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Vermont Paid Sick Leave Bill Heading Back To Senate

Vermont Senate Chamber
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Vermont Senate Chamber

The Vermont Senate is set to take another look at a bill that would require the state's employers to provide workers with paid sick days after a close vote last week.
The Senate last Wednesday gave what appeared to be final approval to the bill requiring a minimum of three paid sick days a year during the first two years after passage and five thereafter.

But on Thursday, Senator William Doyle, a Washington County Republican, said he wanted to reconsider his vote against an amendment to exempt businesses with five or fewer employees. That amendment had been narrowly defeated on Wednesday.  “No matter how that amendment goes I’m going to vote for paid leave period. I wasn’t trying to take anything away from paid leave. The root of the issue is that small businesses have a hard time hanging on.”

The Senate ended up putting off further action on the matter and rescheduled it for this coming Wednesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

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