The Campaign for Paid Family Leave applauds Governor Lamont and the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority’s hire of Andrea Barton Reeves as the agency’s first CEO.

The Campaign for Paid Family Leave is chaired by the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). CWEALF Executive Director Kate Farrar released the following statement:

“Today marks a critical step in the path to implement a sustainable paid family and medical leave program in Connecticut. We look forward to working collaboratively with Andrea Barton Reeves to ensure that all workers in our state have access to one of the strongest paid family and medical leave programs in the country.

Since 2012, the Campaign for Paid Family Leave has led a movement for paid leave driven by the voices of workers who risk poverty, bankruptcy and poor health outcomes to welcome a baby, care for a loved one or recover from a serious illness. As implementation of the program proceeds, the Campaign is committed to working alongside Barton Reeves and the Authority to create a paid leave program that fulfills the intent of the law: universal access to paid leave regardless of where a person works, what they earn, or who they care for. 

In just two years, eligible Connecticut workers will begin to receive paid family and medical leave compensation. We stand with the Authority as a partner in the implementation process for all workers to understand their rights under the new law and encourage Barton Reeves to prioritize implementation of the program that is transparent, user-friendly, and prioritizes the most underserved Connecticut residents.”