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• the adoption of a child or placement in foster care by a staff member and the care of the newly adopted child within one year of placement;
• caring for the employee’s spouse, child, stepchild, foster child or ward who lives with the employee, parent or parent of the employee’s spouse who has a serious medical condition;
• a serious medical condition that renders the employee unable to perform essential functions of his or her job;
• or any qualifying requirement if the employee’s spouse, child, or parent is an insured military member on “covered active duty” or to care for an insured service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse is , son, daughter, parents or next of kin.
In 2024, private and non-governmental public employers with two or more employees will be able to choose from a range of plan options. And in the final phase from 2025 people responsible for
Scott and others in his administration said lawmakers and working groups had generally agreed with the program’s goals. The differences, he said, are due to cost. This voluntary program — which essentially allows employers to enroll rather than mandate participation — and the flexibility to design specific coverage plans help keep costs down. For example, employers could voluntarily choose to spend more money to give workers extra time off.
Gaffney said the state employees’ union and the state police troops’ union approved the plan. He expects the Democratic-controlled Legislature and others to discuss and debate this program in the coming legislature.
“There is a generation of Vermonters who continue to find themselves as the sandwich generation — caring for aging parents and children at the same time,” Gray said in a statement. “Those of the administration
She declined to make the program voluntary, saying it was difficult for employees to enroll without prior knowledge of mitigating circumstances (such as a parent’s illness), providing only six weeks’ leave for the birth of a child, and not providing adequate financial compensation to pay – 60 percent of wages – to workers who take time off.
Gray said she hopes lawmakers will move forward on the issue when they return to the statehouse in January.