Announcing New Parental Leave Benefit and $13/hr Starting Wage

July 9, 2019



South Burlington, VT –  Healthy Living & Café today announced starting hourly wage is now $13 per hour for all new Staff. Additionally, HLM has rolled out a new Parental Leave Policy, giving new parents 8 weeks of paid time off. 


“We’re determined to improve the quality of life for all Healthy Living staff and reach our goal of raising wages to $15 per hour.” said Chelsea Piazza Willsey, Manager of Human Resources. “Because we strongly believe in work/life balance, our new paid parental leave benefit includes 8 weeks of paid time off for both maternity and paternity leave, so both parents can enjoy a healthy and restful start to their new baby’s life.”


Top Healthy Living benefits include: 


  • $13 starting wage 
  • Health Insurance (HLM covers up to 78% of premium)
  • Paid time off for full and part time staff
  • Parental Leave Policy: up to 8 weeks of paid time off
  • Generous Staff Discount



Nina Lesser-Goldsmith, COO stated “Our new starting wage is one of the highest for any Grocery store in Vermont and Upstate New York, and our robust benefits package makes Healthy Living a great place to start your career, as well as a place Staff can stay for many years. Eight weeks paid maternity and paternity leave is awesome, and we’re proud to offer it to Healthy Living Staff.”


This announcement comes after the recent news that Healthy Living will open two new locations in Vermont. The company currently has locations in South Burlington, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York. HLM is known for having the most stringent product ingredient standards of any grocery store in the region, and for its commitment to working with local growers, brands, producers and farmers. All food sold must meet HLM’s rigorous standards, which prohibit artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives, added hormones and antibiotics.



About Healthy Living


Healthy Living and Café is Vermont and Upstate New York’s family owned natural and organic supermarket, with the toughest product standards in the business. Founded in Vermont in 1986 by Katy Lesser, Healthy Living has been committed from day one to creating a premier grocery shopping experience for guests and great career opportunities for its staff. With locations in Burlington, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York, Healthy Living is a triple bottom line, mission/vision/values company from the top down.

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