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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.46

Introduced by Senator White of Windham District, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille District and Senator McCormack of Windsor District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Labor; employment practices; wrongful discharge; voting; attending town meeting

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to penalize an employer who discharges an employee for being absent from work to vote in a local, state, or federal election or to attend town meeting.

AN ACT RELATING TO WRONGFUL DISCHARGE FOR VOTING OR ATTENDING TOWN MEETING

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

Sec. 1.  21 V.S.A. § 496a is added to read:

§ 496a.  WRONGFUL DISCHARGE; VOTING; ATTENDING TOWN

MEETING

(a)  No employer may discharge an employee by reason of the employee being absent from work to vote in a local, state, or federal election or to attend town meeting, or penalize an employee or deprive him or her of any right, privilege, or benefit on a basis which discriminates between the employee and other employees not voting or attending town meeting.  An employee absent from work for the purpose of voting may be required to provide proof to the employer that the employee is a registered voter, and that he or she could not vote outside the employee’s normal working hours.

(b)  An employer who violates the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than $200.00.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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