Employment

Got questions about your legal rights? The Vermont Commission on Women's handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont might provide answers. Chapters include: Adoption, Guardianship and Emancipated Minors; Consumer Protection and Fair Credit; Domestic Relations; Education; Employment Rights; Housing and Property Rights; Immigration; Insurance; Name Changes; Public Accommodations; Public Assistance and Government Benefits; Reproductive Rights; Violence Against Women and Children; and Wills, Probate Court, and Advanced Directives.

 

Vermont Employers: Please Sign on to the Vermont Equal Pay Compact. The Compact is a voluntary agreement in which employers pledge to learn about and take concrete steps to eliminate the wage gap in their workplaces.  Learn more and sign up here.

 

Employers and employees: find out more about the needs and rights of moms returning to work: Vermont Workplaces Support Nursing Moms (PDF file, 1202 KB)

 

Request our Salary, Benefits, And Flexible Workplace Negotiation Trainers list

 

Request our Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainers in VT list

 

These VCW publications, one written for employers and one for workers. outline rights and responsibilities under current equal pay laws, how to handle suspected pay discrimination, wage disclosure laws, pregnant worker’s rights, lactation accommodations, anti-retaliation protection, and information concerning family and medical leave.
Important Workplace Laws Vermont Workers Should Know (PDF, 167 KB)
Important Workplace Laws Vermont Employers Should Know (PDF, 196 KB)

 

Vermont Guide to Parental and Family Leave (PDF file, 5 MB) booklet. UPDATE: In June of 2012, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that annual and sick leave accruals are not employee benefits. Therefore, your employer is not required to accrue vacation and sick leave hours for the unpaid hours that you take off for either short-term or long-term family or parental leave. However your employer may continue to allow you to accrue vacation and sick time during either short or long term leave. (PDF File, 5 MB)

 

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, A Guide for Employers and Employees booklet (PDF file, 674 KB)

 

Domestic violence doesn't stay home when victims go to work. It can impact productivity, increase absentee rates, and increase the chance of violence in the workplace. VCW partnered with the Vermont Attorney General's office, the Vermont Council on Domestic Violence and other advocates to address domestic violence as a public health and safety issue in the workplace. Download these materials for your workplace:
Domestic Violence: A Workplace Issue (PDF file, 78 KB)

Full Report of 2011 Study: How Does Domestic Violence Affect the Vermont Workplace? A survey of male offenders enrolled in batterer intervention programs in Vermont.
Schmidt, M.C. & Barnett, A. M.C. & Barnett, A. (2011). Burlington, VT: University of Vermont, Center for Rural Studies

Executive Summary of Study
Schmidt, M.C. & Barnett, A. M.C. & Barnett, A. (2011). Burlington, VT: University of Vermont, Center for Rural Studies

Model Workplace Policy

US Department of Labor Resources:
On workplace flexibility www.dol.gov/odep/workplaceflexibility

On nursing mothers www.dol.gov/whd/nursingmothers
 

Civil Rights Division of the Vermont Attorney General's Office
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1001
(802) 828-3171 / 888 745-9195
(802) 828-3665 (TTY)
www.atg.state.vt.us/

The Civil Rights Unit is responsible for enforcing state laws which prohibit discrimination in employment. These include laws which prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, place of birth, age, handicap, HIV status, or for asserting a claim to worker's compensation, and laws which prohibit retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination. The Civil Rights Unit also enforces the laws related to employment-related drug testing, and polygraph (lie detector) testing, and the state laws which relate to parental and family leave. This office does not have jurisdiction over claims of discrimination in public accommodations (for example, denial of access to or discrimination by businesses, public groups and meetings, and the like) and housing. Do not accept claims of employment discrimination against the State of Vermont. These matters are handled by the Vermont Human Rights Commission.

 
Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633
(800) 416-2010 Voice
(877) 294-9200 TTY
http://hrc.vermont.gov/

The Vermont Human Rights Commission enforces civil rights laws that protect people from discrimination in housing, state government employment, and in places of public accommodation such as restaurants, stores, and schools. The Commission investigates discrimination claims, helps parties resolve disputes, and takes legal action in the courts when necessary. In addition, the Commission conducts workshops on civil rights issues and provides information and referral services. Finally, the Commission furnishes research and testimony about the potential impact of civil rights bills under consideration by the state Legislature.

 
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Regional Office
John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Room 475
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203-0506
Toll-Free: 866-408-8075
Boston Status Line: 617-565-4805
National Toll-Free: 800-669-4000
TTY (800) 669-6820
http://www.eeoc.gov/

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces a number of federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The laws enforced by the EEOC also prohibit retaliation against a person who files a charge of employment discrimination, assists in an investigation, aids in the enforcement of the laws, or opposes discrimination prohibited by the laws. Most employers with 15 or more employees are covered by the laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered. The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. EEOC services are free.

 
Vermont Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Program
http://www.labor.vermont.gov/Business/WageHourFairLaborPractices/tabid/111/Default.aspx
802-951-6283
603-666-7716

The Vermont Department of Labor oversees state law and adopted rules concerning minimum wage, overtime, wage payments, employee benefits, and child labor. The Program also provides information on wage and employment related issues and attempts to settle employer/employee wage disputes to the satisfaction of all parties. Contact the Program for problems collecting wages; employer violations of terms and conditions of a written agreement to provide wage supplements such as vacation, holiday, sick, or severance pay; not receiving the minimum wage; or for child labor questions.

 
http://labor.vermont.gov/Portals/0/Wage%20hour/WH-14%20Parental%20Family%20Leave%20Poster.pdf
Vermont Department of Labor’s information about Vermont’s Parental and Family Leave Laws.

http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28.htm
United States Department of Labor information about the Family and Medical Leave Act.

