Vermont Wage Payment Laws




Frequency of Wage Payments

An employer must pay employees their wages once per week, unless it has given employees written notice, then an employer may pay employees bi-weekly (once every two weeks) or semi-monthly (twice per month). Wages must be paid within six days of the last day of the pay period.

If an employee is absent from his regular place of employment on the employer’s regular scheduled payday, the employer must pay the employee upon demand. Vermont Stat. 21-5-342




Manner of Wage Payments

An employer may pay his employees by:

  • cash,
  • check, or
  • direct deposit, if authorized in writing by the employee.

Vermont Stat. 21-5-342



Direct Deposit

An employer may pay an employee by direct deposit if the employee has consented in writing. Vermont Stat. 21-5-342



Payment upon Separation from Employment

Employees who are fired, discharged, terminated, or laid off

An employer must pay employees who are discharged or laid off from employment within 72 hours of the discharge. Vermont Stat. 21-5-342

Employees who quit or resign

An employer must pay employees who voluntarily leave their employment on the pay day following the separation from employment, or if there is no established pay day, on the following Friday. Vermont Stat. 21-5-342

Employees who are suspended or resigns due to a labor dispute (strike)

Vermont has no law regarding an when an employer must pay an employee who has resigned due to a labor dispute. Presumably an employer would pay an employee who resigns employment due to a labor dispute on the pay day following the separation from employment, or if there is no established pay day, on the following Friday.



Wages in Dispute

Vermont does not have any laws requiring an employer to pay an employee wages conceded to be due when involved in a wage dispute with the employee.



Deductions from Wages

According to Vermont’s Department of Labor, an employer may not withhold or deduct wages from an employee’s pay check for:

  • cash shortages
  • breakage, damage, or loss of the employer’s property

VT DOL Minimum Wage Rules



Uniforms, Tools, and Other Equipment Necessary for Employment

Vermont wage payment laws prohibit employers from deducting any amount from employee wages for providing or maintaining required apparel, including uniforms, or requiring employee to otherwise pay for providing or maintaining required apparel, including uniforms, unless the employee voluntarily consents to the deduction or other payment in writing and the deduction does not:

  • reduce the employees total compensation below the hourly minimum wage;
  • include any administrative fees or charges;
  • amend, nullify, or violate the terms of any collective bargaining agreement

VT DOL Minimum Wage Rules



Pre-hire Medical, Physical, or Drug Tests

An employer may not require an employee or applicant for employment to pay the cost of a medical examination as a condition of employment. Vermont Stat. 21-5-301



Notice of Wage Reduction

Vermont does not have any laws addressing when or how an employer may reduce an employees wages or whether an employer must provide employees notice prior to instituting a wage reduction. Any wage reduction can only be applied to hours worked after the change and cannot be applied to hours already worked.



Statement of Wages (Pay Stub)

Vermont does not have any laws requiring employers to provide employees of notice of wage rates, dates of pay, employment policies, fringe benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment.



Record Keeping Requirements

An employer must keep a true and accurate record of the hours worked by each employee and of the wages paid to him or her. Vermont Stat. 21-5-393



Notice Requirements

Vermont does not have any laws requiring employers to provide employees of notice of wage rates, dates of pay, employment policies, fringe benefits, or other terms and conditions of employment.