HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Many Connecticut companies have been preparing for a new state law that will require them to provide certain workers with paid sick leave.

Starting Sunday, firms with 50 or more employees will be required to abide by the new law.

The state Department of Labor has met with dozens of employers in recent months to educate them on the nuances of the legislation. Heidi Lane, a principal attorney with the agency, says many employers already provide plenty of time, but they have to make sure workers accrue that time according to the new law.

Paid sick leave is one of a host of laws taking effect Jan. 1 in Connecticut. Others include a tax credit for businesses that hire new employees. There’s also mandatory insurance coverage for certain medical tests.

You can find a complete list of the new legislation taking effect here.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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