New Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Rules Withdrawn by Department of Labor

The Department of Labor today announced that it was withdrawing Proposed Rule 18-P23, Vocational Rehabilitation Rules.  The following is from a memorandum that was sent to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR), which was reviewing the rule for legislative approval:

After the aborted LCAR hearing on October 18, the Department of Labor met with opponents of the proposed rule to discuss their concerns. Unfortunately, we were unable to come to agreement on the rules, although there was some agreement that statutory changes may be necessary.

The Department has decided to withdraw the proposed rule and leave the existing rule in place. Therefore, it will not be necessary for LCAR to consider the rule at its November 15th meeting.

Thank you for your time.

J. Stephen Monahan
Director, Workers’ Compensation & Safety Division
Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0488

(802) 828-2138

If you have any questions or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact the Department or to email us at info@aivt.org.