Connecticut Expands Paid Sick Days

HB5005 Senate

Hartford, Conn. – Statement by Sarah Ganong, State Director of Connecticut Working Families Power, following the Senate’s approval of H.B. 5005, an act expanding paid sick days. This bill was CT WFP main priority for the 2024 legislative session.

The Connecticut State Senate has passed H.B. 5005, a bill that will extend essential paid sick days to more workers across our state. By ensuring all workers can address their health needs without the threat of financial hardship, we’ll support families and make our communities stronger.

The final vote 23-12 reflects our state’s commitment to the rights and well-being of workers. It is also an endorsement of the tireless dedication of hundreds of advocates, volunteers, and community leaders who since passage of the original law in 2011 have championed extending paid sick days to every worker in our state. Their support and mobilization have been instrumental in this achievement.

We are especially thankful to Senator Julie Kushner and Senator Jorge Cabrera for their leadership and steadfast commitment, and to Senate leadership for their prioritization and support of this policy over the years.

As we anticipate Governor Lamont’s signature, we celebrate tonight’s victory for working families in Connecticut. Today, we have taken another step towards a healthier, more equitable state where all workers can thrive.