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Vermont Passes Law Aimed at Sexual Harassment Prevention

Vermont’s “An act relating to the prevention of sexual harassment” makes numerous changes to state law related to sexual harassment. The act provides expansive protections for both current and prospective employees and creates new restrictions and obligations for employers. The changes go into effect on July 1, 2018.

What Vermont’s Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Means for Employers

Vermont’s recreational marijuana law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, lifts penalties for individuals possessing limited amounts of marijuana. However, the new law does not require employers to tolerate marijuana possession or use in the workplace. Further, employers may continue to test for marijuana, though any adverse employment actions must be considered carefully for the risk of disability discrimination claims.

Vermont Attorney General Publishes Guide to Marijuana in the Workplace

Vermont’s recreational marijuana law will take effect on July 1, 2018. (Click here for our previous blog summarizing this law and its impact on employers). On June 14, 2018, the Vermont Office of the Attorney General published the Guide to Vermont’s Laws on Marijuana in the Workplace. The Guide provides employers with an overview of the changes to Vermont’s marijuana laws, and summarizes existing employment laws relating to drug testing in the workplace.

Vermont Adds Crime Victims to Its List of Protected Classes with New Law

The categories of individuals protected under Vermont’s anti-discrimination statute (21 V.S.A. §495) has been expanded to include crime victims.

Vermont Requires Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

A new Vermont law will result in more gender-free restrooms. Beginning July 1, 2018, single-user restrooms in public buildings or places of public accommodation must be available for use by persons of any gender.

Share The Patchwork of States Prohibiting Salary History Inquiries Grows to Include Vermont and Likely Connecticut

Vermont and likely Connecticut will soon join California, Delaware, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Puerto Rico (along with various cities and counties) in prohibiting salary history inquiries.

Vermont Enacts Salary History Inquiry Law

On May 11, 2018, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation restricting employers from making salary history inquiries. The new law, H. 294, effective July 1, 2018, prohibits asking a prospective, current, or former employee about or seeking information regarding his or her compensation history. For these purposes, compensation includes base compensation, bonuses, benefits, fringe benefits, and equity-based compensation. Under the new law, employers are also prohibited from requiring that a prospective employee’s current or past compensation satisfy minimum or maximum criteria for employment. If an employer discovers a prospective employee’s salary history, the employer may not determine whether to interview the prospective employee based on this information.

Vermont Bans Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Salary and Benefit History

Beginning July 1, 2018, employers in Vermont will be prohibited from requiring a prospective employee to disclose his or her salary and benefit history under legislation (H.B. 294) signed by Governor Phil Scott on May 11, 2018.

Vermont Joins Salary History Inquiry Ban Trend

Vermont has become the latest state to enact a salary history question ban as Governor Phil Scott signed a law on Friday to prohibit employers from asking such questions. The measure aims to reduce the wage gap between men and women for performing the same or similar work.

Vermont Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Vermont has become the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana with Governor Phil Scott signing a law this week. Notably, this marks the first recreational marijuana law to be enacted by a state legislature instead of a ballot initiative.