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Title 21 : Labor



(Cite as: 21 V.S.A. § 415)
  • § 415. Violations

    (a) An employer who violates subsection 413(b) or 414(b) of this subchapter is liable to each employee who lost his or her employment for:

    (1) one day of severance pay for each day after the first day in the 45-day notice period required in subsection 413(b) of this subchapter, up to a maximum of ten days' severance pay; and

    (2) the continuation, not to exceed one month after an employment loss, of existing medical or dental coverage under an employment benefit plan, if any, necessary to cover any delay in an employee's eligibility for obtaining alternative coverage resulting directly from the employer's violation of notice requirements.

    (b) The amount of an employer's liability under subsection (a) of this section shall be reduced by the following:

    (1) any voluntary and unconditional payments made by the employer to the employee that were not required to satisfy any legal obligation;

    (2) any payments by the employer to a third party or trustee, such as premiums for health benefits or payments to a defined contribution pension plan, on behalf of and attributable to the employee for the period of the violation; and

    (3) any liability paid by the employer under any applicable federal law governing notification of mass layoffs, business closings, or relocations.

    (c) If an employer proves to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that the act or omission that violated this subchapter was in good faith, the Commissioner may reduce the amount of liability provided for in this section. In determining the amount of such a reduction, the Commissioner shall consider any efforts by the employer to mitigate the violation.

    (d) If, after an administrative hearing, the Commissioner determines that an employer has violated any of the requirements of this subchapter, the Commissioner shall issue an order including any penalties assessed by the Commissioner under this section and section 417 of this subchapter. The employer may appeal a decision of the Commissioner to the Superior Court within 30 days of the date of the Commissioner's order. (Added 2013, No. 125 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. Jan. 15, 2015.)