Vermont provides FML protections to its public and private employees through the Parental and Family Leave Act (PFLA) (VT Stat. Tit. 21 Sec. 470et seq.).
The PFLA covers all employers doing business in or operating within the state of Vermont, which for parental leave purposes employ 10 or more employees for an average of at least 30 hours per week during a year, and for family leave purposes employ 15 or more employees for an average of at least 30 hours per week during a year.
An employee is eligible for parental or family leave if the individual has been continuously employed by the same employer for a period of one year for an average of at least 30 hours per week.
Parental leave. Parental leave may be taken for the birth or adoption of a child 16 years of age or younger.
Family leave. Family leave may be taken because of the serious illness of the employee, the employee's parent, spouse, or parent-in-law, or the employee's child, stepchild, foster child, or ward who lives with the employee.
The Vermont Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Promote Equality in Civil Marriage provides legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Vermont (VT Stat. Sec. Tit. 15 Sec. 8). All state statutes, administrative or court rules, policies, common law, or any other source of civil law must be interpreted consistently with the Act's definition of "civil marriage" (i.e., a legally recognized union between two people).
Interaction with federal FMLA. Under the federal FMLA, a covered "spouse" is a husband or wife as defined or recognized under state law for purposes of marriage in the ...