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Franklin Region Career & Job Expo

The Franklin Grand Isle Workforce Investment Board will be hosting the 2018 Franklin Region Career & Job Expo on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 12:00noon to 3:00pm. The Job Expo will take place at the Collins Perley Complex located at 890 Fairfax Road, St. Albans, VT. For more information, click on the following link: If you have additional questions, contact Kathy Lavoie at 802-782-1924.

Notice to Vermont UI Claimants

The Vermont Department of Labor has been made aware of notifications being received by individuals via text message regarding Vermont unemployment benefits.

Please be advised that the Vermont Department of Labor does not communicate unemployment information via text message at this time.

If you receive text messages regarding your UI claim in Vermont, the message is not from the Vermont Department of Labor.

For additional information contact UI Claimant Assistance at 877-214-3332.

Unemployment Tax Form (1099G) Information

The Vermont Department of Labor will start distributing the Unemployment Tax Form 1099G to those individuals that received unemployment payments in 2017. The 1099Gs will begin being mailed on Monday, January 22, 2018 and will continued to mailed the week of January 22nd until completed. 1099G information is available on your Vermont UI Claimant Portal. For additional physical copies of your 1099G, please contact the Department’s Claimant Assistance Line at the number below.

The 1099G Tax Form will be mailed to the address on record with the Unemployment Insurance Department. If you have moved, or you are unsure of the address on file, update your address by calling 877-214-3332 to avoid delays in receiving your tax information.

Hiring Your First Employee

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has created helpful guidance for new employers who are hiring their first employee. Use this guide to understand legal requirement associated with becoming an employer in the State of Vermont. These requirements include: federal and state tax law, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation insurance, and payroll deductions.

By clicking on the link below, you will leave the Vermont Department of Labor’s website for the Vermont Consumer Assistance Program website, a partnership between the Vermont Attorney General and the University of Vermont:

New Vermont JobLink User Requirements

Soon Vermont JobLink will require a working email address to uniquely identify you with your account for security purposes. You will also be able to use your email address to reset your password and opt into notifications that will enhance your job search.

Please prepare for these upcoming changes by reviewing your contact information now. Click My Profile in your main menu, then click Edit Contact Information. If you have already provided an email address, please ensure you can access it and that it is not shared with any other Vermont JobLink users (such as a spouse or other family member). If you have not provided an email address, please do so. After making any changes, click Save on the Contact Information page.

If you need to set up an email account, here are the links to a few of the free email providers:

Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.9 percent in January

The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for January was 2.9 percent. This reflects no change from the revised December rate. The national rate in January was 4.1 percent. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the fifth lowest unemployment rate in the country for all metropolitan areas. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for the fourth lowest in the country for the same time period.
Vermont Unemployment Rate Holds at 2.9 percent in January

Learn more about Vermont’s New Earned Sick Time Law

As of January 1, 2017, most Vermont employers will be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Vermont Department of Labor is charged with enforcing the new law. Below you will find the mandatory workplace poster. For a copy of the new poster, click here. You will also find a series of “Frequently Asked Questions”. For a copy of the “Frequently Asked Questions” click here.

There is also a link to the Vermont Department of Labor’s “Final Rule”. For a copy of the “Final Earned Sick Time Rule” click here. To view the Act passed by the Vermont Legislators, click here. If you have questions about the new law, please call 802-828-4281.