Although (thankfully) their legislative session has ended for this year, the state of Vermont is already angling to pass a sick leave mandate onto private employers during the 2016 session.  That objective was announced by lame duck Governor Peter Shumlin along with current Speaker of the House and 2016 gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith at a rally on the effort some weeks ago.  Under Vermont legislative rules, legislation can carryover from one year to the next and a paid sick leave mandate, H.187, was passed by the House on a 72-63 vote earlier this year.  That bill will be taken up by the state senate sometime in January.   We would expect to see a major push for sick leave mandates, minimum wage increases, scheduling requirements, etc. during the traditionally higher-turnout Presidential election year.