The Vermont House has passed a Senate version of a paid sick leave bill and sent it to Governor Peter Shumlin, who supports it.
The House voted 81-64 on Wednesday to concur to Senate changes to a bill the House first passed last spring. The Senate changes make the measure somewhat more business-friendly.
The measure calls for employers to provide workers three paid sick days a year for the first two years that the law would be in effect and five thereafter.
It does not cover employees working fewer than 18 hours a week or 21 weeks a year.
Supporters called the bill an economic justice measure. Critics said it would make life harder for owners of small businesses.
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