New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text of the bill is still pending.  If you have any questions about the bills listed below, please contact us at info@aivt.org.   If you are interested in other legislation introduced during this Legislature or during past sessions, you can click here.

House Bills

H.85

Subject: Labor; employment conditions; breaks

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require employers to provide employees with breaks for meals and rest.

Introduced by Representatives Stevens of Waterbury, Anthony of Barre City, Bluemle of Burlington, Cina of Burlington, Cordes of Lincoln, Hooper of Burlington, Killacky of South Burlington, Patt of Worcester, Satcowitz of Randolph, Sims of Craftsbury, Stebbins of Burlington, Suprenant of Barnard, Townsend of South Burlington, Wood of Waterbury, and Yantachka of Charlotte

H.84

Subject: Tax; tax credits; designated centers; neighborhood development areas

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the downtown and village center tax credit program to neighborhood development areas as well as raise the cap on the amount of tax credits available.

Introduced by Representatives Kimbell of Woodstock and Marcotte of Coventry

H.83

Subject: Conservation and development; land use; Act 250; jurisdiction; streams; high elevation

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend Act 250 jurisdiction to development within 100 feet of a stream above 1,500 feet and any subdivisions above the elevation of 2,000 feet.

Introduced by Representative Anthony of Barre City

H.82

Subject: Public service; general powers; alternative regulation of electric and natural gas companies

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to allow municipal and cooperative utilities to offer innovative rates and services to 9 their customers.

Introduced by Representative Patt of Worcester

H.75

Subject: Commerce and trade; consumer protection

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to enhance levels of consumer consent, protection, and transparency throughout the technology industry.

Introduced by Representative Birong of Vergennes

H.66

Subject: Public service; renewable energy programs; baseload renewable power portfolio requirement

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the baseload renewable power portfolio requirement until 2032.

Introduced by Representative Patt of Worcester

Senate Bills

S.29

Introduced by Senators Hardy, Perchlik and Ram

Subject: Education; postsecondary; tuition-free scholarship program

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to create the VSC Scholarship Program to provide tuition-free scholarships for Vermont residents who attend any of the Vermont State Colleges.

Introduced by Senators Hardy, Perchlik and Ram

S.21

Subject: Genetic information; discrimination

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s genetic information in relation to employment, labor relations, insurance coverage, and the provision of social and medical services.

Introduced by Senators Lyons and Hooker

S.20

Subject: Health; public health; perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; class B firefighting foam; food packaging; rugs and carpets Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to: (1) impose restrictions on the use, manufacture, sale, and distribution of class B firefighting foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; (2) impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, phthalates, or bisphenols have been added; (3) impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of residential rugs, carpets, and aftermarket stain and water resistance treatments to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been added; (4) impose restrictions on the manufacture, sale, and distribution of ski wax; and (5) include perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances on the list of chemicals of high concern to children.

Introduced by Senators Lyons, Campion, Balint, Baruth, Bray, Clarkson, Cummings, Hardy, McCormack, Pearson, Perchlik, Pollina, Ram and Sears

S.10

Subject: Labor; unemployment insurance; COVID-19 Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend until July 1, 2021 certain provisions providing COVID-19 related unemployment insurance experience-rating relief and provisions allowing individuals who quit employment for certain COVID-19 related reasons to be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Brock, Clarkson and Hooker

S.9

Subject: Labor; workers’ compensation; COVID-19 Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend until July 1, 2021 the Commissioner of Labor’s authority to waive or amend certain workers’ compensation related deadlines and requirements during a state of emergency related to COVID-19. This bill also proposes to extend the presumption that certain workers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are entitled to workers’ compensation for the disease until July 1, 2021.

Introduced by Senators Sirotkin, Brock, Clarkson and Hooker

S.6

Subject: Labor; employment practices; wages

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to repeal the Commissioner of Labor’s authority to recommend a subminimum wage for individuals with a disability.

Introduced by Senator Sears

S.1

Subject: Public service; renewable energy programs; baseload renewable power portfolio requirement

Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to extend the baseload renewable power portfolio requirement until 2032.

Introduced by Senators Kitchel, Benning and Starr