Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Vermont
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Wanda I. Otero, Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP
- Vermont is an employment at-will state. The fact that an employee signs an acknowledgment when they receive a handbook does not create a contract of employment. However, it is important for employers to be careful about the content of handbooks. See At-Will Nature of Employment.
- Vermont law bans smoking in the workplace. Vermont also allows drug and alcohol testing by employers under certain circumstances. Although Vermont has a medical marijuana law, employees are not exempt from arrest and prosecution for using or being under the influence of marijuana on the job, even for therapeutic purposes. See Rules Prohibiting Smoking, Alcohol and Drug Use in the Workplace
- Vermont recognizes the right of nursing mothers to express breast milk in the workplace in a reasonably private space. See Nursing Mothers.
- Vermont employers may establish dress codes for employees, provided they do not violate any of the state's laws prohibiting discrimination. See Work Rules Regulating Employee Dress, Grooming and Personal Appearance.
- Vermont requires payment of wages on a weekly basis, with certain exceptions. See Work Rules Regarding Employee Work Schedules and Attendance.
- Vermont law protects employees who have to miss work for certain reasons, such as military duty, jury duty or legislative leave. See Work Rules Regarding Employee Work Schedules and Attendance.