Earned sick time (H.208, which I co-sponsored) presently is the focus of considerable attention in the Vermont House. The General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee, of which I am the vice chair, has been taking extensive written and verbal testimony from numerous proponents and opponents.
Up to 60,000 Vermonters are estimated to be employed without any paid time off and they usually work in the lower-paying, customer-contact industries. As offered, the bill proposes that an employee earns sick days at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 56 hours a year.
If employers already provide equivalent time off (often known as combined time off, or a combination of vacation, personal, and sick days), conditions of the bill are generally met.
Our committee is exploring public health, employer and worker consequences of this proposal, and will craft final legislation that responds to testimony received.
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Rep. John Moran