News Release — Vermont Commission on Women
December 6, 2013
Lilly Talbert, Communications and Program Coordinator
(Montpelier) – Today, the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) released flyers to educate Vermonters about workplace laws.
The Commission, an independent non-partisan state commission dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women in Vermont, was part of a diverse stakeholders group of representatives from state government, business, law, and labor, economists and legislators facilitated by the Attorney General’s office which discussed and debated the equal pay law, passed this spring. 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. The information includes other protections of interest to working women.
Starting in January 2014, workers in Vermont will have the right to request flexible working arrangements without fear of retaliation. Those intermediate or long-term changes might include working from home, changes in the number of days or hours worked, changes in work arrival or departure times or job-sharing. Employers must discuss and consider such requests at least twice per calendar year. VCW’s Executive Director, Cary Brown, in support of this provision stated, “This law makes Vermont the first state in the country to guarantee employees’ right to request flexible working arrangements, supporting both men’s and women’s participation in work and family responsibilities.”
Other information incorporated includes 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. 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. The flyer targeted to workers includes a section on what to do if you suspect pay discrimination. Each flyer includes additional resources to learn more or get help.
To read the flyers click here.