Social Media Privacy for Employees

On May 17, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 462) prohibiting an employer from requiring or requesting that an employee or applicant disclose personal social media account information. Retaliation is prohibited against an employee who exercises his or her rights under the law.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read VT H.B. 462

Accommodations for Pregnancy-Related Conditions

On May 4, 2017, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation (H.B. 136) providing accommodations for pregnant employees. Under the new law, located at Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 21, § 495d, it is an unlawful employment practice for an employer to fail to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s pregnancy-related condition, unless it would impose an undue hardship on the employer. An employee with a pregnancy-related condition, regardless of whether the employee is an individual with a disability, has the same rights and is subject to the same standards with respect to the provision of a reasonable accommodation as a qualified individual with a disability.

These protections do not:

  • Diminish the rights, privileges, or remedies of an employee pursuant to federal or state law, a collective-bargaining agreement, or an employment contract.
  • Indicate or deem that a pregnancy-related condition necessarily constitutes a disability.

Additionally, employers are required to post notice of the pregnancy-related accommodation provisions in a form provided by the labor commissioner in a conspicuous location in the workplace.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read VT H.B. 136