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The 2016 Worksite Wellness Award Application is now open


The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports congratulates you on all of the work you have done over the last year, and thanks you for taking the time to apply for a 2016 Worksite Wellness Award. The application covers the period from September 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016.

We are so excited that the field of wellness continues to make advances and gain acceptance in multiple dimensions, recognizing the intersection of physical health with emotional health, occupational health, spiritual and social well-being, and other important elements of wellness. As worksites embrace a wellness strategy that encompasses these various dimensions of health and wellness there has been a shift moving Vermont worksites to play a leading role in creating positive cultures where employees, their families, and their communities are becoming healthier, energized and performing at their best.

Thank you so much for making a difference in the lives of your employees by creating environments where they can thrive and be well day after day. For more information and an application for the 2016 Worksite Wellness Award, please click here.

The Future is Now, Strategic Vision

Vermont’s Statewide 2014-2024 Long Term Occupational Projections


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.


Unemployment Insurance Checks issued May 26, 2016 Have Errors


Department of Labor logo

May 27, 2016
Press Release
Vermont Department of Labor
Contact: Commissioner Annie Noonan

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.

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

VOSHA pictogram

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: