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:1.5x hourly wage
  • Rest and meal breaks: 30 minutes over 7.5 hour shift to be taken after the first two hours and before the last two hours
  • 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
  • The right to not be fired as an act of retaliation or for voicing their rights as an employee
  • The right to keep their identifying and other personal documents 
  • Workers Compensation is required if someone works in your home 26 hours per week or more
  • Unemployment Benefits: If someone works in your home and was 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 licences).

Hand in Hand can help you make sure that your home is a fair workplace! We will answer your questions and help ensure you’re in compliance. Reach out to [email protected] to learn more.