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Vermont bill to strengthen employee, women's rights

Employees may ask what coworkers are paid

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) will sign into law a bill May 14 strengthening protections for Vermont workers around a number of issues, most notably equal pay.  (File photo)

Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) will sign into law a bill May 14 strengthening protections for Vermont workers around a number of issues, most notably equal pay. (File photo)

— Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) will sign into law a bill May 14 strengthening protections for Vermont workers around a number of issues, most notably equal pay.

The bill, introduced in the House as H.99 and Senate as S.57, includes provisions for equal pay.

The bill also includes protections for employees who ask coworkers what they are paid, certification of compliance of government contractors with Vermont’s equal pay laws, have protections for new mothers who must express breast milk for their babies at work, and request flexible working arrangements.

The Vermont Commission on Women said the bill will also establish a study committee looking at the mechanics of the paid family leave law in Vermont.

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