In response to a procedural move by Rep. Chris Pearson, P-Burlington, the House speaker said: “It is true that bills that impact the revenues to the state … have traditionally gone to the Ways and Means Committee.”
The House Committee on Commerce has worked for two years to find the balance between people who really are independent businesses and those who really are employees.
A procedural move means that H.867 will head straight to the House floor for debate — avoiding the typical lawmaking process and sidestepping the power of the House speaker to delay it further.
Instead of settling for a Vermont that’s a great place to live if you can afford to live here, we should be striving to be a great place to live that is also a great place to earn a living.
The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development will not take any more testimony this year on the controversial bill regarding the definition of independent contractors. The committee spent most of its committee time this year trying to work out disagreements between business lobbyists and labor unions on H.867. The committee made a last-ditch attempt […]
House Speaker Shap Smith said the only political maneuvering to keep the bill’s language alive would be to tack it onto legislation that already passed the Senate.
The committee that unanimously passed a bill that would change Vermont’s laws on independent contractors will spend the week wading through labor-friendly amendments. The House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development is scheduled to take testimony this week on at least four amendments to H.867, the independent contractor bill that has been delayed three times […]
The House of Representatives has put off the floor vote on one controversial bill for the third time this month. The vote on H.867, a bill that would change Vermont’s legal definitions of an independent contractor versus an employee, was scheduled for March 17, then anticipated on March 29 and scheduled for March 31, before […]
H.867 would be a major step towards defining Vermont's workforce of the future.
The vote on H.867 has been delayed a second time until March 31. The core point of tension is what experts call the “like work” or “nature of the business” provision of Vermont employment law.
H.867 would revise Vermont’s statutes that define what makes workers independent contractors versus employees. Opponents say it would court labor abuses in which companies misclassify employees to avoid paying benefits.