• The House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee is holding a public hearing on whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Vermont. The hearing is today, Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 11 at the Vermont Statehouse.

• A public hearing on paid family and medical leave insurance will be held Tuesday, April 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Bill H.196 proposes to create a program providing employees with 12 weeks of paid family leave, funded by contributions from employers and employees.

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The Vermont Commission on Women, the League of Women Voters of Vermont and Business and Professional Women Vermont invite community members to join an annual gathering of advocates on the morning of Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 10, at the State House in Montpelier to help bring attention to the gender wage gap.

Upon opening of the day’s legislative session, projected to be 10:30 a.m., a resolution designating Equal Pay Day in Vermont will be read in the House, sponsored by Representative Mollie Burke and other policymakers.

Advocates for equal pay will be dressed in red, symbolizing women being “in the red” due to the gender wage gap.

At noon, Governor Scott will sign an Equal Pay Day proclamation in his ceremonial office. This brief event will include several speakers, including Marilyn Grunewald of BPW and VCW’s Cary Brown.

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