Vermont

Vermont’s Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan (FMLI) became effective July 1, 2023 for state employee benefits.

This program is a voluntary state paid leave program with Phase II expanding to allow private employers to opt into coverage in July 2024, and Phase III expanding to allow individuals working for Vermont employers that do not offer FMLI coverage to opt into the program in July 2025.

Eligibility:

Employers

State employers.

Beginning in July 2024, private and non-state employers may choose to offer FMLI coverage.

Employees

Employees of the state of Vermont.

Benefits overview

Medical leave

  • Employee’s own serious health condition ONLY for private sector employees without short-term disability coverage

Family leave

  • Bond with a new child after birth, adoption, or foster care placement
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition
  • Military exigency related to a family member’s active military duty or call to duty
  • Military caregiver

6 weeks of leave in a benefit year

60% wage replacement

The maximum weekly benefit is $1,945.38

Leave can be taken continuously or intermittently

Additional information:  

Vermont designated a single carrier to provide the paid family and medical leave benefits for state employees. Voluntary coverage will be available for private sector employers and individual employees when Phase II and Phase III roll out.

Covered Family Members

Under Vermont PFML, employees may take family leave to care for a family member with a serious health condition. Covered relationships include:

  • Spouse or domestic partner
  • Child
  • Parent

To learn more about Vermont’s paid leave program, visit the Vermont Optional Family and Medical Leave Insurance website.

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