Giving Compass' Take:

• Daniela Altimari reports that Connecticut passed a paid family and medical leave law, making it one of the few states with a sweeping policy. 

• How can funders work to advance policies that support working people? 

• Learn why family caregiving matters for family leave policies


Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law one of the nation's most expansive family and medical leave programs.

"It's about time," Lamont said at a news conference in the Old Judiciary Room at the state Capitol, flanked by lawmakers and others who had supported the bill. "[This bill] means you can now take the time you need to care for a sick child, to care for a new child and do what you've got to do and you don't need to choose between a job and someone you love."

Paid family and medical leave policies allow workers to take a specified amount of paid time off from work to deal with a health issue or care for a new baby or an ailing loved one. However details vary widely, depending on the way the program is structured. In some northern European countries, workers are guaranteed up to a year of paid leave. Most state-level programs, including Connecticut's, are far less generous, providing between 12 and 20 weeks of paid leave.

Under the law signed by Lamont, Connecticut workers at firms of one or more employee will be eligible for paid time off to care for a newborn, a newly adopted or foster child, a seriously ill relative by blood or marriage or a close associate who is the equivalent of a family member. Employees dealing with their own serious health conditions or who are serving as a marrow or organ donor will also be eligible.

Read the full article about family and medical leave by Daniela Altimari at Governing Magazine.