Last updated on: June 30th, 2023
Hours & Pay Regulations
An employer is not required to provide its employees with paid or unpaid holidays (such as ‘Memorial Day’ or ‘Thanksgiving’), paid or unpaid sick leave (except under Parental and Family Leave Act), paid or unpaid vacation time or severance pay when an employee leaves the business. However, employers who are parties to written agreements, which can be in the form of an employee handbook, memorandum, correspondence, etc., providing for vacation time, sick leave, holidays and/or severance pay are liable to their employees for these benefits.
Effective January 1, 2023, the state’s hourly minimum wage has increased to $13.18.
The above information on minimum wages might not be up to date & subject to change. Kindly access the DOL website for the current rates.
When an employee serves as a juror or participates as a witness in a proceeding, his/her employer is not required to pay the employee’s wages. However, for the purpose of determining seniority, fringe benefits, credit towards vacations and other rights, privileges and benefits of employment, employees shall be considered in the service of their employer during all times while serving as jurors or appearing as witnesses.
Vermont’s Parental Leave Law covers employers with 10 or more workers who work an average of 30 hours per week over the course of a year. Vermont’s Family Leave Law covers employers with 15 or more workers who work an average of 30 hours per week over the course of a year. A worker who has worked for a covered employer for an average of 30 hours a week for a year is entitled to leave under these laws. During any 12 month period, the worker is entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave:
- Parental Leave: during the pregnancy and/or after childbirth; or, within a year following the initial placement of a child 16 years of age or younger with the worker for the purpose of adoption; or
- Family Leave: for the serious illness of the worker, worker’s child, stepchild, ward, foster child, party to a civil union, parent, spouse, or parent of the worker’s spouse; and, in addition to the leave, a worker is entitled to short-term family leave of up to 4 hours in any 30 day period (but not more than 24 hours in any 12 month period) of unpaid leave.
During any 12 month period, the worker is entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave:
- To participate in preschool or school activities directly related to the academic advancement of the worker’s child, stepchild, foster child or ward who lives with the worker; or
- To attend or to accompany the worker’s child, stepchild, foster child or ward who lives with the worker or the worker’s parent, spouse or parent-in-law to routine medical or dental appointments; or
- To accompany the worker’s parent, spouse, or parent-in-law to other appointments for professional services related to their care and well-being; or
- To respond to a medical emergency involving the employee’s child, stepchild, foster child or ward who lives with the worker or the employee’s parent, spouse or parent-in-law.
Any person who, in order to serve as a member of the General Assembly, must leave a full-time position in the employ of any employer, shall be entitled to a temporary or partial leave of absence for the purpose of allowing such employee to perform any official duty in connection with his or her elected office. Such leave of absence shall not cause loss of job status, seniority, or the right to participate in insurance and other employee benefits during the leave of absence.
In addition to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994, Vermont law provides leave and job protections for reserve training and military duty. A leave of absence shall be with or without pay as determined by the employer.
Members of the reserve component of the Armed Forces or National Guard are entitled to a leave of absence to engage in military drills, training, or other temporary duties. A member of the Vermont National Guard or the National Guard of any state or territory who is ordered to state active duty shall be subject to the requirements of and entitled to the rights, privileges, benefits, and
protections provided by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335.
Between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2018, an employee shall accrue earned sick time on all hours worked at a rate of no less than one hour of earned sick time for every 52 hours worked, including overtime hours, of which a minimum of 24 hours shall be usable per annual period.
After December 31, 2018, an employee shall accrue earned sick time on all hours worked at a rate of no less than one hour of earned sick time for every 52 hours worked, including overtime hours, of which a minimum of 40 hours shall be usable per annual period. Beginning January 1, 2019, an employee has the right to use up to 40 hours of accrued sick time per annual period. An employee may use earned sick time for the following:
- Care for the employee’s own physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition that requires home care, professional medical diagnosis or care, or preventative medical care, including diagnostic, preventive, routine, or therapeutic health treatment; or
- Care for the employee’s parent, grandparent, spouse, child, brother, sister, parent-in-law, grandchild or foster child, who is suffering from a physical or mental illness, injury, or medical condition that requires home care, professional medical diagnosis or care, or preventative medical care; or
- Care for the employee’s sick or injured parent, grandparent, spouse, child, brother, sister, parent-in-law, grandchild, or foster child, including helping that individual obtain diagnostic, preventive, routine, or therapeutic health treatment, or accompanying the employee’s parent, grandparent, spouse, or parent-in-law to an appointment related to his or her long-term care. Routine healthcare treatment includes travel to and from an appointment, a pharmacy, or other location related to the purpose for which the time was taken; or
- Arranging for social or legal services or obtaining medical care or counseling for the employee or for the employee’s parent, grandparent, spouse, child, brother, sister, parent-in-law, grandchild, or foster child, who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking or who is relocating as the result of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking; or
- Care for a parent, grandparent, spouse, child, brother, sister, parent-in-law, grandchild or foster child, because the school or business where that individual is normally located during the employee’s workday is closed for public health or safety reasons.
Voluntary Paid Family And Medical Leave
Vermont Family and Medical Leave Insurance Plan (VT-FMLI), is a voluntary paid family and medical leave program that will give all working Vermonters access to affordable paid family and medical leave insurance by 2025.
The program will be rolled out in three phases. Phase I will begin for Vermont state employees on July 1, 2023. In Phase II, beginning on July 1, 2024, the program will be expanded to include other private and non-state public employers with two or more employees on a voluntary basis. Beginning on July 1, 2025, employees for employers that do not offer VT-FMLI, self-employed individuals, and employers with one employee, will be able to purchase coverage through the program through an individual purchasing pool.
Coverage: Under the first phase of the plan, Vermont state employees will be able to receive insurance coverage to provide 60 % wage replacement for 6 weeks for qualifying events beginning in July 2023. According to the announcement, qualified events include, the birth of a child and care of a newborn child up to one year after birth, the adoption of a child or foster care placement, and care for the newly placed child for up to one year after placement or caring for an employee’s spouse, child, stepchild, foster child, [or] ward who lives with the employee, or parent or parent of the employee’s spouse who has a serious health condition or employees own serious health issues which makes them unable to perform their job, or any qualifying exigency arising [from] the employee’s spouse, child, or parent [who] is a military member on covered active duty.
Effective January 1, 2018, it shall be 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’, shall have the same rights and be subject to the same standards with respect to the provision of a reasonable accommodation.