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STATE SENATOR

Carlo Leone

Integrity & Collaboration

Support Earned Family Leave/Pay Equity/Minimum Wage Hike

The legislature's Labor Committee voted this week to pass earned family and medical leave, pay equity and raising the minimum wage.

Republicans once again turned their backs on working families in Connecticut by voting against creating a Earned Family and medical leave policy in Connecticut and against increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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The Earned Family and Medical Leave bill provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave to qualifying employees, at 100 percent of their salary, with a cap of $1,000 per week. The minimum wage bill gradually increases the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next three years; after that it would be indexed to rise with the rate of inflation.

The Pay Equity bill passed by the Labor Committee prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee's previous wages, or requiring employees to sign a waiver denying their right to disclose wages.

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Democrats Back 10 Essential Health Benefits for Women!

Despite two Republican attempts to gut portions of the bill, Democrats on the Insurance Committee have approved our "10 Essential Health Benefits for Women" legislation.

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The bill says that insurance policies offered for sale in Connecticut must cover various essential health benefits for women, children and adolescents--including maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health services, and preventive care--thereby preserving the federal Affordable Care Act's ten essential health benefits and preserving women's access to contraception with no out of pocket cost--even if the Trump administration ever succeeds in killing 'Obamacare.'

Republicans in the legislature introduced two amendments to try and gut this bill--including one amendment to make the above-mentioned health benefits merely "optional"--but Democrats on the committee successfully fought back.

This bill is making its way through the legislature so that the three-quarters of a million Connecticut women who count on these benefits can continue to remain healthy--no matter what the Trump Republicans and his administration may try and do in the future!