If you live in Connecticut and employ any of the workers listed below in your home, then you have legal obligations as a domestic employer.

  • Nanny
  • House Cleaner
  • Home Attendant
  • Chef
  • Driver
  • Household Manager

Domestic workers have the following rights in Connecticut:

  • Minimum wage is $13 effective January 1, 2022. On July 1, 2022, it will increase to $14 and on June 1, 2023, it will increase to $15.
  • Overtime pay for hours worked over 40 per week is 1.5 times the regular wage.
  • Rest and meal breaks: The worker is entitled to a 30-minute break if they work a shift of 7.5 hours or more, and the break is to occur after the first two hours and before the last two hours of the shift.
  • The employer must provide the domestic worker with a written notice of rights which includes: pay rate, hours, payment schedules, job duties, availability and rate of paid time off, fees for board and lodging, and how to file a complaint. Complaint forms are available on the website of the Wage and Workplace Standards Division of the Connecticut Department of Labor: https://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/
  • The right to not be fired as an act of retaliation or for voicing their rights as a worker
  • The right to keep their identifying and other personal documents
  • A worker who suffers an injury or accident in the workplace can apply for Workers Compensation if they work in your home at least 26 hours per week. For more information, visit: https://ctpaidleave.org/
  • Unemployment Benefits: A worker can apply for benefits if they worked in your home and were paid at least $1,000 in a 3-month period during the current year or the previous year
  • Paid Leave:
    • All employees in Connecticut pay 0.5% of their income into the Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance pool.
    • Employees may collect up to 12 weeks in income replacement benefits.
    • Independent contractors can opt to contribute 0.5% of their “self-employment income” to Paid Family and Medical Leave insurance.
    • For more information visit: https://ctpaidleave.org
  • Paid Sick Time:
  • Protection against discrimination & harassment
    • In workplaces with 3 or more employees, domestic workers are protected from discrimination and harassment in the workplace on the basis of age, national origin, race, genetic information, learning disabilities, civil status, present and past mental health history, physical disability, religious beliefs, sex, including pregnancy, sexual harassment, transgender, gender identity, civil union status, risks to reproductive health at the workplace and criminal background (state employment and licenses).