 
Vermont Worker’s Center
294 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington VT 05401
(802) 861-4892
http://www.workerscenter.org/

Completely confidential advice and information on what your rights are at work, how to protect them and how to expand them through organizing.

 
Vermont Employee Ownership Center
286 College Street
P.O. Box 546
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 338-7448
http://www.veoc.org/

The Vermont Employee Ownership Center is a statewide non-profit whose mission is to promote and foster employee ownership in order to broaden capital ownership, deepen employee participation, retain jobs, increase living standards for working families, and stabilize communities.

 

Family and Medical Leave Act
U.S Department of Labor
603-666-7716 (Manchester, NH regional office)
http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/index.htm
Provides information about the Family Medical Leave Act.

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Vermont Chapter
137 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6304
http://www.acluvt.org/

The ACLU advocates for the freedom and equality of all Americans and provides help to Vermonters whose civil liberties have been violated. Workplace rights and women’s rights are among the many issues the ACLU works to improve.

 

The Worker’s Rights Center
294 N Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05402-0593
(802) 861-4892
http://www.workerscenter.org/

The Worker’s Rights Center helps to inform workers of their rights and assists them in protecting their employment rights.

 

Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.
800-889-2047
http://www.vtlegalaid.org/

Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm organized into specialized projects serving clients from offices located throughout Vermont. They help Vermonters who have low incomes, are elderly or who have disabilities and who have legal problems. Vermont Legal Aid also offers assistance to victims of trafficking. They do not handle criminal cases. There is no charge for services. They are funded through state and federal grants and by private donations. Vermont Legal Aid, in conjunction with Law Line, created an integrated intake system which can process requests for legal services from anywhere in the state. Based on detailed screening guidelines, the intake specialist responds in one of several ways. They may refer the caller to a local resource, assign the case to a Vermont Legal Aid project, or refer the case electronically to Law Line where it will be assigned to an attorney or paralegal. Common examples of needs they can help with:
Court appearances or legal advice
Problems with housing or landlords
Domestic violence
Public assistance, long-term care, Medicaid, or health care issues
Concerns or questions regarding disability, special education, or guardianship issues
Discrimination or individual rights issues

Vermont Legal Aid facilitates several projects including a Disabilities Law Project, Senior Citizen Law Project, Housing Ombudsmen, Health Care Ombudsmen and a General Law project. Vermont Legal Aid also screens for the Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, which includes the Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project. Offices across the state:

Burlington Office:
264 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05402
(802) 863-2871 / 800-889-2047

Montpelier Office:
7 Court Street
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 223-6377 / 800-789-1495

Rutland Office:
57 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 775-0021 / 800-769-7459

Springfield Office:
56 Main Street, Suite 301
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-5181 / 800-769-9164

St. Johnsbury Office:
177 Western Ave., Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8721 / 800-769-6728

 

Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, Inc
274 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05402
800-639-8857 / (802) 863-7153
http://www.lawlinevt.org/

Law Line takes referrals directly from Vermont Legal Aid. Its mission is to provide high quality, high volume legal services to all low income Vermonters with civil legal problems and to promote the empowerment, dignity and equality of all Vermonters.

 

Vermont Law Help Website
http://www.vtlawhelp.org/

Website with free legal information, forms, and links to legal and other help created and maintained by Legal Services Law Line of Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid. Organized into the following categories:

Housing
Health
Small Claims
Disability
Benefits
Abuse
Education
Family
Work
Youth
Money and Debt
Taxes
Seniors

 

Vermont Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
800-639-7036

A free statewide referral service.

 

Vermont Trial Lawyers Association Referral Service
800-585-8852

A free statewide referral service.

 

Vermont State Police

Handles hate crimes and other criminal violations of the law. Call your local State Police Barracks:

Williston: (802) 878-7111
St. Albans: (802) 524-5993
Middlesex: (802) 229-9191
St. Johnsbury: (802) 748-3111
Derby: (802) 334-8881
Bradford: (802) 222-4680
Rutland: (802) 773-9101
Middlebury: (802) 388-4919
Shaftsbury: (802) 442-5421
Rockingham: (802) 875-2112
Brattleboro: (802) 254-2382
Royalton: (802) 234-9933

9 to 5 Job Problem Hotline
800-522-0925

An advocacy organization for working women throughout the United States and Canada.

 

Vermont Women in Law Enforcement
www.vwle.org/

Bringing together law enforcement professionals, educators, support personnel, and individuals seeking law enforcement careers to benefit from our organization’s mentoring programs and expose them to statewide law enforcement issues.

 

U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau (Region 1)
John F. Kennedy Federal Building, Room 525A
Boston, MA 02203
800-518-3585 / 617-565-1988
www.dol.gov/wb/

Pay Equity resources at U.S. Department of Labor:
www.dol.gov/equalpay/

The Boston regional office helps women improve their working conditions. Resources are available on topics such as wage and pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, and family and medical leave. The Women’s Bureau was created by law in 1920 to formulate standards and policies to promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment. The Bureau’s vision is to empower all working women to chieve economic security by preparing them for high paying jobs, ensuring fair compensation, promoting workplace flexibility and helping homeless women veterans reintegrate into the workforce.

