The new Vermont Workers’ Compensation Rules go into effect on August 1, 2015. To review the new rules, please click on the following link: http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Adopted8-1-15.pdf.
Vacancy Announcement for a Seat on the Vermont Labor Relations Board:
The Vermont Commissioner of Labor, on behalf of the Labor Board Review Panel, and in accordance with 3 VSA §921, will be accepting nominations from persons interested in serving on the Vermont Labor Relations Board. Qualified candidates’ names will be submitted to the Governor for review and appointment.
The term of the appointment is six (6) years, and the Board members must be available to serve at hearings, which are conducted weekly in Montpelier, as well as assist in special projects as determined by the Labor Board Chair or Executive Director. Labor Board members are not considered state employees and have no compensation or benefits other than receiving a minimal per diem for their work and expense reimbursement (mileage and meal reimbursement) for travel to hearings or other assignments.
The Panel is seeking an applicant for the following:
(1) One applicant for a person serving as a “neutral” member of the Board. In order to qualify as a “Neutral” representative, the person must have a background in labor relations matters from a neutral’s perspective.
An interested candidate is required to possess “experience, knowledge, character, integrity, judgment and ability to act in a fair and impartial manner.” An interested candidate must also be a US citizen, and a resident of the state of Vermont for at least one year immediately preceding appointment. A member of the Board may not hold any other state office.
The Review Panel shall consider the skills, perspectives and experience of candidates to serve on the Labor Board. Interested candidates should send the following information to the Commissioner of Labor by the deadline of August 21, 2015:
1. A brief (not to exceed one page) letter of interest, specifically identifying why you qualify as a neutral representative.
2. Up-to-date resume (not to exceed 2 pages).
3. A separate list of not more than 5 references with phone contact information.
Mail all information to: Commissioner of Labor Annie Noonan, 5 Green Mountain Drive, P. O. Box 488, Montpelier, Vermont 05601-0488. Information received after 4:30pm on August 21, 2015 will not be considered.
If you are chosen for an interview, you will be asked to come to Montpelier to meet with the Review Panel.
For more information on the role of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, you can review Vermont statutes, 3 VSA, Ch. 27, Sec 921, et al., or visit http://vlrb.vermont.gov/about_us
If you have questions regarding the vacancies or the process to apply, contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4301 or email the Commissioner’s office, c/o Roger Van Tassel at email@example.com
July 28, 2015
Vermont Department of Labor Announces Vacancies on 2 Councils
In accordance with Vermont Statutes, the Vermont Department of Labor is announcing vacancies on Councils associated with the Department.
State Apprenticeship Council: This vacancy is for a person representing “employees,” and is for a term ending on 2/28/2018.
21 VSA §1102:
“The council shall establish minimum standards for apprenticeship and all on-the-job training. The council shall also make provision for the registration and approval of apprenticeship and all on-the-job training programs and individual apprentice and all on the job training agreements. The council may adopt rules relating to its policy as are necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of this chapter; may issue state certificates of completion of apprenticeship to apprentices who have completed their trade training under apprenticeship programs registered and approved by the council: may issue certificates to on-the job trainees upon completion of training.”
Vermont Department of Labor Advisory Council: The Council is comprised of 4 members each representing business and labor. The candidates must be selected from nominations made (1) for the business representatives by: the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Associated General Contractors of Vermont and the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; (2) for the labor representatives by: Vermont State Labor Council, Vermont State Employees Association and the Vermont National Education Association.
21 VSA §1306
“The council shall advise the commissioner regarding formulating policies by discussing the problems related to the functions and duties of the department in order to develop impartial solutions and approaches to these issues.”
Interested persons must apply online at Governor Shumlin’s official website at:
*For persons who are applying as a New Applicant:
Deadline for Applications: August 26, 2015
Questions may be directed to the Commissioner of Labor office c/o Roger VanTassel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-828-4301.
Mandatory Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses to VOSHA
(1) Within eight (8) hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the fatality to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor.
(2) Within twenty-four (24) hours after the in-patient hospitalization of one or more employees or an employee’s amputation or an employee’s loss of an eye, as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of
an eye to OSHA.
(3) You must report the fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye using one of the following methods:
(i) By telephone or in person to the OSHA Area Office that is nearest to the site of the incident.
(ii) By telephone to the OSHA toll-free central telephone number, 1-800-321-OSHA (1-800-321-6742).
(iii) By electronic submission using the reporting application located on VOSHA’s public Web site at http://labor.vermont.gov/vosha-injuriesillnesses-report/
As of June 1, 2015, chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers are required to provide a common approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Chemical manufacturers and importers must provide a label that includes a signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, and precautionary statement for each hazard class and category.
Examples of label pictograms.
Beginning in December, distributors may only ship containers labeled by the chemical manufacturer or importer if the labels meet these requirements.
The June 1 deadline was established when OSHA aligned its Hazard Communication Standard in 2012 with the global standard for chemical product labeling. The provisions for labeling offer workers better protection from chemical hazards, while also reducing trade barriers and improving productivity for American businesses that regularly handle, store, and use hazardous chemicals. The updated standard also provides cost savings for American businesses that periodically update safety data sheets and labels for chemicals covered under the standard, saving businesses millions of dollars each year.
The new format for Safety Data Sheets requires 16 specific sections to ensure consistency in presentation of important protection information. For more information, see OSHA’s Hazard Communication webpage.”
Vermont Department of Labor
June 5, 2015
The Economic & Labor Market Information Division has released the 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) and they are now available on our website at:
The Economic & Labor Market Information Division has also released the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) for Annual 2014 and 4th Quarter 2014 and they are now available on our website at:
Young and old foundry workers before the days of workers’ compensation, workplace safety, and child labor laws. Photograph courtesy of the Aldrich Public Library, Barre, VT.
100 Years of Workers’ Compensation in Vermont
In 1915, the Vermont Legislature adopted a no fault insurance program of Workers’ Compensation through passage of Act No. 164. Although the Vermont Workers’ Compensation Act has been amended from time to time, this landmark legislation remains “the grand compromise” between labor and management, providing injured workers with access to prompt medical attention, wage replacement, and other benefits for their work-related injuries while granting employers immunity from personal injury civil lawsuits.
In the coming months, the Vermont Department of Labor and various other co-sponsors will be posting
further information related to the history of the Vermont Workers’ Compensation Act and planned centennial activities. There will be articles, curriculum materials for teachers, and an announcement about an exciting conference to be held on September 15, 2015, in Montpelier. (Save that date!)
Celebrate the Centennial! For more information and to offer your ideas, contact Kristina Bielenberg at email@example.com.
The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 3.6 percent. This represents no change from the revised May rate (3.6 percent). The national average in June was 5.3 percent, which experienced a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s estimate. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the fourth lowest in the country. June represents the ninth consecutive month without an increase to the unemployment rate.
Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.6 percent in June [PDF]