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Connecticut Mandates Paid Sick Leave and Bars Pre-Employment Credit Checks

08/08/2011

With Democrats fully in control of both legislative houses and the governorship of a union-friendly state for the first time in more than a decade, two new laws have been enacted that place Connecticut at the leading edge of the current progressive agenda. First, in June of this year, Governor Daniel Malloy signed the first-in-the-nation mandatory sick leave law at the state level, joining the cities of San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Milwaukee in requiring that paid sick leave be granted to most non-exempt employees who meet minimal requirements. Now, Governor Malloy also has signed into law an act that forbids pre-employment credit checks in Connecticut except where required by law or when limited exceptions are met. This Alert discusses the new laws.