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From fighting against misleading food labeling and abusive credit card fees to advocating for an internet that is accessible, fair, and secure for all Vermonters, VPIRG is dedicated to pushing for laws and regulations that better protect the consumer and ensure that Vermont is a desirable, safe, and economically vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. .
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Recent Consumer Protection News
Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee advanced H.196, the paid family leave insurance proposal. This is great news! The paid family leave bill has had months of testimony from citizens, business owners, advocates, and experts, and is finally expecting a vote on the House floor next week. This proposal would allow workers to take needed time to ...Read More
This session, the Vermont Senate passed a bill that would have weakened the state’s existing strong law banning gifts from pharmaceutical and medical device companies to Vermont medical professionals. More and more, researchers are finding that gifts – even as seemingly insignificant as a free meal – have a real impact on consequent decisions made by ...Read More
S.135, an economic omnibus bill that includes the establishment of a public retirement plan for Vermonters, has successfully passed through the Senate! Now in the House Commerce and Economic Development and Government Operations committees, the bill follows recommendations from a report brought to the legislature earlier this year by the Public Retirement Study Committee, chaired by ...Read More
After weeks of testimony, the paid family and medical leave bill was passed out of the House General, Housing & Military Affairs Committee last Friday. H.196 proposes a statewide family and medical leave insurance (VT FaMLI) program that would provide up to 12 weeks of paid time off for employees needing extended time for a birth, ...Read More
The numbers don’t look good: almost half of all private-sector employees in Vermont lack access to a retirement plan through their employer, and for those who are able to save, it’s often “insufficient”. In fact, the average balance for Vermonters with defined contribution accounts is the lowest in the country.Better retirement savings would strengthen the financial ...Read More
We all know that balancing life and work can be hard- and after a birth, serious injury, or long-term illness, that balance can be near impossible. This is especially true when workers and their families are forced to choose between a paycheck, and staying home to care for themselves or a loved one. Most countries guarantee ...Read More
VPIRG joined over 300 other farming, beekeeping, farm worker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups this week in calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to put consumer and farmer interests above corporate interests, by conducting a thorough investigation of the proposed mergers between the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies – Bayer AG ...Read More
After VPIRG released our 31st annual Trouble in Toyland report and data from Vermont’s Toxic Free Families Act the responses from manufacturers and the toy industry were a bit puzzling. Instead of addressing known and possible carcinogens contained in their products, or ways to ensure parents know when toys are recalled, they wanted to make ...Read More