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On February 17, 2016 Vermont passed legislation under H.187 that will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours (or 3 days) of paid sick leave. This new law will go into effect on January 1, 2017. Employers will be required to provide the 24 hours of sick leave through December 31, 2018, at which time they will be required to up the amount of paid sick leave to 40 hours (or 5 days) in a 12 month period. Employees earn at least 1 hour of sick time per every 52 hours worked.

Employer requirements:

  • All employers with at least 6 employees must comply by 1/1/2017
  • Employers with less than 6 employees must comply by 1/1/2018
  • Employers with less than 6 employees must comply by 1/1/2018
  • New employers have a full year to comply after hiring their first employee
  • Employer must place notice of the sick leave policy in a conspicuous place
  • New employees must be advised of the new sick leave policy at the time of hire
  • Employers are not required to pay out any sick time that has not been used, but it can be carried over to the next year

Employee eligibility requirements:

  • Must work at least an average of 18 hours per week in a 12 month period
  • Must have worked at least 20 weeks in a 12 month period
  • Employees may accrue, but not use their sick leave within their first year of employment
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Federal employees are excepted from this legislation
  • Absences must be taken in increments of not less than one hour

Reasons for leave:

  • Employees own illness or injury
  • Employees own preventative medical care
  • To care for a sick or injured family member, including child, foster child, grandchild, grandparent, parent, parent-in-law, sibling or spouse.

One may arrange for social or legal services for the family member or to assist them with relocation if they have been a victim of domestic or sexual violence, stalking or assault. One may also care for the family member if the school or business that they usually attend is closed for public health or safety reasons.

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