Vermont Workers One Step Closer to Paid Sick Days

By Steph Machado

Published 02/11 2014 06:35PM

Updated 02/11 2014 07:25PM

MONTPELIER - A bill to mandate paid sick leave in Vermont passed the House General, Housing and Military Affairs committee by a vote of 6-1 Tuesday.

The bill would require employers to pay their workers one hour of sick leave per 30 hours worked. This would allow full-time employees to accrue more paid sick time than part-time.

Seasonal workers would not be able to use paid sick leave during their first season of employment. Businesses that employ four or fewer workers would be exempt.

State Rep. Helen Head (D-South Burlington) is the chair of the House General committee: "This bill is an important step for the 60,000 Vermonters who do not have any form of paid leave," Rep. Head said. "It is also an important step toward protecting family health and public health."

The bill is expected to be taken up by the House Appropriations committee next.

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