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Workers' Compensation: Vermont

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nicole Farley, Fisher Phillips.


  • All Vermont employers covered by the Vermont Workers' Compensation Act are required to post specific notices in the workplace. See Notice Requirements.
  • Workers' Compensation is the exclusive remedy for personal injury, illness or death of an employee from a work accident or occupational disease in Vermont. All employers, with few exceptions, are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. See Covered Employers.
  • Nearly all employees are covered by workers' compensation, with a few notable exceptions. See Covered Employees.
  • Injuries and occupational illnesses arising out of and in the course of employment are compensable. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Employers may not be liable for certain injuries incurred under specific circumstances. See Employer Defenses to Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Workers' compensation pays for all medical and surgical costs due to work-related injury or illness. See Medical Benefits.
  • In addition to paying medical costs, workers' compensation pays for wage replacement and other benefits. See Other Benefits.
  • Employers may not refuse to hire someone who has filed a workers' compensation claim. See Retaliation and Interference.
  • Mediation may be required to resolve certain workers' compensation disputes. See Claims Procedure.