H.382 was introduced in 2009 and was referred to the Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Sarah Edwards (P-Brattleboro) , Rep. Paul Poirier (I-Barre), and Rep. Michael Fisher (D-Lincoln). If H.382 became law:
- Employees would earn one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 56 hours each year.
- Employees could use their paid sick time to: recover from or receive treatment for illness or injury; care for a family member; obtain diagnostic, routine, preventive or therapeutic health care; take necessary steps for their safety as a result of sexual abuse, domestic violence or stalking.
- At their discretion, employers would be able to “loan” an employee paid sick time if the employee got sick before accruing time.
- Employees would not be able to “cash out” any unused hours if they left their job.
- All employers already offering equal or more generous paid sick time would be unaffected.