For more information, call 802 828-4157 or email Labor.LMI@vermont.gov.
Affirmative Action Plan
Question: Can you please tell me what information is available for an employer to prepare an affirmative action plan?
Answer: There are two main sources of data that provide demographic information by occupational category.
1. The most comprehensive comes from the U.S. Census Bureau and is called the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Tabulation.
2. A second source is Labor Exchange Information that reflects only individuals who use VDOL's services.
Child Labor Laws
Question: My son is 14 years old and would like to get a summer job. I want to know what the legal working age is in Vermont and what rules or restrictions apply to him as far as employment is concerned.
Answer: You should contact VDOL Wage & Hour program, phone (802) 951-4083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review the regulations on Child Labor Laws (pdf).
Cost of Living in Vermont
Question: What is the "Cost of Living" in Vermont compared to other states?
Answer: The official "Cost of Living" is the Consumer Price Index produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS produces the CPI for the nation and regional areas but not for states. Other sources of living costs and relocation information are available at ELMI’s Related Web Sites.
Question: Is it against the law for an employer to put you in a different job position and try to make you quit by taking money away from you, then admitting the reasoning for it is he doesn't like you?
Answer: For help with questions about discrimination in the workplace, information is available at the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office or call 1-888-745-9195 (toll free in Vermont) or (802) 828-3657. For questions concerning wage issues, contact VDOL Wage and Hour, email email@example.com, phone (802) 951-4083.
Educational Attainment and Income
Question: Do you know the median Vermont family income of families with a college degree versus the Vermont family income of families with a high school diploma?
Answer: Information on Family Income by Educational Attainment is not available. However, the U.S. Census’ American Fact Finder does have data on individual Median Earnings by Educational Attainment and Poverty Status of Families by Educational Attainment.
Question: What is the difference between "Employment" and "Covered Employment"?
Answer: There are different definitions for "employment" depending on the program that is the source of the estimate.
1. The most detailed source for employment data is the Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages, based on reports to the Unemployment Insurance Program. It is referred to as "UI Covered" or sometimes just "Covered" employment. Here employment is a count of jobs. So, for example, a person working at two jobs would be counted twice, once for each job. Types of employment not included in UI covered are the self-employed, railroad workers, and most farm workers. The volume of data processed cause a 5-month delay in the quarterly release of monthly counts.
2. A more timely estimate of employment is available from the Current Employment Statistics program. This program surveys a sample of employers to produce monthly estimates a month later. Like the previous program, employment here is a count of jobs. Definition of employment in this program is slightly broader, including some minor “presumed non-covered” workers, such as religious and railroad workers, and work-study students.
3. The broadest definition of employment is from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program. Here employment includes all civilian non-institutionalized workers 16 years of age or older, including the self-employed. However, unlike the other two programs, employment here is a count of persons employed, not jobs. In this program, a person with two jobs is counted only once, as employed.
Employment Statistics by Gender
Question: How can I get Vermont employment and labor force statistics by gender?
Answer: Employment and labor force information by gender is available from multiple sources.
1. Earnings and Jobs by Gender is based on data from VDOL and reflects employers subject to Unemployment Insurance law.
2. QWI Explorer enables access to the Quarterly Workforce Indicators dataset that combines federal, state and Census Bureau information on employers and employees.
3. Sex by Age by Employment Status has labor force, employment and unemployment gender information from the U.S. Census American Community Survey.
4. Geographic Profile of Employment and Unemployment presents annual data on the employed and unemployed by gender, age, occupation, industry and class of worker.
Foreign Labor Certification
Question: Who do I contact for questions related to workers from other countries coming to the United States under the Foreign Labor Certification programs?
Answer: Information for employers seeking to hire foreign workers can be found at Wages & Income in the Prevailing Wage side panel.
Fringe Benefit Information
Question: I am looking for information on fringe benefits provided by Vermont employers.
Answer: Information on benefits offered by Vermont firms is contained in the 2013 Fringe Benefit Study report (pdf).
Question: What are the laws/regulations governing job description updating and the amount of changes which dictate when a position needs to be hired for or just a job description update?
Answer: There are no laws or regulations governing the development of job descriptions as long as they don't discriminate on the basis of race, gender, etc. If you have concerns about discrimination, information is available at the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General's Office or call 1-888-745-9195 (toll free in Vermont) or (802) 828-3657. For questions concerning wage issues, contact VDOL Wage and Hour, email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone (802) 951-4083.
Labor Market Area Definitions
Question: What is a labor market area and how are they defined?
Answer: A Labor Market Area consists of a core area of substantial population and adjacent communities with a high degree of economic integration. Labor Market Areas are defined every 10 years based on population and commuting patterns. For more information, see Vermont 2015 Labor Market Areas (pdf).
