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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.