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Involuntary Terminations: Vermont

Involuntary Terminations requirements for other states

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

Author: Wanda I. Otero, Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP


  • Vermont courts utilize a specific definition of "just cause" in order to evaluate employment contracts which contain procedures for termination or guarantees that employees will not be terminated absent just cause. See Terminations for Cause.
  • Vermont provides statutory whistleblower protection, but only for a specific category of employees. See Whistleblower Legislation.
  • Vermont has its own "mini-WARN" statute, which creates state-level thresholds for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notifications pertaining to mass layoffs and business closings. See Vermont WARN.
  • Vermont's Occupational Health and Safety Act (VOSHA) prohibits discharge or discrimination against employees who report violations or exercise any rights provided to them by VOSHA. See Vermont Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Vermont provides special protections for employees in the Reserves or National Guard Service. See Reserve and National Guard Service.