law applies only to companies with 50 or more employees and that do not already offer at least five paid days off for full-time workers. The new law exempts manufacturers, salaried employees, temporary employees and employees of nationally chartered nonprofits. Employees qualify after four months on the job.
Under the new law, employees will accrue one hour of sick time for every 40 hours worked.
San Francisco and Washington, D.C. have paid sick leave requirements and a rule in Milwaukee has been in judicial limbo for some time. The Mayor of Philadelphia recently vetoed an ordinance that would have mandated paid sick leave for employees there.