Press Release: Department of Labor Asks Employers for First Quarter Wage Reports; Offers Flexibility for Contributions and Penalties

30 April 2020

Montpelier – The Department of Labor reminds employers that first quarter wage reports are due on April 30, 2020.  Timely submittal will assist the Department in ensuring that Vermonters applying for unemployment will receive benefits. In addition to first quarter wage reports, first quarter unemployment tax contributions are also due on April 30.

“Wage reports provide the information necessary for our Unemployment Insurance Division to accurately calculate a claimant’s weekly benefit amount,” said Director Cameron Wood. “A delay in reporting can cause a potential delay in benefits for claimants.”

“The Department wants to help ensure accurate benefit amounts are paid to Vermonters, but we also recognize this is an unprecedented time, and support is needed for employers. Whether it is flexibility on contributions or waiving certain penalties, the Department stands ready to provide support”, said Interim Commissioner Michael Harrington.

FLEXIBILITY ON QUARTERLY CONTRIBUTIONS

In addition to wage reports, quarterly employer contributions are also due on April 30. While employers that are able to make contribution payments are encouraged to do so, the Department is offering flexible payment options for businesses who cannot meet the contribution deadline and are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

WAIVING OF EMPLOYER PENALITIES

The Department of Labor is waiving penalties employers may have received for delays in providing separation forms and wage verification requests. If an employer has received a penalty in error, or believes it should be waived, they may submit the request for waiver by filling out an online request form at https://labor.vermont.gov/form/penalty-waiver-request-form.  

For further updates and information, please visit the Department of Labor website at https://labor.vermont.gov.

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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