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Interviews with Our Champions: Carmina Tessitore

Why is paid family and medical leave important to you personally? My role as family law attorney and mediator, serving clients in New Haven and Fairfield counties in Connecticut from my small firm (The Law Offices of Carmina K. Tessitore, Esq., LLC http://www.ckt-law.com) is tremendously important to me.  My career success however is inextricably linked … Continue reading Interviews with Our Champions: Carmina Tessitore

Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics, Milford

I am the owner of Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics in Milford, Connecticut. We’re a small, family-owned business founded by my great grandfather in 1921. We specialize in comfortable, everyday footwear for men, women and kids. We have 6 employees, all of whom have worked here for over 6 years. We have little, if any … Continue reading Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Arciuolo’s Shoes and Footstar Orthotics, Milford

Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Petonito’s Pastry Shop, East Haven

Petonito’s Pastry Shop has been in business for over 60 years. I took the business over from my father some time ago, and we specialize in wedding cakes and other sweet treats. Since my father opened the bakery in 1954, we've baked over 25,000 wedding cakes. With the help of our great staff here, I … Continue reading Connecticut Businesses Support Paid Family Leave: Petonito’s Pastry Shop, East Haven

Stories from Connecticut Voters: Austin

The proposed paid family and medical leave (“PFML”) legislation would create a more worker-friendly and attractive business environment in the state of Connecticut. I have heard it stated multiple times that Connecticut is losing businesses and young workers, who are attracted to larger urban areas like Boston or New York City. As a young person, … Continue reading Stories from Connecticut Voters: Austin

Planning for the Unplanned

Almost any working parent (in the Northeast) can relate to the feeling of receiving an early morning call on the day of a snow storm and hearing the news that school is closed. Panic ensues as you attempt to figure out childcare for the day because you need to work but you also need to take care of your children. Now, imagine that the phone call isn’t about school being closed but it’s about your child having a serious illness, and, the time you’re going to need out of work isn’t just for a day, it’s indefinitely.

Take a Stand for Paid Leave this Election!

Have you heard? Connecticut is officially surrounded by states (RI, NJ, NY and MA) that have passed comprehensive paid family and medical leave legislation. To attract young workers to our state - and support families, caregivers, and businesses - CT must be next! Every year since 2015, the General Assembly has inched closer to passage … Continue reading Take a Stand for Paid Leave this Election!