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Become a CNC Machine Operator in just 8 weeks at Vermont Precision Tools



Vermont Precision Tools is looking for Vermont job-seekers to join their Advanced Manufacturing Education Program. No experience is required and selected participants will earn $13.00 per hour with full benefits as eligible after successful completion of the 8 week program.

Apprentices will have the potential to earn $15.00 or more per hour upon the completion of a one-year apprenticeship and is based on performance. Successful graduates can earn up to 45 college credits towards an associate’s degree.

To learn more and participate, please apply online by visiting Applications due by January 11th, 2016. With additional questions, please call (802)872-0660.

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The US Census Bureau have Census Interviewers job openings in Addison County, Vermont


The Vermont Department of Labor’s Middlebury office will be hosting the US Census Bureau hiring event for Census Interviewers for the Addison County, Vermont area on Thursday, December 10th 2015 . The Vermont Department of Labor’s Middlebury office is located at 1590 Route 7, Suite 5, Middlebury, VT.

Census Interviewers will make $12.19 per hour plus $0.575 per mile reimbursement. Part–time and flexible hours available.

You must email to resister for a testing session. Registration requirements can be found in the links below. Testing spaces are limited. You will be required to present a valid driver’s license and have a reliable working vehicle. You will also need a working telephone. Day, evening and weekend work will be required. You must be a US citizen and at least 18 years old. The Interviewers position may be temporary or permanent.

For more information, please call Allison Richards or Michelle Thompson at 802-388-4921 in our Middlebury office.

For additional Census Bureau information visit:

Or call: (212) 584-3495 or toll free (800) 991-2520 ext. 12

VTDOL Announces

Workforce Education & Training Funds Application is now Available


The Vermont Department of Labor announces the availability of Workforce Education and Training Funds Application. Workforce Education and Training Funds are intended to support training that will improve the occupational skills of Vermont workers who are unemployed, under-employed or at risk of becoming unemployed due to changing workplace skill requirements.

To receive the application or to request more information contact Sally Redpath at or by phone: 802-828-4394. Completed applications are due by 4:00pm on December 2, 2015.”


New OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting Requirement


Mandatory Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses to VOSHA

Basic requirement.
(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

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OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication requirements as of June 1, 2015


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. VOSHA pictogram labels

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.”


The 2014 Occupational Employment and Wages (OES) Data is available


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:

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Workers’ Compensation Centennial Conference on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier.


A Barre stone shed before the days of safety equipment, undated. Notice early power tools and granite dust upon the rafters. O.J. Dodge Collection; Photograph courtesy of Aldrich Public Library, Barre, VT

For the Agenda for the Workers’ Compensation Centennial Conference and to register, go to To become a conference sponsor, go to

Also, please read the Worker’s Compensation Press Release

The Vermont Bar Association is helping us celebrate the Workers’ Compensation Centennial by devoting the summer issue of its Journal to articles about the history of workers’ compensation in Vermont. Here’s a link to the on-line version of the summer issue:


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

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Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.7 percent in October


The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 3.7 percent. This represents no change from the revised September rate (3.7 percent). The national average in October was 5.0 percent. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was eighth lowest in the country. October represents the ninth consecutive month of the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate being below four percent.
Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.7 percent in October [PDF]