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, adoption, illness, or injury. Paid family and medical leave programs are the norm in the rest of the world, but have yet to become commonplace in the United States.
The bill passed out of the committee with a 7-4 vote, after being altered to remove employer contributions. The original proposal split the funding equally between employees and employers through a .93% payroll reduction.
The paid family and medical leave bill now moves on to the House Committee on Ways & Means, which handles tax issues.
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