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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

On June 6, 2022, Governor Scott signed Act 183 (S.11), which creates a broad array of economic expansion and workforce training & development initiatives within Vermont.

Act 183 includes a $15.18 million ARPA-funded grant program to reimburse Vermont employers, including municipalities, for a certain amount of the costs of providing COVID-19-related paid leave to their employees or to retroactively pay to cover the cost of retroactively paying employees who took unpaid leave for COVID-19-related reasons. This grant program applies to leave that falls between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

COVID-19-related reasons for leave as defined in Act 183 are:

  1. Self-isolating because the employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19.
  2. Self-isolating pursuant to the recommendation of a health care provider or a State or federal public health official because the employee has been exposed to COVID-19 or the employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. Caring for a parent, grandparent, spouse, child, sibling, parent-in-law, grandchild, or foster child because:
    1. the school or place of care where that individual is normally located during the employee’s workday is closed due to COVID-19;
    2. that individual has been requested not to attend the school or place of care where that individual is normally located during the employee’s workday due to COVID-19;
    3. that individual has been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19; or
    4. that individual is self-isolating pursuant to the recommendation of a health care provider or a State or federal public health official because that individual has been exposed to or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  4. Attending an appointment for the employee or the employee’s parent, grandparent, spouse, child, sibling, parent-in-law, grandchild, or foster child to receive a vaccine or vaccine booster for protection against COVID-19.
  5. Experiencing symptoms, or caring for a parent, grandparent, spouse, child, sibling, parent-in-law, grandchild, or foster child who is experiencing symptoms, related to a vaccine or a vaccine booster for protection against COVID-19.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding, The term “spouse” in the list above includes civil union partners and domestic partners.

The Commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation has been charged with overseeing this program.

  • Employers may apply just once per quarter beginning October 1, 2022 and ending September 30, 2023.
  • The maximum number of employee leave hours reimbursed is limited to the lesser of 40 hours per employee or the employee’s average weekly hours over the prior six months.
  • There is also a per hour maximum of $21.25 with an aggregate limit of $850 per employee.

Further details about the application, certification, and reporting processes will be forthcoming.