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STATE SENATOR

Gary Winfield

A Passion For Progress

I Support Earned Family Leave/Pay Equity/Minimum Wage Hike

Great news! Democrats on the legislature's Labor Committee voted this week to pass earned family and medical leave, pay equity and raising the minimum wage.

On a personal note, having had twins recently, I understand this issue of not having earned family and medical leave in a very real way. My experience reminds us that this is not just a women's issue, but it's an issue for all of us. It's an issue for Connecticut families.

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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!

I am happy to report that--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.'

I look forward to seeing this bill make 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 administration may try and do in the future!