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Legislature marks 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation in Vermont with adoption of Concurrent Resolution! Read more.

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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.

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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 kristina.bielenberg@state.vt.us.

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Vermont Unemployment Rate Decreases to 3.6 percent in April

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The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 3.6 percent. This represents a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the revised March rate (3.8 percent). The national average in April was 5.4 percent, which experienced a decrease of one-tenth of a percentage point from the previous month’s estimate. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for sixth lowest in the country. April represents the seventh consecutive month without an increase to the unemployment rate.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Decreases to 3.6 percent in April

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Attention Vermont Employers: Required Safety Records Poster Available Here

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Attention Vermont Employers:
This is a reminder that as of July 1, 2014, Vermont employers are required under Vermont State law (21 VSA, 691 a), to post a notice advising their employees where they may access and review your company’s safety records.

To assist you with compliance efforts, the Vermont Department of Labor has developed a form that will assist you. This poster is downloadable at Posting of Safety Records [PDF].
For all other required Workplace Posters and available to you please visit: Publications.