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CT DOL Releases Proposed Paid FMLA Regulations

On Friday, January 28, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor quietly released proposed regulations for the amended Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act, which includes Connecticut Paid FMLA. The Act became effective January 1, 2022. The proposed regulations will be subject to a 30-day comment period, ending on February 28, 2022. A virtual hearing on the proposed regulations will take place on the morning of February 17th.

The proposed regulations contain provisions on the process for verifying familial relationships, and the ability for employees to proceed directly to court with complaints of CT FMLA violations. In addition, the proposed regulations address fitness-for-duty requests, contact with employees’ medical providers to obtain clarification and authentication of certifications, reasons for recertification requests, and other topics.

The proposed regulations will not be adopted until after the close of the comment period and are subject to change based on comments received. Final regulations may not be available until a few months after the effective date of the CT FMLA amendments.