Vermont passes paid sick leave law

February 19, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The Vermont Legislature has passed a bill that soon will require employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.  I am on Sick Leaves Message

The bill, which passed the Vermont Senate on February 10 and the House on February 17, is expected to gain Governor Peter Shumlin’s signature. Presuming the governor signs the bill, the law will go into effect on January 1, 2017, for most employers but not until January 1, 2018, for employers with five or fewer employees who are employed for an average of not less than 30 hours per week, according to N. Joseph Wonderly, an attorney with Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C., in Burlington, Vermont.

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Vermont approves highest state minimum wage in country

June 13, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Sophie Zdatny

On June 9, Governor Peter Shumlin signed House Bill 522 into law, making Vermont the first state to approve a minimum wage above the $10.10 goal set by President Barack Obama.

As of January 1, 2015, Vermont’s minimum wage will rise to $9.15, from its current level at $7.25. The minimum wage will increase to $9.60 effective January 1, 2016, and then to $10.00, effective January 1, 2017. The minimum wage will rise to $10.50 on January 1, 2018, and will continue to increase each subsequent January 1 by five percent or the percentage increase of the Consumer Price Index (whichever is smaller).

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Vermont governor to sign equal pay bill into law on Tuesday

May 13, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Sophie E. Zdatny

House Bill 99, titled “an act relating to equal pay,” has cleared both chambers of the Vermont Legislature and is set to be signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin on Tuesday, May 14.

The final bill amends Vermont’s Fair Employment Practices Act to provide that an employer may pay different wage rates to employees of different sexes only when the differential wages are based on (1) a seniority system, (2) a merit system, (3) a system in which earnings are based on quality or quantity of production, or (4) a bona fide factor other than sex. Employers now will be required to show that any wage differential is based on a factor that “does not perpetuate a sex-based differential in compensation, is job-related with respect to the position in question, and is based upon a legitimate business consideration.”

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Six States Increase Indexed Minimum Wages for 2011

December 27, 2010 0 COMMENTS

As the new year approaches, a number of states will see index-driven increases to their minimum wage rates. Specifically, Arizona, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington will each add around 10 cents per hour to their existing wage rates, based on an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of a little more than one percent from August 2009 to August 2010. Two other states, Florida and Missouri, have chosen not to adjust their indexed wages.

In Arizona, the state minimum wage will increase from $7.25 to $7.35 per hour and will remain at that rate throughout the next year. Tipped employees’ hourly wages also will increase 10 cents, from $4.25 to $4.35. The new minimum wage must be posted in an area where employees can read the poster, such as the break room.

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