SENATE PROPOSAL OF AMENDMENT

H.192

An act relating to family leave.

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by striking out Sec. 2 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof the following:

Sec. 2. 21 V.S.A. § 472a is added to read:

§ 472a. SHORT-TERM FAMILY LEAVE

(a) In addition to the leave provided in section 472 of this title, an employee shall be entitled to take unpaid leave not to exceed four hours in any 30-day period and not to exceed 24 hours in any 12-month period. Leave under this section shall be taken in two-hour segments and may be taken for any of the following purposes:

(1) To participate in preschool or school activities directly related to the academic educational advancement of the employee’s child, stepchild, foster child or ward who lives with the employee, such as a parent-teacher conference.

(2) To attend or to accompany the employee’s child, stepchild, foster child or ward who lives with the employee or the employee’s parent, spouse or parent-in-law to routine medical or dental appointments.

(3) To accompany the employee’s parent, spouse or parent-in-law to other appointments for professional services related to their care and well-being.

(4) To respond to a medical emergency involving the employee’s child, stepchild,foster child or ward who lives with the employee or the employee’s parent, spouse or parent-in-law.

(b) An employee shall make a reasonable attempt to schedule appointments for which leave may be taken under this section outside of regular work hours. In order to take leave under this section, an employee shall provide the employer with the earliest possible notice, but in no case later than seven days, before leave is to be taken, except in the case of an emergency that occurs within seven days before leave is to be taken.

(c) At the employee’s discretion, the employee may use accrued paid leave, including vacation and personal leave.