Vermont Employment Law Updates – 2018

Vermont Employment Law Updates – 2018

May
May 21 – Gov. Scott signed a law prohibiting employers from asking applicant about current or past compensation
On May 21, 2018, Governor Scott signed House Bill 294. The law prohibits employers from:

  • inquiring about an applicant’s current or past compensation from either the applicant or the applicant’s current or former employer
  • requiring applicants’ current or past compensation meet minimum or maximum criteria
  • determining whether to interview applicants based on their current or past compensation

Other requirements and restriction apply.

The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2018.
May 21 – Gov. Scott signed a law clarifying the retaliation provisions of the Workers’ Compensation law
On May 21, 2018, Governor Scott signed House Bill 731. The law clarifies what behaviors by employees in relations to violations of the Workers’ Compensation law are protected from retaliation. The new law protects employees from retaliation when they have “filed a complaint or reported a violation of [the law], or has testified, assisted, or cooperated in any manner with the Department or other appropriate governmental agency or department in an investigation of misclassification, discrimination, or other violation of this chapter.” (new changes are underlined)
The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2018.
May 21 – Gov. Scott signed a law changing the enforcement provisions of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act
On May 21, 2018, Governor Scott signed House Bill 731. The law makes changes to the enforcement provisions of the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Act.
The new law became effective when signed.
January
January 22 – Gov. Scott signed a law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana
On January 22, 2018, Governor Scott signed House Bill 511. The law makes the use of marijuana for recreational purposes legal with some restrictions and limitations.
The new law becomes effective on July 1, 2018.