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Vermont high court decision on labor sparks legislative action 

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  From VTDigger, Erin Mansfield reports that the Vermont legislature is considering changes to the law classifying workers as independent contractors in part because of a Vermont Supreme Court decision.  Erin writes: The main disagreement between the court and the Department of Labor had to do with the so-called nature of the business test, which…

Vermont Builder Wins VT Supreme Court Independent Contractor Case 

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    VTDigger published a press release from the Home Builders & Remodelers Association announcing that the Vermont Supreme Court said a historic restoration expert was an independent contractor.  The press release states: WILLISTON, Vt., Feb 7 – In a victory for home builders and other small businesses Great Northern Construction, a member of the Home Builders…

Vermont Worker Misclassification Information Ad

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  The Vermont Department of Labor issued an ad to assist employers and workers on the importance of classifying workers correctly. Source: Worker Misclassification Information Ad | Vermont Department of Labor   Vermont’s Department of Labor had previously developed this public service announcement.   Related posts: Vermont high court decision on labor sparks legislative action …

Maneuver revives independent contractor bill in Vermont House 

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  From VTDigger, Erin Mansfield reports that the Vermont House revived the independent contractor bill after it was thought to be dead.  Erin writes: After nearly two months of procedural delays, the House is expected to discuss the controversial independent contractor bill Monday and could pass it as early as Tuesday. Lawmakers decided unanimously Thursday…

Vermont House Commerce to consider amendments to worker bill 

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  From VTDigger, Erin Mansfield provides an update on Vermont legislation that would change the definition of an independent contractor.  Erin writes: In its most recent form, H.867 would redefine what makes a person a self-employed independent contractor versus an employee who enjoys protection under Vermont’s labor laws. The most controversial part of the bill…

Independent contractor bill delayed again 

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    From VTDigger, Erin Mansfield reports that the Vermont legislature delayed voting on a bill that would change the definition of independent contractor in Vermont.  Erin writes: The House of Representatives has put off the floor vote on one controversial bill for the third time this month. The vote on H.867, a bill that…

Vermont Committee Hears Independent Contractor Bills 

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  Workcompcentral reports on legislation being considered by the Vermont legislature. Workcompcentral says: House Bill 773 by Rep. William Botzow, D-Bennington, would authorize state labor officials to inspect places of employment and question employees to investigate possible labor violations.  The bill would also require employers to hang posters at their place of business informing workers of…

New rules needed for independent contractors 

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  From the Stowe Reporter, Vermont Republican State Representative Heidi Scheuermann proposes a new definition for independent contractors.  Heidi writes: Specifically, my proposal would explicitly define an independent contractor by requiring that six criteria be met: • The individual has the essential right to control the means and progress of the work except for the…

Labor laws for contractors under examination in Vermont 

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From Vermont Watchdog.org, Michael Bielawski reports that the Vermont legislature is considering legislation that would, among other things, clarify the definition of an independent contractor under the workers compensation and unemployment insurance statutes.  Michael writes: Under the current classifications, some hiring entities worry they are liable for workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance, even though their hired workers…