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Important Updates on New Laws

Important Updates on New Laws

Several new laws will take effect on July 1, 2018. The Chamber’s advocacy team in Montpelier were actively engaged in legislative discussions of these proposals, bringing our members’ perspective to the discussion. We encourage members to review the information below and to be in touch with questions.

Accommodating Pregnant Employees

The Vermont Commission on Women recently released guidance for employers on new requirements for accommodating pregnant employees in the workplace. We encourage members, including managers and HR staff, to review it. Click here to view the guidance video.

Salary History

As of July 1, 2018, employers will not longer be able to ask job applicants questions pertaining to their salary history in an effort to reduce the gender pay gap in Vermont. Employers are still able to ask an applicant about his/her desired salary if they are offered the job. The Chamber recommends that as a best practice, members post a salary range for a position when posting it.

Gender Neutral Bathroom Law

As of July 1, 2018, places of public accommodation will need to designate single-user public restrooms as gender neutral.  The new law does not apply to restrooms with multiple toilets in the same room, which can still be restricted by gender under Vermont law.

Sexual Harrassment Law 

Vermont’s new Sexual Harassment Law will also go into effect on July 1, 2018. The Chamber has asked the Vermont Attorney General’s office for employer guidance materials and understands that it is being developed. In the interim, employers can review the new law here and a summary here.