Be aware of the new laws as of January 1, 2022

ESSEX, CHESTER, DEEP RIVER, CT – State Representative Christine Palm informs the community of the new laws that will come into effect on January 1, 2022:

“Dear neighbour,

In addition to marking the start of a new year, January 1 also marks the enactment of new laws in our state. Keep in mind that some laws passed in 2021 will not come into effect until later in the year or in 2023, for example recreational cannabis. Below, I’ve rounded up a few that will go into effect on the first of the year that I think will be of interest to you.

Paid family and medical leave program
Connecticut’s Paid Family Leave and Medical Leave program will begin accepting claims for qualifying events, such as the birth or adoption of a child, illness of a family member or caregiver. even, as of January 1.
Under the program, adopted by the legislature in 2019, eligible workers will be able to be absent from work for up to 12 weeks without losing income. This money comes from a pool created by a half percent payroll deduction, and the combined power of this pool will mean people will no longer be forced to choose between work or health.
Connecticut is only the eighth state in the country to adopt a paid family and medical leave program. Currently, only 13% of private sector workers in the United States have access to paid family and medical leave.

The program is administered by the Connecticut Paid Leave Authority. Applications can be submitted from January 2022 through the website or by email, fax, phone or post. The toll-free phone support line for applications is 877-499-8606.

Immunizations Act
While COVID-19 takes care of most of our health problems, it is not the only disease requiring vaccination. As of January 1, no religious exemption from state-imposed childhood vaccinations for students attending public and private schools (including higher education institutions) will be granted. As of January 1, all children entering school must be vaccinated against:

  • Diphtheria
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • whooping cough
  • Poliomyelitis
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus

Exemptions submitted before April 28, 2021 for those who are enrolled in kindergarten or more, will benefit from acquired rights.

A law relating to the zoning law, secondary suites, the training of certain land use officials, municipal affordable housing plans and a commission on the development and future of Connecticut
The legislature has taken a much needed step by increasing the supply of affordable housing so that people such as students, retirees, empty nesters and municipal workers can afford to live in our district. From January 1, it will be allowed to construct and rent to family tenants or other tenants in residential and single-family areas dwellings such as garages, apartments for in-laws or “grandparents”. ”, Provided that they are adapted to the scale and architecture of the city.

An Act respecting a tax credit for employers who make payments on certain loans made to employees by the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority
This law helps both the employer and the employee. With the rising costs of higher education and student debt, this law aims to encourage companies to support the financial well-being of their employees. This law provides tax relief to employers who make eligible student loan payments on behalf of a qualified employee. The maximum credit per employee per year of income is $ 2,625.

An Act respecting dental and vision insurance coverage for children, stepchildren and other dependent children
This law allows health, dental and vision insurance policies to be extended to children, stepchildren or dependents up to the age of 26. Previously, stepchildren and dependents were not always covered by this provision.

Connecticut Parentage Law
The Connecticut Parentage Act authorizes equal treatment under the law for same-sex couples by granting non-biological parents legal rights, regardless of the parents’ marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.

An Act respecting diabetes and high-deductible health plans
This new law makes vital insulin affordable. As of January 1, some health insurance policies must:

  • Expand coverage for diabetes screening, drugs and devices
  • Limit reimbursable expenses for drugs and covered devices related to diabetes
  • Cover drugs and emergency devices related to diabetes prescribed and dispensed by a pharmacist under the provisions of this Act

An Act respecting the use of force by a peace officer
Starting in the new year, new provisions will limit the circumstances in which a law enforcement officer can use lethal physical force, as well as the cases in which officers can use strangles. The General Assembly made these changes in 2020 following the death of George Floyd, and a compromise was reached with Connecticut law enforcement to defer implementation of these provisions until 2022 so that agents have more time to receive training on them.

An Act Respecting Discrimination in Insurance Against Living Organ Donors and Establishing an Advisory Committee on Chronic Kidney Diseases
Living organ donors offer the gift of life to those waiting on the transplant list, but often face higher insurance premiums or denial of coverage following the donation. With so much waiting for a transplant, we must work to increase the number of living organ donors. This law does exactly that by prohibiting insurers from discriminating against living organ donors.

For a full list of laws coming into effect on January 1, CLICK HERE.

Please feel free to email me at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


Christine palm
State representative “

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