 

Vermont Department of Labor
5 Green Mountain Drive
P.O. Box 488
Montpelier, VT 05601-0488
(802) 828-4000
(802) 828-4203 (TDD)
http://labor.vermont.gov/

Vermont Department of Labor’s Economic and Labor Market Information Site
Find Vermont-based statistics and data on employment, unemployment, industries, occupations, wages, income and more at http://www.vtlmi.info/

Find related links to sites with economic, career, occupational, educational, job and resume bank, relocation and business sites at http://www.vtlmi.info/link.cfm. Links to external Web sites are provided for convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

The Department of Labor consists of three divisions: the Division of Workers' Compensation and Safety, the Division of Unemployment Insurance and Wages, and the Division of Workforce Development.

There are 13 Vermont Department of Labor Career Centers statewide for job placement, training, and career counseling. These are one-stop resource centers for information on job openings, training opportunities, and skill development. They offer career counseling, job development and referrals:

Barre Resource Center
47 North Main Street
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 476-2600

Bennington Resource Center
200 Veterans Memorial Drive, Suite 2
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 442-6376

Brattleboro Resource Center
232 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0920
(802) 254-4555

Burlington Resource Center
63 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05402-0310
(802) 863-7676

Middlebury Resource Center
700 Exchange Street
Middlebury, VT 05753-1529
(802) 388-4921

Morrisville Resource Center
46 Pleasant Street
Morrisville, VT 05661-0429
(802) 888-4545

Newport Resource Center
Emory E. Hebard State Resource Center Building
100 Main Street, Suite 120
Newport, VT 05855-4898
(802) 334-6545

Randolph Resource Center
50 Randolph Ave
Randolph, VT 05060
(802) 476-2600

Rutland Resource Center
200 Asa Bloomer Building
Rutland, VT 05701-9413
(802) 786-5837

Springfield Resource Center
56 Main Street Suite 101
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-2167

St. Albans Resource Center
20 Houghton St. Room 101
St. Albans, VT 05478-2246
(802) 524-6585

St. Johnsbury Resource Center
1197 Main Street, Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05189-0129
(802) 748-3177

White River Junction Resource Center
220 Holiday Drive, Suite 28
Gilman Resource Center Center
White River Jct., VT 05001-0797
(802) 295-8805

Veteran's Job Counselors at VDOL: 802 828-4321

 

Employment Resources on Vermont.gov - official VT state website
www.vermont.gov/portal/employment

 

http://www.vermontjoblink.com/
Use Vermont JobLink to search for employment in Vermont.

 

The Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility’s Intern Program
http://vbsr.org/intern_program/intern_overview/

VBSR matches student interns with both VBSR member businesses and other local businesses in paid internships. Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands on and real-world experience in a business while businesses will benefit from the work, energy and insight of a student. Not only is it a mutually beneficial situation for the business and the student, but the state of Vermont benefits from the retention of talented people in the labor force with the goal that many of the students who complete the internship program will continue to live and work in Vermont after graduating.

 

Vermont Works for Women
32 Malletts Bay Ave.
Winooski, VT 05404
(802) 655-8900 / 800-639-1472
http://www.vtworksforwomen.org/

Through an array of innovative training and education programs, Vermont Works for Women assists women and girls in thinking about their lives in the broadest terms and helps them develop skills and capacities that are critical to long-term economic independence.

Vermont Works for Women's mission is four-fold
- To move women into employment success
- To provide access to non-traditional careers
- To invest in girls, the next generation of women
-  To advocate for large-scale culture change for women & girls

Programs for women include:

Step Ups - These programs introduce women to jobs and careers they may not have considered before – typically male-dominated fields – that pay a higher wage and have fewer female professionals and role models to look to. They range from one-day orientations to nine-week training programs and are developed in collaboration with local employer partners. Past Step Ups have included construction, manufacturing, commercial truck driving, information technology, and law enforcement.  http://vtworksforwomen.org/step-ups/

Transitional Jobs - A six-week program teaching the soft-skills of work, including time management, communication and negotiation. “TJ” programs also provide on-the-job learning for women who have little-to-no work history, have struggled with long-term unemployment, are underemployed, or formerly incarcerated. VWW provides post-program support, including job coaching, networking, and help with job placement.  http://vtworksforwomen.org/transitionaljobs/

Mentoring – Mercy Connections, Vermont Works for Women, and the Dept. of Corrections have partnered to create the Vermont Women’s Mentoring Program to support women making the transition from Vermont’s correctional facilities to Chittenden County. These women face significant barriers in finding appropriate and affordable housing and employment, overcoming substance abuse and establishing healthy relationships – all key elements of successful reintegration. Mentors can have a profound influence on supporting individual women as they work to rebuild their lives. http://vtworksforwomen.org/mentoring/

FRESH Food – A culinary training program that prepares underemployed women to work in commercial kitchens and restaurants. Over 13 weeks, trainees assist professional chefs in preparing 6,000 healthy, nutritious meals per month for local childcare centers throughout Chittenden County. As a member of the Vermont Fresh Network, FRESH Food collaborates with 25 Vermont farmers and vendors, locally sourcing about 30 percent of its food. http://freshfoodvt.org/

WORKSHOP: Strategies to Transform Peer Aggression Among Girls – An interactive, half-day workshop (held in locations throughout the state) that teaches educators, administrators, youth service providers, coaches, parents – all adults – how to identify, address, and prevent peer aggression among girls. http://vtworksforwomen.org/peer-aggression-workshops/

Programs for girls include:

Rosie’s Girls – A three-week summer day camp that helps build strong, confident girls through exploration of the skilled trades. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades get hands-on instruction in STEM-related activities, carpentry, welding and auto repair, and participate in art, games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered environment and emphasizes leadership, teamwork and healthy body image – with tons of fun woven in.  A place where girls can get their hands dirty, take positive risks and try something new.  http://rosiesgirls.org/

