State launches Infants in the Workplace program

Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Administration Susanne Young, and Human Resources Commissioner Beth Fastiggi announced an “Infants in the Workplace” program for state employees. The policy allows a state employee the option to bring their infant children up to the age of six months to work. The program launched on February 1.

The program is available to state employees who are parents or legal guardians to infants between the ages of six weeks and six months. Eligible parents must apply to participate and receive approval from their supervisor and the Commissioners of Human Resources and Buildings and General Services, to ensure the work site is appropriate and all safety and health measures are in place.

“In conjunction with my proposed bi-state voluntary paid family leave program, this initiative can provide working families with options to give their kids the healthiest possible start to life while allowing them to remain in the workforce if they choose to,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I want to thank Secretary Young and Commissioner Fastiggi for their work to provide this opportunity for state employees. This is important, as we work to retain and recruit talented employees for the state.”

Fastiggi said programs like this can provide positive results for both babies and parents.

“Research shows that allowing parents to remain with their infants in the earliest stage of life supports critical bonding, healthy infant brain development, and parental well-being,” said Fastiggi. “This program promotes these benefits, while allowing employees to remain engaged in their work, save on child care costs, and increase their job satisfaction and positive work-life balance.”

To view more on the new policy, visit humanresources.vermont.gov/labor-relations/labor-relations-policies/infants-work.

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