I have scheduled a public hearing on the House-passed bill (H.196), which would establish a paid family leave insurance program for Vermont workers.
As passed the House, the bill would provide:
• up to 80 percent weekly wage replacement
• for up to six weeks leave
• for a serious family illness or maternity/paternity leave.
There would be a small contribution of .14 of one percent of a worker’s wages which would equal about a penny and a half per hour on a minimum wage worker.
Current law, which requires job protection only for those workers who work for businesses with 10 or more employees, would remain unchanged. This means that under the House-passed bill Vermonters working for small businesses, who choose to take paid leave, would not be guaranteed a job upon their return. They would have to work that out with their employer, just as they do now under Vermont’s current unpaid family and medical Act.
Obviously, there are many moving parts and variables we are considering within this bill. The bill as it passed the House can be reviewed online at:
The Public Hearing will be before the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Tuesday, April 10, in Room 11 of the Statehouse from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sen. Michael Sirotkin
Chair, Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee