This year, several state and federal employment laws and regulations that affect Vermont municipalities were changed. There are now new requirements regarding sexual harassment, protections for crime victims, gender-neutral bathrooms, and marijuana in the workplace. Our special guest from the State and Local Legal Center in Washington, D.C., will describe implications of the Janus v. AFSCME decision by the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the status of current and anticipated changes at the federal level. Municipal officials with supervisory roles including department heads, selectboard members, town managers and administrators, and municipal officials involved in human resources management and administration are encouraged to attend.
8:30 Registration Opens (light breakfast provided)
9:00 Welcome and Overview of the Day, Abby Friedman
9:05 Vermont Employment Law Update and Preview of 2019 Legislative Session
This year, the Vermont Legislature enacted several employment laws that affect municipal employers, including sexual harassment (H.707/Act 183), prohibiting salary history inquiries (H.294/Act 126), employment protections for crime victims (H.711/Act 184), gender-neutral bathrooms (H.333/Act 127), and marijuana in the workplace (H.511/Act 86). Our speakers will summarize the laws and compliance implications for municipal supervisors, and will offer a preview of the upcoming legislative session. They will also review guidance and resources available from the state.
Speakers: Emily Chamberlain Adams, Assistant Attorney General, Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Ben Traverse, Attorney, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, Burlington, Vt.
10:30 Vermont Employment Law Update and Preview - continued
11:30 Human Resources Consultation Program Update
Speaker: Jill Muhr, Human Resources Consultant, VLCT
12:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00 Fair Labor Standards Act Compliance – How to Avoid Costly Mistakes
Compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can be complicated, and many employers unintentionally violate the law with common mistakes such as failing to properly pay employees for hours worked, incorrectly computing overtime, or misapplying overtime exemptions. In this session, we will discuss some of the most common FSLA pitfalls and errors, how to avoid these costly mistakes, and options for correcting unintentional underpayment.
Speaker: Steven J. McKinney, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor, Manchester, N.H.
2:00 Recent U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Cases Relevant To Municipal Employers
In this session, our special guest speaker will review national level court decisions as well as implications for Vermont municipalities. Recent decisions, such as the Janus v. AFSCME case, have led to litigation and confusion. In addition to summarizing relevant cases, she will discuss employment issues of interest currently in the federal courts and possibly heading to the Supreme Court. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to learn about recent legal changes at the national level and to discuss what may be on the horizon.
Speaker: Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.
3:30 Workshop Conclusion and Completion of Evaluations