Dirt Divas – A one-week summer day camp that helps girls cultivate confidence, courage and leadership through outdoor adventure. Girls entering 6, 7 and 8th grades practice mountain bike skills and bicycle mechanics, as well as art, games, swimming and self-defense. It’s a safe, supportive, girl-centered atmosphere that emphasizes leadership, team-building and healthy body image – with lots of fun woven in.  A place where girls are encouraged to build strong bodies and minds in the beautiful Vermont outdoors.  http://vtworksforwomen.org/dirtdivas/

Women Can Do – A “roll up your sleeves” full-day career immersion conference about the skilled trades and STEM fields (science, engineering, technology and math) for high school girls across Vermont.  http://vtworksforwomen.org/womencando/

LEAD IN – A leadership development and career exploration program in Vermont that helps young women, ages 16-20, develop and strengthen their capacities and confidence, while exposing them to a range of career options they may never have considered. LEAD IN is designed and coordinated by Navicate and Vermont Works for Women. http://vtworksforwomen.org/leadin/

 

Pathways to Promising Careers

802-388-3355 ext. 239
mcclurevt.org/pathways/ 

This site is designed to inform Vermont students or graduates considering their career paths which careers show the most promise. It identifies 54 high-pay, high-demand jobs projected for the state. Each job pays a median wage of at least $20/hour and is projected to have at least 100 openings in the state between 2014 and 2024. Elements of the education and training pathways for each job can be obtained in Vermont. The promising jobs are categorized by their environments and the skills and interests they require.

 

Society of Women Engineers
SWE National Headquarters
203 N. La Salle Street, Suite 1675
Chicago, IL 60601

- North Country Chapter
http://ncountry.swe.org/contact-us.html

 

Vermont State Nurses Association
100 Dorset Street, #13
South Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 651-8886
http://www.vsna-inc.org/

Vermont State Nurses' Association, Inc. (VSNA) has been the voice of Vermont registered nurses since 1914. Through VSNA, registered nurses can be involved in the decisions that allow you to practice the profession of nursing: health care, practice, and workplace legislation; practice standards and ethics; workplace issues including occupational health and safety.

 

Creative Workforce Solutions
1-866-879-6757
http://cwsvt.com/

Creative Workforce Solutions offers a supported employment program that screens individuals, matching their abilities to job requirements. Applicants come from a range of educational backgrounds, from GEDs to PhDs, and often have years of skilled experience across a wide range of industries. Services are free of charge and include employee retention services, internships and workforce development.

Area Offices:

Barre
5 Perry Street, Suite 100
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 371-8081

Bennington
200 Veterans Memorial Drive, Suite 15
Bennington, VT 05701
(802) 343-4726

Brattleboro
28 Vernon Street
Bratttleboro, VT 05301
(802) 343-4771

Burlington
75 Talcott Road, Suite 70
(802) 343-4777

Middlebury
282 Boardman Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 343-4698

Morrisville
63 Professional Drive
Morrisville, VT 05661
(802) 793-8309

Newport
100 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 343-4770

Rutland
190 Asa Bloomer Bldg
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 342-8134

Springfield
100 Mineral Street
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 343-4729

St. Albans
20 Houghton Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 370-5023

St. Johnsbury
67 Eastern Avenue, Suite 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05855
(802) 424-6910

White River Junction
220 Holiday Drive
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 343-4772

 

Resource
266 Pine Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 658-4143
http://www.resourcevt.org/

Resource, formerly ReCycle North, is a non-profit organization with a 3-part mission to promote reuse, offer job-skills training, and provide poverty relief. ReCycle North targets waste, both material waste produced by a mobile and affluent sector of society and the waste of human potential due to unemployment, inadequate job skills and poor education.

 

Vermont Center for Independent Living
11 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
800-639-1522
http://www.vcil.org/

VCIL is a resource on the issue of pregnancy in the workplace since women are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  They have ADA and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) resources to share. Provides peer advocacy counseling which includes one-on-one support. By working with peer counselors, individuals with disabilities learn how to do their own problem solving and enhance their ability to advocate themselves.

VCIL is a New England ADA Center State Affiliate. Call 1-800-949-4232 of go to http://www.newenglandada.org/ with questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Montpelier:
11 East State Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 229-0501 / 800-639-1522
800-639-1522 (TTY)

Bennington:
P.O. Box 82
601 Main Street
Bennington,Vermont 05201
802-447-0574 (voice / TTY)
802-447-0001 (Videophone)

Brattleboro:
28 Vernon St., Suite 211
Brattleboro, VT 05301
802-254-6851 (voice / TTY)
866-552-8792 (Videophone)

Newport:
55 Seymour Lane, Suite 29
Newport, VT 05855
802-334-9000

Rutland:
1 Scale Ave., Suite 30
Rutland, VT 05701-4452
802-779-9021

Shelburne:
145 Pine Haven Shores Road, Suite 1137A
Shelburne, VT 05482
Sue Williams Freedom Fund: 802-985-9880
(voice / TTY) PAC Program: 802-985-9863
866-970-3107 Videophone

 

Vermont Associates for Training and Development
Main office:
142 North Main Street
PO Box 107
St. Albans, VT 05478
800-439-3307 / 802-524-3200
http://www.vermontassociates.org/

Help with self-assessments, skills training, placement, and job searches for income-eligible mature workers. There are ten offices across Vermont:

Barre/Montpelier
29 Main Street, Suite #5
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-0036

Bennington
VDOL Office
Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Suite 2
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 447-2877

Brattleboro
28 Vernon Street, Suite 431
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 254-9398

Burlington
VDOL Office
63 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401-4331
(802) 652-0367

