Federal Programs - Impact on Vermonters

The U.S. Congress has passed legislation that includes provisions to extend the federal unemployment insurance programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). For more details, click here


On Friday, March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which included the expansion of those eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Additionally, on August 25, 2020, Governor Phil Scott announced Vermont had secured funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. 

On Sunday December 27, the President signed COVID-19 economic relief legislation which included provisions to extend the unemployment insurance (UI) programs created under the CARES Act until March 14, 2021. Read the full press release here, or further details through the program links below. Further updates will be provided should new information become available. 

On Thursday, March 11, 2021, the President signed into law the Country’s next pandemic relief bill know as the American Rescue Plan. This $1.9 trillion stimulus bill provides additional benefits for individuals collecting unemployment compensation, as well as relief for non-profit businesses and local government entities. Read the full Commissioner's Note here. 

As the Department of Labor works to implement the various elements of these programs, please find information below about the impact on Vermonters.

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Contact Information

COVID-19 Update: Department of Labor offices are currently closed due to COVID-19. Please contact the Department by phone.

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000

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