Question: Where can I find a list of the largest employers in Vermont? In the past you provided a list but I can't find it now?
Answer: As of October 2006, we no longer publish lists of the largest employers. Confidentiality standards prohibiting VDOL from releasing employer specific information now include listing the largest employers. Other sources for a list of the largest employers in Vermont, based on employment, are the Vermont Business Magazine and CareerOneStop - State Profile: Largest Employers. Both sources have shortcomings. VBM focuses on Vermont based private employers, excluding governmental and national firms. CareerOneStop information is based on individual workplaces instead of a business' total activity, so firms with multiple stores/plants rank lower. Finally, employment levels may differ significantly from information reported to VDOL. The above links are provided as a courtesy. VDOL makes no assurances as to the accuracy of the information from these sources. Use with caution!
Median Household Income by Towns
Question: Where can I find median household income?
Answer: The ELMI publication Economic and Demographic Profiles contains median income for towns based on data from the Vermont Tax Department. The Center for Rural Sudies' Vermont Housing Data Profiles contains a wide varity of Housing Data, many items from U. S. Census. Finally, State median household income is available from the U. S. Census Bureau.
Question: What is the state minimum wage? What is the minimum wage for waiters and waitresses?
Answer: The latest minimum wage information, including minimum wage for wait staff, is available from Wage and Hour. You can contact them by phone (802) 951-4083 or email email@example.com.
Question: Can an employer make overtime mandatory, and what can be done if you don't want to work overtime?
Answer: The VDOL Wage & Hour Program administers laws related to this issue, phone (802) 951-4083, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posters Required for Employers
Question: I am interested in obtaining the required postings for Vermont employers.
Answer: You can obtain all requried workplace postings from the VDOL Wage and Hour program, call (802) 951-4083, email email@example.com. All required workplace postings are free.
Residency for UI Benefits
Question: I am a resident of New Hampshire, but was employed in Vermont. Do I file my claim for Unemployment Insurance in Vermont or New Hampshire?
Answer: When work is performed in Vermont, you should establish a new unemployment claim with Vermont by calling the Initial Claims line at 1-877-214-3330 (toll free).
Question: Does the department have any survey information on shift differentials throughout the state? Does anyone know where I can get that information if the Department does not have it?
Answer: We do not collect data for shift differentials but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes national data in the Employer Costs for Employee Compensation, a publication of the National Compensation Survey.
Size of Firm Data
Question: I am looking for data on number of establishments and employees by firm size in the State of Vermont.
Answer: Firm size information is available through the Covered Employment and Wages (QCEW) size class tables.
Starting a Business
Question: I want to start a small business. What do I need to do as far as the state is concerned?
Answer: The Vermont Department of Economic Development is a good resource on how to start a buisness. For starters, you will probably want to contact Secretary of State, 888-647-4582, and the Vermont Department of Taxes, (802) 828-2505. If you plan to hire workers, you should contact the following VDOL divisions: Unemployment Insurance, phone (802) 828-4000, email Labor.firstname.lastname@example.org, and Worker's Compensation, phone (802) 828-2286, email Labor.email@example.com.
State of Vermont Jobs
Question: What is the process for applying for state jobs? Do I need to take civil service tests or something? How do I find out how, when and where the tests or the job listings of this type are?
Answer: Information on state employment opportunities is available at the Vermont Department of Human Resources. You can also contact HR by phone at 1-855-828-6700 (toll free) or 802-828-6700.
Question: What are the requirements for teaching jobs in Vermont? Where can I find the information needed to see if I qualify to teach?
Answer: Educator Quality at the Vermont Department of Education can provide information about the requirements for teaching in Vermont. You can contact them by calling (802) 479-1030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Question: Does the state track turnover statistics by region or by industry?
Answer: Turnover statistics for Vermont are available by region, industry, age and gender at QWI Explorer. Turnover is one of seven Quarterly Workforce Indicators available through this U.S. Census web-based analysis tool as part of the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program.
Question: What businesses are included in the unspecified county category.
Answer: The substate area, "Unspecified", contains businesses that cannot be assigned to a specific location. Since 2003, most of this group consists of respite workers, hired by individuals living at home, paid by Medicaid through an administrator who is unable to provide work location information.
Vacation Pay Compensation
Question: I recently left my job at one company to take another. I had two weeks of vacation time due to me at my first job, which I did not use. The company is refusing to pay me for my unused vacation time. How do I go about resolving this issue?
Answer: VDOL Wage and Hour program deals with this type of issue. You can submit a Wage/Benefit Claim form and/or contact Wage & Hour by phone (802) 951-4083 or email email@example.com.