Vermont Becomes Fifth State to Pass Paid Sick Leave Law

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On March 9, 2016, Vermont joined four other states in requiring all private employers statewide to provide paid sick leave benefits to their workers. Beginning in 2017, Vermont employees who work at least 18 hours per week will accrue three days of paid sick leave.  The law includes a phase-in period for small employers (meaning five or fewer employees), who will not be subject to the law until 2018.

For detailed information on the new paid sick leave regulations, including eligibility, accrual rates, waiting periods and more, Vermont employers should review the full text of the law here.

Note that Vermont employers who already offer paid time off/paid sick time or are a party to a collective bargaining agreement will be in compliance with the new law if employees are permitted to use their paid time benefit for the above reasons set forth in the law, and if their current policy offers accrual and usage rates equal or more generous than the new law.

 

Action Items:

  1. Read the full text of the new law online here.
  2. Review current paid time off, paid sick leave or collective bargaining agreements, policies and procedures for compliance with the new law.
  3. Contact ManagEase at (888) 230-3231 for assistance in implementing a paid sick leave policy and revising employee handbooks and policy documents.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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