For a private plan to be approved, the majority of employees who voted need to be in favor of the exemption.
True or False?
Busted! This statement is false.
The majority (50%+1 vote) of all Connecticut workers at the company need to vote in favor of a private plan in order for it to be approved – not just of those who voted.
In this voting process, if an employee does not vote, it is for all intent and purpose considered a “no” vote since the tally will be the number of Yes votes as compared to the number of all Connecticut workers at the company. For example, if an employer has 20 employees, 14 participate in the vote with 8 employees voting “yes”, the company would not be able to implement the private plan. So, it’s crucial that employees understand how important it is to participate.
Keep in mind, there are several guidelines from State regulating the voting process, e.g. the vote needs to be anonymous, capable of being verified after the fact, and non-coercive. Paper ballots or online apps can be used to conduct the vote, and the CT Paid Leave Authority is encouraging the use of online voting platforms. For a full description of how to apply for a private plan, including details on the voting process and links to the official guidelines, please visit our page on how to apply for a private plan.