Vermont Wage and Hour Laws

Putting in a 40-hour work week takes its toll. Working more than that deserves proper compensation. Vermont wage and hour laws make sure that employers within the Green Mountain State follow minimum wage and overtime rates so that employees receive proper payment and protection during their employment. This is a quick summary of the wage and hour laws in Vermont.

Acceptable Pay Rates Under Vermont Wage and Hour Laws

On January 1, 2018, Vermont's minimum wage increased to $10.50 per hour. However, if the minimum wage rate established by the U.S. Government is greater than the rate established by Vermont for any year, the Vermont minimum wage rate will be the rate established by the U.S. Government.

The following table outlines the specifics of Vermont wage and hour laws.

Code Section

21 V.S.A. §384: Employment; Wages

Minimum Wage

Under Vermont minimum wage laws, an employer shall not employ an employee at a rate of less than $10.50 per hour. 

Overtime Pay

According to Vermont hour laws, an employer must pay an employee a minimum of one and one-half times the regular wage rate for any work done by the employee in excess of 40 hours during a workweek. However, the following industries are exempt from this rule.

  • Retail or service establishments;

  • Hotels, motels or restaurants;

  • State and political subdivisions of the state;

  • Certain amusement or recreational establishments; and

  • Certain employees engaged in transportation.

Penalties

Any employer who pays, permits to be paid, or agrees to pay any employee less than the minimum wage dictated by Vermont wage and hour laws will be fined up to $100.00 for each day the employee is paid less than the rate required.

Civil Actions

If any employee is paid by an employer less than the minimum wage rate, the employee can recover twice the amount of the minimum wage less any amount actually paid by the employer, plus any costs and reasonable attorney fees.

Fully understanding your rights under the Vermont wage and hour laws can be difficult. If you would like legal assistance with this employment issue, you can contact a Vermont wage and hour lawyer through FindLaw. Visit FindLaw's sections on wage and hour laws for more articles and information on this topic.

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