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Secondary and Post-Secondary Internship Program – Applications due Nov. 17

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Vermont Department of Labor
Secondary and Post-Secondary Internship Program
FY 2015

Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) Internship Program Grants are intended to support work-based learning opportunities 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.

Grant awards are for one year and applicants should not anticipate or presume additional funding upon expiration of grant.  Funding will not be provided for programs that duplicate other available programs or services.

In June of 2014, Governor Shumlin signed Act 199 into law creating a new internship initiative called the Vermont Strong Internship Program.  This program will move the State in the direction of establishing more centralized support for, and coordination of, internship activity in the State, while at the same time still supporting local and regional internship programs.  Included in this new effort will be a central clearinghouse for internship opportunities.  Going forward, the Workforce Education and Training Fund (WETF) Internship Grants will no longer fund statewide internship clearinghouses, except to the extent that they complement and add value to the State clearinghouse plan.  Programs that are funded by a grant may be required to post their internship opportunities on this statewide clearinghouse, in addition to whatever other posting is approved as part of their grant.  In addition, grantees must agree to allow their programs to be part of any publicity that the State may wish to carry out involving internship programs.

The payment of wages to interns by employers is favored, particularly for post-secondary students, but programs may provide a stipend based on financial need. The method for determining need must be identified in your application.  Programs for interns to work with for-profit employers must meet a strict legal standard.  See:  http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.htm.  Interns may or may not receive academic credit, as determined by their educational institution.

Funding will only be awarded to programs or projects that meet the following:

a. Do not duplicate, replace or supplant available programs.

b. Provide an opportunity for interns to learn skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to succeed in the workplace, while exploring career options.

c. Create real workplace expectations and consequences.

d. Create intern and employer relationships that will increase the likelihood that interns will work and live in Vermont following graduation.

e. Promote employer involvement with secondary and post-secondary students and institutions.

f. Provide a process that measures progress towards mastery of skills, attitude, behavior, and sense of responsibility required for success in the workplace.

g. Engage eligible students. Students include Vermont residents in high school or college (in Vermont or out) or 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.

h. Comply with all State and Federal labor laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act.  You may direct questions to the VDOL.

i. Partner with VDOL, when possible, to recruit employers and interns.

Applications for the Department of Labor’s Internship Program will be accepted starting November 3, 2014 and closing at 4:00 p.m. on November 17, 2014.  Start date of program may be no earlier than January 1, 2015.  However, if you were a grant recipient during FY14 and you have reapplied for a grant during this application period, the Department may, at its discretion, allow costs incurred as of October 15, 2014.

Please e-mail your completed application, as a WORD document, to each of the following: sally.redpath@state.vt.us and rhonda.hopkins@state.vt.us  If you have questions, please contact Sally Redpath:  802-828-4394.

Secondary and Post-Secondary Internship Grant Application (.docx format)

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Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September

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The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September 2014 was 4.4 percent. This represents an increase of three-tenths of a percent from the revised August rate (4.1 percent). The equivalent national average was 5.9 percent, which decreased by two-tenths of a percent from the previous month’s estimate. This is the fourth monthly increase to the statewide unemployment rate in Vermont in the past year. As of the prior month’s initial data, Vermont’s unemployment rate was the fifth lowest in the country.

Vermont Unemployment Rate Rises to 4.4 percent in September

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Veterans’ Career Fair – Nov. 6 – Holiday Inn, South Burlington

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Holiday Inn
1608 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

We will be welcoming Military Veterans (only) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Job Fair is open to the General Public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bring your resume and meet with area employers! This event is to support our Vermont Veterans.

Business Professional Attire is recommended.

This Job Fair Is Hosted By:
Vermont Department of Labor and
Veteran Employment Representatives

Employers attending this job fair 

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Electronic Quarterly Report Filing Requirement Effective with the 3rd Quarter 2014 Reporting

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Attention Vermont Employers
Mandatory Electronic Filing for All Employers

Effective for the 3rd quarter 2014 reporting (due on or before October 31, 2014) ALL employers are required to file their quarterly Unemployment Insurance Wage and Contribution Reports electronically.

Employers reporting 0 to 250 employees:

  • The electronic Vermont Internet Tax and Wage System (VITWS) can be accessed by selecting “Employer Online Services” on the home page, then selecting “File Your Quarterly Reports & Taxable Wage Base Information”.
  • Employers will be mailed a temporary password during the last week of September. When the temporary password is received, log onto the Vermont Internet Tax and Wage System (VITWS) to create your own custom password for quarterly filing. Please retain your newly established password for safe keeping, as this will be your permanent password for all future filings. If you need to reset your password, you will need to call the Employer Service Unit at 802-828-4344.

Employers reporting more than 250 employees:

  • Must utilize the Large Employer Reporting System.
  • If you are not registered, please find the specifications and application (C-29A) at www.labor.vermont.gov, under “Forms”, “Employer Forms”.
  • To utilize the Large Employer Reporting System, submit the C-29A Before October 13, 2014.

A penalty assessment of $100.00 will be charged to employers who fail to file electronically.

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Vermont’s Minimum Wage Will Increase on January 1st

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Meals and Lodging Allowances Will Also See Slight Increases

Montpelier, VT – The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the STATE minimum
wage rate will be increased to $8.73 per hour – from the current rate of $8.60 per hour – effective on
January 1, 2014.

Under Vermont statute (21 VSA § 384), Vermont’s minimum wage increases each year at the same
rate as the Consumer Price Index (as calculated in August for the preceding year, or at 5%, whichever
is less). The same calculation increase applies to the basic wage rate for tipped employees and the
maximum tip credit allowed, and for the permitted-deduction-rates for employer-provided rooms
and meals.

Service or tipped employees rate will increase to $4.23 per hour from $4.17. “Service or tipped”
employees may include individuals working in businesses such as hotels, motels, tourist places and
restaurants, and who customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct
and personal service. The service or tipped employee’s total earnings during a pay period (a
combination of tips and basic wage) must equal or exceed the minimum wage of $8.73 per hour, and
if not the employer must make up the difference.

An employer may deduct from wages earned an allowance for meals and lodging actually furnished
and accepted. The allowances and the increased rates as of January 1, 2014 are as follows:
Breakfast $2.94 daily
Lunch $3.30 daily
Dinner $3.67 daily
Full Board $9.91 daily or $69.37 per week
Nightly Lodging $4.04 daily
Full Room $24.30 weekly
Full room & Board $83.93 per week

Vermont law requires all employers to post the minimum wage rates. Updated posters for both the
minimum wage and meals and lodging allowance can be found at the Vermont Department of
Labor’s website (www.labor.vermont.gov) under the “Publications” section.

Information about the minimum wage or other wage and hour regulations impacting Vermont’s
workforce can be found on the Vermont Department of Labor website at www.labor.vermont.gov or
contact the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Program at 802-828-0267.

 

For Immediate Release
October 25, 2013
Contact: Mathew Barewicz, Economic & Labor Market Information Chief
Vermont Department of Labor
Phone: 802-828-4153 or at mathew.barewicz@state.vt.us