Vermont

New rules needed for independent contractors 

Heidi Scheuermann

  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 

State of Vermont in the United States

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…

2016 Legislative Preview Issues the Vermont Legislature will face in the coming year. 

State of Vermont in the United States

From JDSupra, Joseph Choquette, III, Lucie Garand, John Hollar, and Rebecca Lewandoski offer their preveiw to the 2016 Vermont legislative session.  They write: INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS Lawmakers are likely to revisit the issue of independent contractors, despite years of failed efforts to find a resolution. Labor organizations have complained that some businesses misclassify employees as independent contractors, thereby circumventing employee benefits…

 US Labor Department and Vermont Department of Labor sign agreement to protect workers from misclassification 

State of Vermont in the United States

From the United States Department of Labor (DOL), a news brief announcing that Vermont signed an agreement with the DOL to share information about misclassification.  The news brief: Description: Officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Vermont Department of Labor have signed a three-yearMemorandum of Understanding intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing…

Could helping the self-employed help Vermont’s economy?

State of Vermont in the United States

From WCAX, Nancy Remsen identifies the dilemma with classifying workers as employees or independent contractors.  One wants to allow and even encourage individuals who want to be their own boss, set their own hours and be independent freelancers while at the same time protecting workers from unscrupulous companies who see to take advantage of workers, classify them…

Workers Comp Corner: Being mindful with contract help

From the Times Argus Online — “In order for a person in Vermont to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, an employer-employee relationship must exist between the injured worker and the employer. This relationship is defined by statute which defines an employee as: “An individual who has entered into the employment of, or works under contract of…