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After A Year, Taking Stock Of Vermont's Paid Sick Time Law

As of Jan. 1, 2018, all Vermont employers are required by law to provide paid sick time to employees working 18 hours a week or more.
Kelly Sikkema
While small businesses have been complying with the rule since 2017, as of Jan. 1, 2018, all Vermont employers are required by law to provide paid sick time to employees working 18 hours a week or more.

For more than a year, Vermont has required employers to provide paid sick time to employees working at least 18 hours per week. Even businesses that already offered paid sick leave often required policy changes to comply. We're looking at Vermont's paid sick time law one year in.

The law was gradually phased in after going into effect at the beginning of 2017. As of Jan. 1, 2018, all employers are required to provide paid sick time to employees over the age of 18.

Vermont Edition talks about whether businesses are meeting the law's requirements and what issues they face with:

  • Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle of the Vermont Department of Labor.
  • Alexandra Clauss, an attorney and shareholder at Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, who helps Vermont businesses with compliance issues.
  • Patrick Walsh, associate professor of economics at St. Michael’s College.

Broadcast Thursday, March 15, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Note: Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC is a VPR underwriter.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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