December 2021 – Legal Updates

Written by Jordan Turner

Human Resources Specialist

Applied Business Solutions

December 14, 2021

The California Family Rights Act is amended. The definition of “parent” will now cover a parent-in-law, i.e., the parent of a spouse or domestic partner.

In Connecticut starting January 1, 2022, employees will be able to access paid leave benefits under the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Act which amends several key items in the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA) including:

  • Dropping the employee threshold from 75 or more to one or more employees
  • Eliminating the hours-worked requirement for employee eligibility and dropping the months-worked requirement from 12 to three
  • Allowing up to 12 weeks of leave in any 12-month period (from 16 weeks in a 24-month period), and allowing an additional two weeks of leave for incapacitation during pregnancy
  • Broadening the list of covered family members to include grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and individuals whose close association is equivalent to a covered family relationship, and amending the definitions of parent, son or daughter and next of kin
  • Allowing employees to retain at least two weeks of accrued paid leave that the employee may elect, or the employer may require the employee, to otherwise substitute for unpaid CFMLA.

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