Public Hearing Notice for the WIOA State Plan Modifications

Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Modifications to
Vermont’s Unified Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act State Plan

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State must submit a
Unified or Combined State Plan to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor that outlines a four-year
strategy for the State’s workforce development system. States must have approved plans in place to
receive funding for core WIOA programs. States are required to modify their plans to reflect changes in
labor market information, economic conditions, program changes, and state priorities every two
years. The State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) is charged with assisting in plan development
and modification, and for leading the public comment process.

SWDB will hold a public hearing conference call on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 pm to gather
comments on proposed changes to the State Plan. Please use the following call in information:877-273-
4202, room ID 435566250.

The modified plan is available at
comments may be submitted up to Thursday, April 26, 2018 to Sophia Yager at the Vermont Department
of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive, PO Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05601-0488 or by e-mail to

Vermont’s Next State Plan on Aging – Seeking Input and Comments

The Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is developing the next State Plan on aging, a guiding document that outlines how the State of Vermont and the network of Vermont’s Agencies on Aging and service providers will strive to meet the changing needs of older Vermonters over time. The draft plan is online at in their “Latest News” section on the left side of the page.

We welcome your input! The public comment period begins Monday, April 9th, 2018 and is open through Friday, April 27, 2018.

For more information on how to participate, click on the following link:

The Brattleboro Career Resource Center Is Moving

Spring Career Fair in Rutland

CAREER FAIR-Rutland, The Vermont Department of Labor is holding its annual Spring Career Fair on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Franklin Conference Center, 1 Scale Avenue, Rutland.

The Career Fair is from 11:00am-3:00pm with the first hour reserved for veterans. Over 45 employers from Rutland, Addison and Bennington counties expected. Please call the Department of Labor Career Resource Center at 802-786-5837 with any questions.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.8 percent in March

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for March was 2.8 percent. This reflects no change from the revised February rate. The national rate in March was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was fourth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the fourth lowest in the country for the same time period.
Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.8 percent in March

Hiring Your First Employee

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has created helpful guidance for new employers who are hiring their first employee. Use this guide to understand legal requirement associated with becoming an employer in the State of Vermont. These requirements include: federal and state tax law, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and payroll deductions.

By clicking on the link below, you will leave the Vermont Department of Labor’s website for the Vermont Consumer Assistance Program website, a partnership between the Vermont Attorney General and the University of Vermont:

New Vermont JobLink User Requirements

Soon Vermont JobLink will require a working email address to uniquely identify you with your account for security purposes. You will also be able to use your email address to reset your password and opt into notifications that will enhance your job search.

Please prepare for these upcoming changes by reviewing your contact information now. Click My Profile in your main menu, then click Edit Contact Information. If you have already provided an email address, please ensure you can access it and that it is not shared with any other Vermont JobLink users (such as a spouse or other family member). If you have not provided an email address, please do so. After making any changes, click Save on the Contact Information page.

If you need to set up an email account, here are the links to a few of the free email providers:

Department of Labor Announces David Lahr as New Workforce Development Director

Commissioner of Labor, Lindsay Kurrle, announced the appointment of long-time Department of Labor employee David Lahr as the new Workforce Development
Division Director.

Press Release

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Learn more about Vermont’s New Earned Sick Time Law

As of January 1, 2017, most Vermont employers will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Vermont Department of Labor is charged with enforcing the new law. Below you will find the mandatory workplace poster. For a copy of the new poster, click here. You will also find a series of “Frequently Asked Questions”. For a copy of the “Frequently Asked Questions” click here.

There is also a link to the Vermont Department of Labor’s “Final Rule”. For a copy of the “Final Earned Sick Time Rule” click here. To view the Act passed by the Vermont Legislators, click here. If you have questions about the new law, please call 802-828-4281.