Essex Junction
Lincoln Hall – 2nd Floor
Essex Junction, VT 05452
(802) 878-1542

Montpelier
29 Main Street, Suite #5
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 828-0036

Middlebury
(802) 771-9077

Newport
189 East Main Street, Suite D
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-7777

Rutland
VDOL Office
200 Asa Bloomer Building
88 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 282-4425

Springfield
VDOL Office
56 Main Street, Suite 101
Springfield, VT 05156
(802) 885-1431

St. Albans
142 North Main Street
PO Box 107
St. Albans, VT 05478-0107
(802) 524-3200

St. Johnsbury
459 Portland Street, Suite 103
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 748-8635

Swanton
40 Grand Avenue
Swanton, VT 05488
(802) 868-9965 / (802) 868-9990

 

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
Attn: Corps Member Application
1949 E. Main Street, Richmond VT 05477
http://www.vycc.org/

 

Craft Emergency Relief Fund: Artists’ Emergency Resources
http://www.studioprotector.org/
http://www.craftemergency.org/

The Craft Emergency Relief Fund provides an emergency preparation checklist and response. It also has an online guide with detailed information concerning tips, interviews with experts, and various articles on safety for artisans and crafters.

 

Vermont Green
Program of the Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc.
20 Gable Place
Barre, Vermont 05641
http://www.vtgreen.org/
(802) 477-5086

Vermont Green is a diverse statewide public-private partnership preparing workers for a variety of green jobs such as: energy-efficient construction and retrofit, renewable electric power, energy efficient and advanced drive train vehicles, recycling and waste reduction, or sustainable agriculture. For Vermont youth to age 22.

 

Vermont Bar Association, Women’s Section
P.O. Box 100
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 223-2020

Provides networking and referrals for women attorneys and addresses gender bias and women’s issues in the courtroom and under Vermont law.

 

Federally Employed Women (FEW)
New England Region:
P. O. Box 444
Farmington, NH 03835-0444
603-433-0560

National Office:
700 N. Fairfax Street #510
Alexandria, VA 22314
202-898-0994
http://www.few.org/

Federally Employed Women (FEW) is a non-profit membership organization working for the elimination of sexual harassment and the advancement of women in federal (and by extension, the private) sector. FEW holds an annual national training program, as well as regional and chapter training programs. Once an individual joins, the member connects to a far-reaching network touching almost every government agency in the country. Areas of focus include training, diversity, legislative, and compliance. Membership is open to anyone who supports the elimination of sexual harassment and barriers to employment advancement, regardless of employment in the public or private sector.

 

Dress for Success Burlington
95 St. Paul Street, Suite 110
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 861-2243
www.dressforsuccess.org/burlington

Dress for Success® Burlington is an affiliate member of Dress for Success Worldwide, an international not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Programs include:

Suiting Program
Job-ready women come to Dress for Success Burlington by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations. Each woman works one-on-one with a highly trained volunteer personal shopper who helps her select professional attire that includes a career appropriate clothing, cosmetics, footwear and accessories. After she finds work, she can return to Dress for Success Burlington for a full week’s worth of professional attire.

Career Center
Access to the Career Center is by walk-in or referral and not only assists women when searching for a job but also provides one-on-one career consultation, tips for enhancing their resume and cover letter, assistance with advancing in their careers, and opportunities to attend specialized workshops and trainings. Through the Career Center, women have access to our job preparedness program: Paving the Way Forward (PWF), which helps unemployed and under-employed women gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence through weekly training sessions, one-on-one career coaching and networking in a supportive environment. The ultimate goal of the program is to help participants gain employment or make significant progress on their path toward employment

 

Senior Community Service Employment Program of Central Vermont Community Action
20 Gable Place
Barre, VT 05641
800-639-1053 / (802) 479-1053
http://www.cvcac.org/

Promotes part-time work and training opportunities for Vermonters who are 55 years of age or older. Senior employment coordinators match interested persons with positions in community service organizations.

 

American Association of Retired Persons
Women’s Initiative and Worker Equity Department
1909 K Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20049
800-424-3410
http://www.aarp.org/

Promotes the independence and dignity of older adults and provides opportunities for community service.

Pay Equity Resources

National Committee on Pay Equity
555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-331-7343
http://www.pay-equity.org/

The National Committee on Pay Equity is a national membership coalition of over 180 organizations including labor unions, women’s and civil rights organizations, religious, professional, education and legal associations, commissions on women, state and local pay equity coalitions, and individual women and men working to eliminate sex and race based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

 
Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor
When the Equal Pay Act was signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today's jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial well-being of their families, they are still experiencing a gap in pay compared to men's wages for similar work. Today, women earn about 80 cents on the dollar compared to men — a gap that results in the loss of about $380,000 over a woman's career. For African-American women and Latinas, the pay gap is even greater. For more information on Equal Pay, including fact sheets, guides for workers and employers, tools, resources and recently announced Apps, link to the Equal Pay site at the U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau: http://www.dol.gov/equalpay

Boston Regional Office (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont):
J.F.K. Federal Building, Room E-270
Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
800-518-3585 / 617-565-1988

National Office:
200 Constitution Avenue, NW - Room No. S-3002
Washington, DC 20210
800-827-5335 / 202-693-6710
http://www.dol.gov/wb/

The U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, established by Congress in 1920, is the only federal agency mandated to represent the needs of wage-earning women in the public policy process. For 80 years, it has been meeting that mandate -- identifying the issues working women care about most and vigorously pioneering research and remedies to address them. Information available on negotiating better wages, filing complaints against discriminatory employers, etc.

