The Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont Announce Series of Paid Family and Medical Leave Forums

Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance of Vermont will host a series of free community forums across the state this fall focusing on long-term paid family and medical leave.  These forums examine the possibility of developing and implementing a state-run Temporary Disability and Caregiver Insurance (TDCI) Program in our state as a funding mechanism for leave. Participants will explore the need for a TDCI program; how similar programs have been implemented in other states; and what a successful TDCI program could look like for Vermont.  The forums will consist of a brief presentation followed by a discussion with business owners and community members.  Coffee and refreshments will be served.

The Vermont Community Foundation provided financial support to facilitate the coordination of these forums around the state. The Vermont Community Foundation’s Innovations and Collaborations grant program supports projects that help nonprofits collaborate across issues and sectors to develop common solutions to community needs.

These morning forums will be held in five locations:
at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center Gallery Room, Wednesday, 10/7 from 8:00 am-9:30 am.
VENUE CHANGE: RUTLAND at Rutland Regional Medical Center's Leahy Center, Conference Room D Wednesday, 10/14 from 8:00 am-9:00 am.

BRATTLEBORO at the Latchis Theater
MANCHESTER at the Community Library
ST. ALBANS at Back Inn Time

In addition to the Vermont Commission on Women and Main Street Alliance Vermont, an Oversight Committee will review findings and provide guidance. Oversight Committee participants represent a variety of constituencies and expertise related to the topic, and include a UVM labor economist and specializing in the political economy of low-wage labor market, as well as representatives from: the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce & Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation; the Vermont Attorney General’s Office; AARP, Governor Shumlin's office, Vermont Department of Health’s Division of Maternal and Child Health, the Vermont Department of Labor; and Change the Story Vermont, a multi-year strategy to align philanthropy, policy, and programs to significantly advance women’s economic security in Vermont. 

For more information or to RSVP for an event, please contact Ashley Moore.

Established in 1964, the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state government commission advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. Sixteen volunteer commissioners and representatives from twenty-five organizations concerned with women’s issues guide the VCW’s public education, coalition building, and advocacy efforts.   Main Street Alliance of Vermont is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to elevating the voices of small business owners to advance public policies that are good for small businesses, our employees, and the communities we serve.