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Follow VPR's statehouse coverage, featuring Pete Hirschfeld and Bob Kinzel in our Statehouse Bureau in Montpelier.

Public Hearing On Paid Sick Days Bill

A bill in the House that would guarantee paid sick days for Vermont workers gets a public hearing at the Statehouse in Montpelier from 6-8 p.m.

The bill proposes giving workers one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked up to 56 total hours – or seven days – each year.

Organizers hope tonight’s testimony will encourage House lawmakers to set committee hearings before the end of the legislative session.

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Governor Peter Shumlin have said the paid sick days bill goes too far.

But backers of the bill say state-sanctioned paid sick days are a fundamental right for workers. They say many families face the possibility of debt or bankruptcy without a safety net that includes paid leave for employees.