Vermont House pushes through paid family leave bill

Vermont News

Vermont’s House of Representatives has approved legislation that would create statewide paid medical and family leave.

The legislation advanced Thursday would impose a new payroll tax on virtually all workers in Vermont to fund the nearly $80 million needed annually to fund the paid leave benefit. Vermont Public Radio reports the bill allows workers to take up to 12 weeks to care for a newborn child or eight weeks to deal with a personal or family medical issue.

The bill would use a 0.55% payroll tax to fund the insurance pool from which benefits would be paid out, which Republican Gov. Phil Scott has said he cannot support.

A similar bill passed both chambers of the Legislature last year, but Scott vetoed the proposal.

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