Vermont Employment Law Update – May 2016

Vermont

Employment Rights of National Guard and Reserve Members

On May 23, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation (H.B. 805) regarding the employment rights of members of the National Guard and Reserve Components of the U.S. Armed Forces. The law clarifies that the provisions of Vermont law governing leaves of absence for military drill, training, or other temporary duty under military authority (21 Vt. Stat. §§ 491 – 493) applies to a member of the Vermont National Guard or the National Guard of another state. The law permits a Vermont employee that is a member of another state’s National Guard and is ordered to state active duty to elect to continue his or her civilian health insurance during the period of his or her state active duty. The law also clarifies the damages that an employee may seek in a civil action related to a violation of the subchapter and makes various technical amendments.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

Read VT H.B. 805

Smoking in the Workplace – Electronic Cigarettes

On May 15, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed legislation (H.B. 171) amending state law regarding smoking in the workplace to address the use of electronic cigarettes.

The law prohibits using electronic cigarettes in all places in which Vermont law bans smoking tobacco cigarettes, including workplaces, bars, restaurants, museums, libraries, hotel and motel rooms, and in motor vehicles in which there is a child under 8 years of age.

The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016.

Read VT H.B. 171