Sick Leave is Good For Businesses and Workers (February 29, 2016)
Sarah Copeland Hanzas, VT Digger
As a small business owner, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to run a small business. As a mother, I know that there is nothing more important to me than my kids’ health and safety. As a legislator, I consider those challenges when we look for ways to help businesses and workers succeed. That is why I believe every Vermonter should have the chance to earn a modest paid sick leave benefit.
Every day, I evaluate what is good for my business — and at the end of the day I know I have to balance my bottom line with the health and well-being of my employees, my customers and my community. It’s an important Vermont value that not only do we want our businesses to thrive, but we also want the people who work at those businesses to thrive. In my experience, the success of worker and business go hand in hand.