How To Get Vermont Paid Sick Leave
Paid sick leave is a benefit that not everybody gets to have—around 24% of employees don’t have access to it.
Federal law regulates paid leave to a small extent, and employees have to rely on state laws. Only 14 states and D.C. have a sick paid law—Vermont being one of them—and employees from other states have to depend on their employer’s good will.
In this article, we’ll show you how Vermont paid sick leave law works and who is eligible for these benefits.
The objective of the law is to establish the minimum amount of paid leave employers in Vermont must offer to their staff.
Employees can have up to 40 hours per year of paid leave, which can carry over to the next year if unused. The pace of accrual is one paid hour off for every 52 hours worked, including overtime.
To be eligible for paid sick leave, employees need to:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Work 18 hours or more per week
- Work more than 20 weeks in a 12-month period
- Not be a bona fide independent contractor
The law also defines five instances in which employees can request paid leave. The instances apply to the employee and eligible family members, as shown in the table below:
|Qualifying Reasons||Eligible Family Members|
While Vermont paid sick leave bill doesn’t cover COVID-19, you can turn to the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA). The EPSLA is a federal-level act that offers 10-day paid leave during the pandemic.
If you’re not eligible for paid sick leave, you may still get it if your company’s policy provides it on its own.
If not, you may be able to invoke the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which gives you 12 unpaid weeks off in a year. Bear in mind that there are rules under which companies are subject to the FMLA.
In all other instances, you’ll either have to use your vacation days or be forced to work sick.
When you need sick leave, you’ll have to make a request for it, usually over the phone or in writing. This can lead to an awkward conversation, and you might have trouble writing a perfect leave request letter that will make your employer approve it.
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- Specify the state where you live and work, and we’ll show you what sick leave laws are in place
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- Enter the dates on which you’ll be absent from work
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- Send the request to your employer directly
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