New Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Rules Withdrawn by Department of Labor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

Worksite Wellness Award Application Period Open

The 2019 Worksite Wellness Award application period is open.  The application process has been revised this year, with a new Worksite Wellness Assessment tool created to help employers assess what policy, program, and environmental supports are currently in place to promote the health and wellness of employees.  It is broken down into seven sections that […]

Action Alert | Preparing for Labor and Workplace Issues Facing Vermont Manufacturers

Several labor and workplace proposals were major issues in the State House during the last legislative session.  Although AIV and our allies were ultimately successful in helping to forestall potentially costly legislation, it can be expected that key issues will return to center stage in the new Legislature and additional issues will need to be […]

Vermont Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Final Proposed Rules Filed

The final proposed rules for Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR).  The rules are tentatively on the LCAR agenda for October 18. The link to the final proposal can be found here:  It is the next to last rule […]

Reduction in Taxable Wage Base for Unemployment Insurance Announced for 2019

On October 4, the Department of Labor announced that, beginning January 1, 2019, employers will see a reduction in the taxable wage base amount that they currently pay on unemployment taxes by $2,000. Nearly 22,600 employers remit state unemployment taxes to the Department of Labor on an annual basis. These taxes are deposited into the […]

Highlights of Recent Federal Developments Related to Labor and Workplace Issues

The following are recent notes on federal developments related to labor and workplace issues provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM.  For more information, contact us at  EEOC Releases Preliminary FY 2018 Sexual Harassment Data The EEOC recently announced preliminary data for Fiscal Year 2018 regarding sexual harassment. The report notes that […]

Labor Relations Board Opening

In accordance with the provisions of 3 VSA 921, the Commissioner of Labor and the Labor Board Review Panel are reopening nominations for a vacant neutral seat on the Vermont Labor Relations Board.  The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Qualified candidates’ names will be submitted by the Panel to […]

2019 Minimum Wage Update

The minimum wage in Vermont is scheduled to increase to $10.78 on January 1, 2019. An updated minimum wage poster for workplaces can be found here:

New Federal Compliance Assistance Website:

The US Department of Labor recently released a new website —— as a resource for employers to have a plain language explanation of the various safety, contractor, discrimination, and wage laws that are applicable at the federal level. This new website joins the already existing worker website — — that informs workers of the rights […]