Julie Kushner

State Senator

Julie Kushner

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Working Together for Progress

February 19, 2019

Sen. Kushner Applauds Passage Of Paid Family Leave Bill In Labor Committee

State Senator Julie Kushner (D-Danbury) today applauded the Labor and Public Employee Committee passage of the Democrats’ top priority for the 2019 legislative session, Senate Bill 1, a paid family and medical leave program that will give employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave away from work in order to care for a newborn or a sick family member.

“We are leading the way in making Connecticut a better place to live and work,” said Sen. Kushner, who is Senate Chair of the Labor Committee. “As I went door to door last fall, I learned that paid family leave is not a partisan issue – the Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters I spoke with support it. Taking care of loved ones during a serious illness is something that affects every family. And, we shouldn’t have to choose between taking care of a family member and earning a paycheck.”

Senate Bill 1 calls for the creation of a Family and Medical Leave insurance program in Connecticut offering up to 12 weeks of paid leave at a maximum of $1,000 per week per employee. The program would be funded by an employee contribution not exceeding one-half of one percent of earnings.