Rep. Ferraro Stands By Name To Delay PFMLA

March 10, 2021

This week House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora sent a letter to Auditor Kevin Lembo regarding the Connecticut Family Medical Leave Act’s new payroll tax. While the state gave companies a March 1, 2021 registration deadline, it has become known that the Connecticut state has failed to establish its own payroll guidelines for its non-union employees.

“As a small business owner and a longtime member of the Budgets Committee, I know all too well the effects of over-taxing our working class and the companies they work for. That is why I tabled House Bill 5962 at this meeting, proposing postponing wage deduction for the law on paid family leave by one year, “said MP Charles Ferraro (R-117). “Connecticut has become far too complacent to keep our businesses and workers struggling. Every year new fees and taxes are added to an already stifled economy. How can we create job growth when our working class, and consequently our businesses, fail? We need to shake hands with our workers so we can help them get back on their feet. “

The state’s new paid family and sick leave program, approved by the Democrats in 2019, went into effect January 1, 2021. It provided for a compulsory wage deduction of 0.5 percent for private and non-union government employees. The state-run CT Paid Leave Authority reported Thursday that around 44,000 companies have not yet complied with the March 1 registration requirement. This is a step employers must take to start with wage deduction.

“Last year my caucus repeatedly urged Governor Lamont to postpone the start of the PFMLA payroll tax, highlighting the burden it would place on businesses and financially troubled residents. The state is waiting for tens of thousands of businesses to comply with It It appears that private sector employers, as predicted, are facing complications in launching this program. “State Representative Charles Ferraro continued,” It is also evident that Connecticut state has been ill-prepared as it has the necessary program initiations and didn’t make any wage deductions for its non-union employees. I just stood with my colleagues back then as I do now. “

State Representative Charles Ferraro represents Connecticut’s 117th Congregation District, which includes Milford, Orange, and West Haven.

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