Vermont May Be the Next State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave
Vermont may become the fifth state to mandate that employers provide paid sick time to their employees. On February 17th, the Vermont State Legislature passed a bill requiring employers to provide at least 3 paid sick days. Governor Peter Shumlin is expected to sign the bill, which would put the new law into effect on January 1, 2017. All employers will be required to comply, however those with fewer than 6 employees will not have to comply until January 1, 2018. From January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018, employers will be required to provide 24 hours (3 work days) of paid sick time. After December 31, 2018, the number of required paid sick hours will increase to 40 per year (5 work days). Employers with employees in Vermont are encouraged to prepare for this change in anticipation of the bill being signed into law.
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