 
Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor
Manchester New Hampshire District Office:

US Dept. of Labor, ESA Wage & Hour Division
2 Wall Street, 1st Floor
Manchester, NH 03101-1518
603-666-7716

National Office:
202-219-8211
http://www.dol.gov/wb/

Administers the wage, hour and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as several other programs covering prevailing wages for government contracts and farm labor, family and medical leave, immigration and Polygraph testing.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs of the U.S. Department of Labor
www.dol.gov/ofccp
Regional Office:
201 Varick Street, Room 750
New York, New York, 10014
(646) 264-3170

Protects workers by enforcing the legal requirements that federal contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action and provide equal opportunity in the workplace.

 

Working Families.com
http://www.working-families.org/

The AFL-CIO Internet community, with a multitude of services and links to help put the web to work for your working family.

 

Wage Project: Salary Calculator
http://wageproject.salary.com/

This salary calculator determines salary ranges for various professions based on geographic location in the United States. Use it to compare your salary or negotiate for a better one.

 

American Association of University Women: The Simple Truth About the Pay Gap
http://www.aauw.org/issues/economic-justice/

The Simple Truth About the Pay Gap provides essential facts about the gender pay gap in the United States and provides explanations and resource.

 

Parenting in the Workplace Institute
2223 S. Highland Drive #E6-168
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
http://www.parentingatwork.org/

A not-for-profit organization advocating implementation of babies-at-work programs.

 

From VCW's Vermont Equal Pay Compact:
Resources to Understand the Wage Gap

TRAINING AND TOOLS

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. The EEOC also works to prevent discrimination before it occurs through outreach, education and technical assistance programs. The EEOC has issued a brief summary of federal pay discrimination laws as well as detailed (43-page) legal guidance. Call the EEOC’s Office of Legal Counsel with questions about private sector employers at (202) 663-4691, and direct questions about federal employment to EEOC attorneys at (202) 663-4599. Some helpful links include:
EEOC's Compliance Manual Chapter on Compensation Discrimination
EEOC’s Regulations on Sex Discrimination
EEOC’s Equal Pay Act Regulations
EEOC’s Equal Pay Act Regulations (Procedural)

 

Civil Rights Division of the Vermont Attorney General's Office
The Civil Rights Unit is responsible for enforcing state laws which prohibit discrimination in employment. These include laws which prohibit discrimination based on gender. Staff can answer employer questions may be able to provide training and technical assistance. The Attorney General’s Office does not handle discrimination claims against state government. Those discrimination claims are handled by the Vermont Human Rights Commission or the Equal Opportunity Commission.

 

Vermont Human Rights Commission
The Vermont Human Rights Commission has jurisdiction over allegations of unlawful discrimination in housing, places of public accommodation and in state employment. Staff can provide trainings throughout the state. The charge for training covers only the costs of time and materials. For more information or to set up a training, please call (802) 828-1625.

 

Vermont Commission on Women (VCW)
VCW is an independent non-partisan state commission founded in 1964 and dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont. Equal pay has been part of the work of VCW since its inception and most recently it took part in a diverse stakeholders group which discussed and debated the new equal pay law, which went into effect in January 2014. These flyers are part of a public information campaign to educate both employers and workers in Vermont about their rights and responsibilities under this new law, which includes the right to request flexible working arrangements, the first of its kind in the U.S. The flyer targeted to employers features an equal pay audit - a checklist to help employers review fair pay policy and procedures, and also case studies illustrating how Vermont businesses implement flexible working arrangements. VCW’s flyer also provides resources on wage disclosure laws, pregnant worker’s rights, lactation accommodations, anti-retaliation protection, and information concerning family and medical leave.
Read Important Workplace Laws Vermont Workers Should Know (PDF, 167 KB)
Read Important Workplace Laws Vermont Employers Should Know (PDF, 196 KB)

 

United States Department of Labor
Employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 are required to maintain records on every employee’s age, gender, occupation, wage rate, hours worked, overtime, additions or deductions to wages and total wages paid each period. The FLSA applies to employers with at least two employees and annual sales or business of at least $500,000. This suggests that many employers have the data necessary to conduct internal wage equity analysis. Learn More about the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The equal pay provisions of the FLSA prohibit sex-based wage differentials between men and women employed in the same establishment who perform jobs that require equal skill, effort, and responsibility and which are performed under similar working conditions. These provisions, as well as other statutes prohibiting discrimination in employment, are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

 

Business and Professional Women
Employers and employees can use the Business and Professional Women Foundation's Equal Pay Audit to protect your workplace against pay equity violations. Additionally, Business of Professional Women Vermont works with employers throughout the state to build successful workplaces through education, research, knowledge and policy.

 

U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau: An Employer’s Guide to Equal Pay
A Guide to Women's Equal Pay Rights is designed to help working women understand their rights under certain laws, which govern equal pay and compensation. The Women’s Bureau offers this guide to its numerous publications regarding legal protections and policies involving the interests of working women.

 

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP)
The OFCCP offers employers with federal contracts step-by-step guidelines on how to comply with equal pay laws.

 

Boston: Closing the Wage Gap
Boston Women’s Workforce Council
This report outlines the Boston Women’s Workforce Council’s recommendations to employers to help close the wage gap between working men and women. The work of the Council inspired Vermont’s Equal Pay Compact and with permission we’ve adapted many of the materials and tools from this informative report. The Council’s mission is to help transform Boston into the best city in the country for working women. Members of the Council represent the financial, engineering, medical, law, technology and retail sectors, and include small business owners, entrepreneurs, senior executives, as well as academic, labor and nonprofit leaders.

