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Introduced by   Representatives Head of S. Burlington, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Lorber of Burlington, Minter of Waterbury and Shand of Weathersfield

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Labor; work and family council; creation

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to create a legislative commission to clarify issues relating to work and family and to develop responsible public policies and innovative private sector practices to address those issues.


It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:


(a)  The work and family commission is created to develop a broadly shared understanding of critical work-family issues in Vermont.  The commission shall through research, experimentation, and education promote responsive public policies and innovative private sector practices relating to work and family issues.

(b)  The commission shall consist of the following seven members, to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives and the president pro tempore of the senate:

(1)  A member of the house committee on general, housing and military affairs.

(2)  A member of the house committee on commerce.

(3)  A member of the senate committee on economic development, housing and general affairs.

(4)  A representative of the business community.

(5)  A representative of a labor organization that represents public or private sector workers.

(6)  A representative of a low income advocacy organization.

(7)  A representative of a community-based service organization.

(c)  Members shall be individuals who have demonstrated leadership in seeking innovative, positive solutions to work-family problems.

(d)  At its first meeting the commission shall elect a chair from among the members.  The commission shall meet at least six times a year for two years.  The commission shall consult with a panel of academic advisors to provide information and guidance on council activities.  The commission shall:

(1)  Conduct hearings to identify major work-family issues in the state.

(2)  Design and implement pilot projects based on requests from employers.

(3)  Discuss and negotiate with stakeholders with differing interests in work-family conflicts to advance the potential for problem-solving that supports both workplace productivity and family care.

(4)  Propose public policy solutions to work and family issues.

(5)  Promote successful policies and practices in the public and private sectors and create a repository of best practices.

(6)  Provide public education on work and family issues and on the need for public policies and private workplace practices that support the well-being of both employers and families.

(7)  Submit a report to general assembly on or before January 15 each year.  The report shall include:

(A)  The names and activities of groups actively involved in council meetings and projects.

(B)  Outcomes of research sponsored by the commission.

(C)  Public policy initiatives and the results.

(D)  Workplace experiments and pilot projects.

(E)  Experiences with techniques of multi-stakeholder dialogues and negotiations.

(F)  The purposes and scope of public education projects undertaken.

(G)  Any other project undertaken or issue that would be of interest.


This act shall take effect on passage.  Appointments of members shall be made no later than 30 days after passage.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont