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WorkplaceSafety

Nominations for the Governor’s Outstanding Workplace Safety Award are now being accepted

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The Governor of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Labor annually recognize Vermont based companies that have made outstanding achievement in Workplace Safety and Health. The Governor’s Award for workplace safety is the highest honor given by the State of Vermont to recognize and employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health.

For complete information about the 12th Annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety click here click here. To submit a nomination for the 12th Annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety, please fill out the nomination form and return it to Leslie.Curtis@vermont.gov. For questions and information, please call Leslie Curtis at 802-828-5076.

BidProposal

Accepting Bids for the Continuing Education Seminars for Vermont Licensed Workers’ Compensation Adjusters

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The Vermont Department of Labor’s Workers’ Compensation Department is now accepting “Request for Proposal” for the Continuing Education Seminars for Vermont Licensed Workers’ Compensation Adjusters. For complete information go to http://www.bgs.state.vt.us/pca/bids/pdf/Conference%20RFP%208-18-16.pdf. All Request for Proposals are due September 2, 2016 at 4:00pm.

Internships

FY 2017 Vermont Department of Labor Secondary and Post-secondary Internship Applications Available

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RFI FOR SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY INTERNSHIP FUNDS

Date of Issue: August 11, 2016

Applications Due: September 2, 2016 by 4:00 p.m.

Submission to: Sally Redpath, Grant Manager

FY 2017 Vermont Department of Labor Secondary and
Post-secondary Internship Application

Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) Internship Program Grants are intended to support work-based learning opportunities for students with Vermont employers. Eligible applicants include Vermont employers, trade, business and labor associations, schools, and other public and private entities. Applicants must clearly demonstrate ability to manage internships and match Vermont employers with students and recent graduates from public and private secondary and post-secondary schools. Students include Vermont residents in high school or college (in Vermont or out) or those who graduated within the past 24 months, and non-residents who are currently enrolled in a Vermont school or who graduated from a Vermont school within the past 24 months.

Funding will only be awarded to Programs or Projects that meet the following criteria:
a. Must include Vermont employers who have a clear commitment to new jobs and hiring Vermonters
b. Must demonstrate their regular interaction, work and partnership with the VDOL Career Centers
c. Provide an opportunity for interns to learn skills, competencies and behaviors to succeed in the workplace.
d. Include clear measures of job performance and skill mastery
e. Demonstrate the employer (supervisors, managers, directors, or owners) supervision of the intern(s)
f. Demonstrate an ability to effectively report results to VDOL in a timely manner
g. Comply with all Vermont and federal labor laws. Direct questions to VDOL.
h. Persons or Entities, including sub-contractor, not in good standing with the Vermont departments of Labor, Taxes, Financial Regulations, Office of Child Support, or Vermont Attorney General’s Office, will not receive grant funding or monies under this program.
i. Persons or entities, including sub-contractors, who are under federal or state debarment will not receive grant funding or monies under this program.

Applications for the Department of Labor’s Internship Program will be due by 4:00 PM Thursday, September 2, 2016. For an application packet, please contact Sally Redpath sally.redpath@vermont.gov, 802-828-4394 before August 25, 2016.

Terms and Conditions

As a public sector organization, the Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) is generally required to solicit formal bids through a RFI process.

The Future is Now, Strategic Vision

Vermont’s Statewide 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections

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The Vermont Department of Labor announces the release of the 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections, showing future employment growth in over 500 occupations. Also included in the release is the Median Wage Rate and the typical Education, Work Experience and On-The-Job Training needed for each occupation.

Long Term Projections provide a general guide for the direction and relative strength of occupational demand and assist the educational community, workforce development specialists, and individuals exploring careers to plan for the future and identify occupations that will show promise in the number of annual openings and good incomes over the long run.

For more information visit Occupational Projections and or download the 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections – Statewide [XLS] report.

Attention

Unemployment Insurance Checks issued May 26, 2016 Have Errors

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Department of Labor logo

May 27, 2016
Press Release
Vermont Department of Labor
Contact: Commissioner Annie Noonan
802-828-4301

Unemployment Insurance Checks Issued Yesterday with Errors

UI Claimants asked to Follow Instructions to Ensure Payment

Unemployment Insurance checks were issued by the Vermont Department of Labor yesterday that did not include bank routing numbers. This error affected approximately 1,000 checks dated May 25, 2016.

UI Claimants are asked to follow these instructions to ensure payment:

  • The UI checks WILL be honored, as issued, by all branches of the People’s United Bank at one of their locations.
  • If you have not yet cashed your check, present it for payment at a People’s United Bank.
  • If you have already attempted to cash the check at another bank (i.e. other than People’s United) — even if it was accepted — be advised that it will NOT clear the federal clearinghouse. The Vermont Department of Labor is asking other banking/financial institutions to waive any ‘bounced check’ fees that might result from this situation.
  • If you have not yet cashed your check, and cannot get to a People’s United Bank, return the check to the Department of Labor at P.O. Box 488, Montpelier, VT 05601, or at one of the VDOL offices, and a replacement check will be issued within 48 hours.
  • If you are a business that has cashed one of these checks for a UI claimant, contact the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4333.
  • If you have questions, please call the Vermont Department of Labor at 802-828-4333 or 802-828-4301 or 802-828-4300.
Attention

New OSHA Workplace Injury Reporting Requirement

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Mandatory Reporting of Injuries/Illnesses to VOSHA
Requirements

1904.39(a)
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 http://labor.vermont.gov/vosha-injuriesillnesses-report/

VOSHA pictogram

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

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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.”

LMIAnnouncement

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

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Vermont Department of Labor

ANNOUNCEMENT
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:
http://www.vtlmi.info/occupation.cfm#oes

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:

http://www.vtlmi.info/indareanaics.cfm?areatype=01