 

American Association of University Women’s Pay Equity Resource Kit
This organization offers research, reports and tools around pay equity issues. This Resource Kit is a resource for education and advocacy on equal pay.

 

Vermont Department of Labor's Economic and Labor Market Information
Find Vermont-based statistics and data on employment, unemployment, industries, occupations, wages, income and more.

 

People Development Team
The People Development Team is a global training organization that offers interactive classroom workshops and e-learning modules on unconscious bias for the public and private sectors.

 

Center for Work-Life Law, Hastings College of Law
Educates the public on family responsibility discrimination and provides helpful tools and support systems for employers to incorporate work-life balance in the workplace.

 

When Work Works
When Work Works, a joint project of the Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), looks at workplace effectiveness and flexibility including: research, flex tips for companies and supervisors, and employer best practices that benefit both business and employees.

 

Changing Companies' Minds About Women
Barsh, Joanna & Yee, Lareina; McKinsey&Company
This article provides information for business leaders who are serious about getting more women into senior management and overcoming the invisible barriers holding them back. Strategies include ensuring that women are considered for advancement, the rigorous application of data in performance dialogues to overcome problematic mind-sets, and cultivating genuine support for women in the workforce.

 

Making Mentoring Work
Dinolfo, Sarah & Nugent, Julie S.; Catalyst;
Making Mentoring Work offers insights gathered from years of Catalyst work and expertise in this area to help organizations maximize their mentoring efforts. This mentoring guide provides data and information, assessment checklists for you to rate your efforts, and strategies to help you augment your efforts in the form of real-life Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) practices and concrete strategic tools and samples.

 

The Labor Project for Working Families
The Labor Project website provides flexible workplace and work-life balance resource guides and training material for employers.

 

National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology & Science (IWITTS)
IWITTS is a national organization that provides tools to educational institutions, police departments, employers, and women and girls themselves to help successfully integrate women into non-traditional and male-dominated careers -- such as technology and law enforcement -- via trainings, publications, products, e-strategies, and research projects.

 

Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program
The Program is a research, policy and training center affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government that seeks to close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education. It provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities, and identifies successful interventions and measures their impact on women, men, and society.

 

WORKPLACE ASSESSMENTS AND EVALUATIONS

National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE)
Founded in 1979, NCPE is a coalition of women's and civil rights organizations; labor unions; religious, professional, legal, and educational associations, commissions on women, state and local pay equity coalitions and individuals working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity. NCPE's website offers many resources including research studies, articles, and charts related to the wage gap.

 

The Wage Project
The WAGE Project is a nonprofit established to end discrimination against women particular to decrease in the gender pay gap. This salary calculator determines salary ranges for various professions based on geographic location in the United States.

 

U.S. Department of Labor, Women's Bureau: An Employer’s Guide to Equal Pay
A Guide to Women's Equal Pay Rights is designed to help working women understand their rights under certain laws, which govern equal pay and compensation.

 

Vermont Commission on Women
VCW is an independent non-partisan state commission founded in 1964 and dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont. Equal pay has been part of the work of VCW since its inception and most recently it took part in a diverse stakeholders group which discussed and debated the new equal pay law, which went into effect in January 2014. These flyers are part of a public information campaign to educate both employers and workers in Vermont about their rights and responsibilities under this new law, which includes the right to request flexible working arrangements, the first of its kind in the U.S.. The flyer targeted to employers features an equal pay audit - a checklist to help employers review fair pay policy and procedures, and also case studies illustrating how Vermont businesses implement flexible working arrangements. VCW’s flyer also provides resources on wage disclosure laws, pregnant worker’s rights, lactation accommodations, anti-retaliation protection, and information concerning family and medical leave.
Read Important Workplace Laws Vermont Workers Should Know (PDF, 167 KB)
Read Important Workplace Laws Vermont Employers Should Know (PDF, 196 KB)

 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. The EEOC also works to prevent discrimination before it occurs through outreach, education and technical assistance programs. The EEOC has issued a brief summary of federal pay discrimination laws as well as detailed (43-page) legal guidance. Call the EEOC’s Office of Legal Counsel with questions about private sector employers at (202) 663-4691, and direct questions about federal employment to EEOC attorneys at (202) 663-4599. Some helpful links include:
EEOC's Compliance Manual Chapter on Compensation Discrimination
EEOC’s Regulations on Sex Discrimination
EEOC’s Equal Pay Act Regulations
EEOC’s Equal Pay Act Regulations (Procedural)

 

Boston: Closing the Wage Gap
Boston Women’s Workforce Council
This report outlines the Boston Women’s Workforce Council’s recommendations to employers to help close the wage gap between working men and women. The work of the Council inspired Vermont’s Equal Pay Compact and with permission we’ve adapted many of the materials and tools from this informative report. The Council’s mission is to help transform Boston into the best city in the country for working women. Members of the Council represent the financial, engineering, medical, law, technology and retail sectors, and include small business owners, entrepreneurs, senior executives, as well as academic, labor and nonprofit leaders.

 

Making Mentoring Work
Dinolfo, Sarah & Nugent, Julie S.; Catalyst;
Making Mentoring Work offers insights gathered from years of Catalyst work and expertise in this area to help organizations maximize their mentoring efforts. This mentoring guide provides data and information, assessment checklists for you to rate your efforts, and strategies to help you augment your efforts in the form of real-life Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) practices and concrete strategic tools and samples.

 

RESEARCH AND REPORTS

National Partnership for Women & Families
Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Their Workplace Fairness Page contains information about the wage gap.

