Roll Call! Senate Votes to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

Roll Call Graphic.
PASSED
in the State Senate on February 3, 2016 by a vote of
21-8
Purpose: To mandate that employers provide employees with paid leave time to care for themselves or family members when ill. (Read the Bill)
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Analysis: This bill is a de facto tax on mostly small/micro businesses. According to the Joint Fiscal Office, “the total cost to employers of extending sick leave coverage to Vermont workers to be approximately $3.6 to $8.2 million dollars from the effective date until December 31, 2017 and between $6.2 and $14.3 million dollars annually thereafter.”
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The bill would allow an employee to accrue “not less than one hour of earned sick time for every 52 hours worked,” with a maximum number of hours accrued set at  24 hours in a 12-month period from January 1, 2017 until December 31, 2018 and then a maximum of 40 hours in a 12-month period after December 31, 2018.
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It doesn’t apply to temporary or seasonal or temporary workers, or employees under the age of 18.
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Most businesses in Vermont offer some form of paid leave, either formal or informal, as a way to attract and keep employees. The ones that don’t tend to be very small, operating from payroll to payroll. This is yet another burden placed on small businesses by the state, and it is irresponsible for the state to assume small, poor businesses can absorb between $80 and $100 per employee, per day off (numbers Senators cited during floor debate).
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Mandating paid sick leave is really just a way for politicians to levy a hidden $14 million “tax” without having to call it a tax increase or be accountable for a tax increase in an election year.
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Senate Journal, Tuesday, February 3, 2016. “Thereupon, the bill was read the third time and passed in concurrence with proposal of amendment on a roll call, Yeas 21, Nays 8.” (Read the Journal, p. 91-95)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – YES
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – YES
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – YES
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – NO
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
John Campbell (D-Windsor) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – YES
Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) – NO
William Doyle (R-Washington) – YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – NO
Norman McAllister (R-Franklin) – SUSPENDED
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – YES
Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – NO
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES
David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) – YES

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