paid sick leave

Stephanie Hainley: Highlighting small businesses’ influence on policy

As the 2016 legislative session comes to a close, it’s important to recognize the ways that small businesses have positively influenced state policy this year.

Inside the Golden Bubble: Seeking Win-Win When You’re Stuck…In the Mud

The governor and the treasurer are both happy with the resolution of the divestment dispute; Norm McAllister’s request for reconsideration of his Senate suspension is going nowhere. And so was Speaker Shap Smith momentarily this week, like many, stuck in the mud.

Shumlin signs paid sick leave bill

A 10-year effort culminated in a law that will provide paid sick leave for approximately 60,000 Vermont workers who don’t receive the benefit currently.

Sarah Copeland Hanzas: Sick leave is good for businesses and workers

When workers have access to paid sick days studies show productivity, retention and morale all increase.

Peter Rousmaniere: What comes next, after paid sick leave?

What if we created and implemented a vision of 21st century worker protections, designed affordably to meet the needs of a healthy, confident, and upwardly mobile workforce?

NFIB Statement on Small Business Exemption to Paid Sick Leave Bill

News Release — NFIB Feb. 10, 2016 Contact: Kris Jolin Capital Connections, LLC P: 802-223-9160 MONTPELIER (February 10, 2016): The states leading small business organization, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is weighing in on the action taken by the Senate today regarding an exemption to mandatory paid leave legislation for those employing […]

Vermont Democratic Party statement on Phil Scott’s record on paid sick leave

News Release — Vermont Democratic Party Jan. 26, 2016 Contact: Christina Amestoy Vermont Democratic Party Communications Director (802) 448-4239 [email protected] “In an interview with VT Digger on Monday, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott said he hadn’t decided where he stood on the issue of paid sick leave, but he seems to be forgetting the record he’s […]

Rob Roper: Paid sick leave a cynical issue for 2016

The Legislature seems to think that every business has an endless source of cash stuffed in treasure chests hidden away in the attic.

Shumlin, Smith call for paid sick leave on Women’s Equality Day

A statewide paid sick leave bill will be taken up by the Senate in January. The bill prohibits Vermont companies from penalizing employees for taking a sick day.

Don Turner: Inhibiting job growth

State government should not decide what benefits are most important for employers to offer.

Michelle Fay: It’s time to do the right thing for working Vermonters

When working Vermonters can’t afford to take the time they need to care for their health and safety or the well-being of a family member, there is a cost.

Johann Kulsic: Earned sick leave critical for workers, public health

I am a minimum-wage, part-time worker in Burlington. I am financially independent, and my job is my only source of income.

Caleb Magoon: Moderate legislation through compromise with business

A year ago I wouldn’t have been caught dead supporting paid leave. Yet, that’s exactly what I am doing now.

Letters urge President Obama to highlight earned sick days in State of the Union

Vermont business owner, Jen Kimmich, and public school employee, Amy Lester, called on President Obama to push forward earned sick days in his State of the Union address.