Vermont Employment Law Update – June 2018

Vermont

Promoting Remote Workers and Remote Work Arrangements

On May 30, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (S.B. 94) establishing a new remote worker grant program with a certification process, to verify new remote workers and their qualifying expenses for a grant, along with eligibility requirements and grant award amounts. For example, a new remote worker may be eligible for a grant of between $5,000 and $10,000 per year for qualifying expenses over the life of the program.

The law also creates the ThinkVermont Innovation Initiative to fund strategies accelerating growth for small (20 or fewer employees) businesses.

The law is effective July 1, 2018.

Read VT S.B. 94

Crime Victim Protections and Unpaid Leave

On May 28, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 711) adding crime victims to the list of protected classes in the state’s Fair Employment Practices Act and requiring an employer to provide an employee who is a crime victim with unpaid leave to attend related legal proceedings.

The law is effective July 1, 2018.

Read VT H.B. 711

Gender-Free Single Occupancy Restroom

On May 11, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation requiring any single-user toilet in any public building or place of accommodation be gender-free and thereby usable by persons of any gender.

The law is effective July 1, 2018.

Read VT H.B. 333