Use a Connecticut employment contract to protect both the employer and the employee. An employment contract clearly outlines what is expected of both parties. It states the job responsibilities of the employee, and then the compensation they will receive from the employer. An employment contract will also cover elements such as start date, term, benefits, and probationary period (if applicable). If you’re hiring employees in Connecticut, there are some state laws you need to be aware of.
Employment Contracts: What to Consider as an Employer in Connecticut
Before you write your Connecticut employment contract, there are several state laws and requirements that you should know.
In Connecticut, at-will employment is allowed, with the exception of public policy and implied contracts understandings.
Minimum Wage Laws in Connecticut
Basic Minimum Rate (per hour): $14.00
Premium Pay After Designated Hours: Weekly – 40*
The Connecticut minimum wage is scheduled to increase to $15.00 per hour on June 1, 2023.
If the federal minimum wage rate requires or becomes higher than the state minimum, then the Connecticut minimum wage rate automatically increases to 0.5 percent higher than the rate set in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
*In restaurants (including hotel restaurants), premium pay is required at time and one-half the minimum rate for the 7th consecutive day of work
Employment/Age Certification in Connecticut
For minors under 16, employment certificates are required in Connecticut. Minors can acquire an employment certificate through their school.
Employers are expected to identify minors whom they employ, but age certification is not required in Connecticut.
Payday Requirements in Connecticut
In Connecticut, employees must be paid weekly. Longer intervals (up to monthly) are permitted if approved by the labor commissioner.
Minimum Periods for Breaks and Meals in Connecticut
Minimum rest periods are not required in Connecticut, however, meal periods are required. Meal periods are required for half an hour at some time after the first two hours and before the last two hours for employees who work seven and a half consecutive hours or more.
Connecticut Employment Contract Sample
Use our Connecticut employment contract template to easily and quickly create an effective agreement.