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People & Communities

VBSR supports public policies that support people, families and community. Healthy people and healthy communities are central to keeping a productive and sustainable business climate. People who come to work knowing their children are well cared for, that they will be able to pay their bills, and who are respected and valued by their employers, are people who will strengthen and grow our economy.

Current Action

In 2013 worked in the statehouse to support the passage of H.99 supporting equal pay and flexible work schedules. In 2012 the VBSR Board approved a new policy in support of legislative efforts to mandate paid leave benefits for people employed in Vermont and we will continue to work to promote this policy in the 2014 legislative session. In October 2008 the VBSR Board adopted a policy statement in support of Marriage Equality. 

We also continue to work to provide people with:

  • affordable health care 
  • paid sick and family leave
  • quality early childhood education
  • affordable and high quality child and elder care, and
  • respectful and supportive workplace policies. 

We are also members of the One Vermont Coalition, a group of businesses and associations committed to public policies, programs, and systems that ensure the long-term prosperity for all Vermonters.! 

For More Information

VBSR Letter to Vermont House on H.99, Equal Pay Bill

VBSR Testimony-House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs H. 99- Equal Pay


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Economic Vitality & SustainabilityPeople & Communities Position Papers

VBSR Testimony to Senate Economic Development on Earned Paid Leave

January 27, 2015

Testimony to Senate Economic Development, re: Minimum Wage

April 9, 2014

VBSR Testimony to House General Committee, Re: Paid Leave

January 28, 2014

VBSR Testimony to Senate Economic Development Re: H. 99- Equal Pay and Workplace Protections

April 16, 2013

VBSR Testimony-House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs

January 30, 2013

Paid Leave Policy

October 11, 2012

Testimony to Senate Government Operations re: Citizens United Resolution

February 16, 2011

Testimony to House Judiciary- Marriage Equality-S. 115

March 27, 2009

Testimony to Senate Judiciary- Marriage Equality-S. 115

March 17, 2009

VBSR Endorses Marriage Equality

October 2008

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