We didn’t expect that our son would need to stay in the NICU for almost a month, and because of this unexpected emergency, I ended up having to take more unpaid leave than originally planned.
We’d love to put down permanent roots in Vermont, grow our family, but …
For middle-aged and older Vermonters, a higher minimum wage or a family leave program does not have the same benefit as lower taxes and a lower cost of living.
Is living hand to mouth at a time of family crisis the best our elected officials can do for the people of Vermont?
H.196 would levy a 0.141 percent payroll tax on most Vermont employees to create a six-week paid family leave program.
The vote in the House Appropriations Committee was 6-5, with at least one Democrat opposing it because of the tax on workers.
The new bill would provide six weeks of parental or family leave — not disability leave — and be funded through a 0.141 percent payroll tax on workers’ first $150,000 of wages.
As a mother, a caregiver to my husband, and a conservative Vermonter, I support a paid family and medical leave insurance program.
The Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children believes offering paid family leave is not only good for young children and their families — it’s good for Vermont overall.
The sponsors say the bill would help businesses offer more benefits to their employees. Gov. Phil Scott says he would veto it if it would raise taxes and fees.
Lawmakers will also consider legislation that would require all businesses to provide 12 weeks of paid parental leave and short-term disability coverage to employees.
The lack of access to paid leave is putting a strain on working families, small businesses, and the overall economy.
Because of unexpected job cuts, what should have been a happy, peaceful time to bond as a new family was anything but.
Recently the VT FaMLI Coalition launched a campaign to establish a family and medical leave insurance program for all working Vermonters.