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Vermont - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

Vermont's current minimum wage is $8.73.
For more information on Vermont's minimum wage laws, visit our Vermont Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

Vermont requires an employer to pay overtime to employees, unless otherwise exempt, at the rate of 1½ times the employee's regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. VT Stat. 21:384; VT Dept. of Labor FAQs. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

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Meals and Breaks

Under Vermont law, an employer must provide its employees with “reasonable opportunity” to eat and use toilet facilities in order to protect the health and hygiene of the employee. VT Stat. 21-5-304. Under federal law, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than twenty (20) minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually thirty (30) minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
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Vacation Leave

Information about Vermont vacation leave laws may now be found on our Vermont Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about Vermont sick leave laws may now be found on our Vermont Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about Vermont holiday leave laws may now be found on our Vermont Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about Vermont jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Vermont Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about Vermont voting leave laws may now be found on our Vermont Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

Vermont law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. VT Dept. of Labor FAQs. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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