Connecticut’s current minimum wage rate is $13.00.
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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Connecticut labor laws require 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 Statute 31-76b-76i. 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.
Under certain circumstances, employers in Connecticut may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Connecticut Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.
Meals and Breaks
Connecticut labor laws require employers to provide their employees a meal period of at least thirty (30) consecutive minutes if they have worked for seven and one half (7½) or more consecutive hours. Such period shall be given at some time after the first two (2) hours of work and before the last two (2) 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 five (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.
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.
Nursing Mother Breaks
Connecticut labor laws require employers to allow employees who are nursing mothers to express breast milk during meal and rest breaks.
Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide nursing mother employees with private locations where nursing mothers may express breast milk. The locations must be in close proximity to the nursing mothers’ work areas. Toilet stalls do not meet the minimum standards for the nursing mothers location.
Reasonable efforts to provide the minimum requirements for nursing mother locations may not impose an undue hardship on the employer’s business. Whether an employer will suffer an undue hardship by providing a nursing mother location involves how significant the difficulty or expense of it will be related to such factors as:
- the size of the business
- its financial resources
- the nature and structure of its operation
Information about Connecticut vacation leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
Information about Connecticut sick leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
Information about Connecticut holiday leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Connecticut jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
Information about Connecticut voting leave laws may now be found on our Connecticut Leave Laws page.
Connecticut labor laws do 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.
Under certain circumstances, Connecticut residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Connecticut State Unemployment Benefits.