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Connecticut - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

Connecticut's current minimum wage rate is $8.70.
For more information on Connecticut's minimum wage laws, visit our Connecticut Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

Connecticut requires employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek. Some exceptions apply. CT Dept. of Labor Wage FAQs. An employer must also comply with federal overtime laws. See FLSA. Federal law will apply in cases where it benefits employees more, otherwise state law applies.
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Meals and Breaks

Connecticut employers must provide their employees a meal period of at least thirty (30) consecutive minutes if they have worked for 7½ or more consecutive hours. Such period shall be given at some time after the first two hours of work and before the last two hours. The Labor Commissioner will exempt an employer from this requirement if one of the following conditions is present:
  • complying with this requirement would endanger public safety;
  • the duties of the position can only be performed by one employee;
  • the employer employs fewer than 5 employees on that shift at that one location (this only applies only to employees on that particular shift); or,
  • the employer's operation requires that employees be available to respond to urgent conditions, and that the employees are compensated for the meal period.
Conn. Stat. 31-51ii. There are no state laws requiring an employer to provide a break. However, in accordance with federal law, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
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Vacation Leave

Information about Connecticut vacation leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about Connecticut sick leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about Connecticut holiday leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about Connecticut jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about Connecticut voting leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

Connecticut law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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