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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, 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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Tuesday, March 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Vermont Department of Labor Central Office, 5 Green Mountain Drive, Montpelier, VT

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Revised Vermont Department of Labor Apprenticeship Rules for Public Input

March 31, 2015 at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. located at Vermont Department of Labor Central Office, 5 Green Mountain Drive, Montpelier, VT 05602

Or through Vermont Interactive Television site.

Click here for the proposed rules: http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Apprenticeship-Rules-Final-combined.pdf or https://secure.vermont.gov/SOS/rules/results.php

If you have additional questions, please contact Mike Hoyt at 802-828-4204.

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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.

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Electronic Filing For Employers

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Attention Vermont Employers

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”.
  • New employers will be mailed a temporary password. 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, please call the Employer Service Unit at 802-828-4344.

Employers reporting more than 250 employees:

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