Paid Sick Days Legislation Becomes Law

With Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature on March 9, Vermont became the fifth state to require that employees have access to earned leave. Other states that offer paid sick leave include, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, employees who work more than 18 hours per week are able to earn up to 24 hours of paid time off per year. After Dec. 31, 2018, employees working more that 18 hours per week will be eligible to earn up to 40 hours in a 12-month period.

Check out our resources, including FAQs, for Vermont's small businesses here.

Hate Has No Biz Here

The member businesses of the Main Street Alliance and our fellow small business owners throughout the country are deeply disturbed by the rising tide of hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at our Muslim and Arab community members, at refugees fleeing violence, at immigrants and at people of color in our communities. This swell of hate and fear permeating our national dialogue is dangerous. We believe it must be met head-on with clear statements of principle from local business owners because we are leaders in our communities.

America is a place where people from all nations, races, and creeds seeking freedom and opportunity should feel welcome and be able to build safe, prosperous lives for themselves and their families. When politicians and pundits target people in our communities for political gain, when they fan the flames of hatred and fear, when they attack our neighbors, friends, family members, fellow business owners, employees, and customers, we must stand up and make our voices and our values heard loud and clear.

Main Street Alliance of Vermont stands with our Muslim and Arab community members and we stand with refugees and immigrants. We welcome everyone. There is no place for hate in our businesses or in our country.

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