 

Vermont Commission on Women
VCW is an independent non-partisan state commission founded in 1964 and dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont. Equal pay has been part of the work of VCW since its inception and most recently it took part in a diverse stakeholders group which discussed and debated the new equal pay law, which went into effect in January 2014. These flyers are part of a public information campaign to educate both employers and workers in Vermont about their rights and responsibilities under this new law, which includes the right to request flexible working arrangements, the first of its kind in the U.S.. The flyer targeted to employers features an equal pay audit - a checklist to help employers review fair pay policy and procedures, and also case studies illustrating how Vermont businesses implement flexible working arrangements. VCW’s flyer also provides resources on wage disclosure laws, pregnant worker’s rights, lactation accommodations, anti-retaliation protection, and information concerning family and medical leave.
Read Important Workplace Laws Vermont Workers Should Know (PDF, 167 KB)
Read Important Workplace Laws Vermont Employers Should Know (PDF, 196 KB)

 

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits. The EEOC also works to prevent discrimination before it occurs through outreach, education and technical assistance programs. The EEOC has issued a brief summary of federal pay discrimination laws as well as detailed (43-page) legal guidance. Call the EEOC’s Office of Legal Counsel with questions about private sector employers at (202) 663-4691, and direct questions about federal employment to EEOC attorneys at (202) 663-4599. Some helpful links include:
EEOC's Compliance Manual Chapter on Compensation Discrimination
EEOC’s Regulations on Sex Discrimination
EEOC’s Equal Pay Act Regulations
EEOC’s Equal Pay Act Regulations (Procedural)

 

Boston: Closing the Wage Gap
Boston Women’s Workforce Council
This report outlines the Boston Women’s Workforce Council’s recommendations to employers to help close the wage gap between working men and women. The work of the Council inspired Vermont’s Equal Pay Compact and with permission we’ve adapted many of the materials and tools from this informative report. The Council’s mission is to help transform Boston into the best city in the country for working women. Members of the Council represent the financial, engineering, medical, law, technology and retail sectors, and include small business owners, entrepreneurs, senior executives, as well as academic, labor and nonprofit leaders.

 

Flexibility for Success: How Workplace Flexibility Policies Benefit All Workers and Employees
National Partnership for Women & Families
This paper addresses the needs of lower-wage workers for flexibility in the workplace. They face significant challenges, including unpredictable work schedules, inflexible work hours, no access to paid sick time, and little or no paid family leave.

 

Taking Care of Business: The Business Benefits of Paid Leave
National Partnership for Women & Families
This short report details the business benefits, including reduced absenteeism, and higher retention rates, of providing employees with paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

 

Taking a Positive Approach to an Employee's Maternity Leave
Ryckman, Pamela; NYTimes
This article focuses on helping companies see maternity leave as a potential 'win-win,' rather than a loss or challenge to the company. In particular, challenges small businesses face when employees take maternity leave are mentioned as well as suggestions on how to deal with temporary employee vacancies and the fear that an employee will choose to stay at home after their child's birth.

 

The Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College
The website provides reports and publications on research findings concentrating on aging and work, and flexible work options.

 

The Business Case for Women: Quantifying the Economic Value of Diversity
The Council of Women World Leaders hosted the Closing the Global Gender Gap: The Business Case Conference for Organizations, Politics, and Society, which brought together academics, executives, and world leaders to disseminate and analyze research that proves including women at the top levels of organizations is not only the right thing to do, it is also good business. This research compendium brings together many documents referenced at the Conference, and provides a compelling case for closing the global gender gap in organizations, politics, and society.

 

Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program
The Program is a research, policy and training center affiliated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government that seeks to close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education. It provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities, and identifies successful interventions and measures their impact on women, men, and society.

 

Women at the Top: How Women at the Top Elevate the Bottom Line
Subcommittee on Women; U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy
A survey of the available studies on the economic value of women in leadership positions in corporations and organizations. This report includes a summary of insights and recommendations from these studies, several examples of organizations with best practices, and suggestions for moving forward.

 

The Gender Dividend: Making the Business Case for Investing in Women
Greg Pellegrino, Sally D'Amato, and Anne Weisberg; Deloitte
This paper discusses how by acknowledging and investing in women, businesses can yield a significant return-a return known as the gender dividend. This report lays out the rationale behind why governments and organizations must look to women as key to their economic growth.

 

The Great Debate: Flexibility vs. Face Time
Beninger, Carter; Catalyst
In this report, Catalyst details why employers need to learn to trust their employees to get the job done and not be so concerned about when and where the work is completed as long as deadlines are met.

 

The New Dad: Exploring Fatherhood within a Career Context
Prof. Brad Harrington, Fred Van Deusen, and Prof. Jamie Ladge; Boston College Center for Work and Family
While gender inequity has adversely affected women in many ways in the workplace, it has also made it difficult for men to be recognized as equal contributors as parents by their employers. This study attempts to view and understand the experience of today's working fathers in their roles both as worker and parent.

 

Women Create a Sustainable Future
Kellie A. McElhaney & Sanaz Mobasseri UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
This paper sets out to identify the relationships between women board directors and corporate sustainability.

 

Families and Work Institute
FWI is a nonprofit research center. The website looks at five main research areas: workforce/workplace, parenting, education, care, and communities.

 

Center for Work-Life Law, Hastings College of Law
Educates the public on family responsibility discrimination and provides helpful tools and support systems for employers to incorporate work-life balance in the workplace.

 

Gender Equality Principles
Tools for employers to assess themselves against seven gender equality principles, including employment and compensation. Many of the resources in this listing are courtsey of the Gender Equality Principles Initiative, a public-private collaborative formed by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Calvert, and Verité.