Blog Posts from Labor & Employment

Vermont Bankruptcy Court Clarifies

Vermont Bankruptcy Court Clarifies "Separate Transaction" and Dismisses Involuntary Petition

Jun 15, 2022
The firm Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer is pleased to announce that Attorneys Alexandra Edelman and Ryan Long successfully moved to dismiss an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed by creditors against Koffee Kup Bakery, Inc. The success was highlighted in a May issue of the ABI Journal, the publication of the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Firm Secures Victory Against Claim for Unpaid Overtime Wages

Firm Secures Victory Against Claim for Unpaid Overtime Wages

May 24, 2022
The firm Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer is pleased to announce that it secured a significant victory before the Vermont Supreme Court for one of its bank clients against a former employee claiming unpaid overtime wages. In a lengthy and robust decision, the Supreme Court noted that the question presented on appeal “appears to be a matter of national first impression.” In closely examining the overtime requirements set forth in the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act, followed by the State of Vermont, the Supreme Court agreed with the lower court’s conclusion that the bank’s method for calculating commissions that included deductions for wages already paid complied with the law so long as it met the minimum wage and overtime thresholds.
Time Off: What's Required, What's Not, and Putting It All Together

Time Off: What's Required, What's Not, and Putting It All Together

Jan 26, 2022
Are you confused by your employer obligations to provide your employees with time off? What happens when an employee misses time for a work-related injury, or when FMLA is used up? Are my remote employees working in other states entitled to the same leaves as my Vermont employees? When is a personal leave of absence appropriate? How does the ADA factor in? Join us for an opportunity to learn or fine-tune your understanding of the interaction between statutory leaves and your own organizational leave policies. This session will provide you with the tools to strategically evaluate your leave practices for compliance and alignment with your company culture, and to appropriately discern and respond to workplace leave situations.
COVID-19 and the Workplace - a Legal Perspective

COVID-19 and the Workplace - a Legal Perspective

Jan 11, 2022
Join attorneys Alexandra Clauss and Ben Traverse on Wednesday, January 19th via Zoom for a discussion of workplace best practices and an opportunity to ask your questions regarding the ever-changing environment.
COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace Forum

COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace Forum

Apr 19, 2021
On Thursday, April 29, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center hosts a forum regarding COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace. Are you considering requiring or encouraging workers to get the vaccine? Are you wondering, can this legally happen? What's allowed, and what are the limits? What are the HR and legal challenges?
2021 in the Workplace: COVID and Beyond

2021 in the Workplace: COVID and Beyond

Apr 14, 2021
On Thursday, April 29, 2021 Alexandra Clauss and Sarah Butson will present at the Green Mountain Human Resources Association Meeting.
COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Considerations for Employers and HR Professionals

COVID-19 Vaccine Policy Considerations for Employers and HR Professionals

Mar 12, 2021
In December, we saw the vaccine rollout begin in the U.S. and abroad, which inevitably led to a flood of questions about the best practices regarding mandatory vaccine policies. In this post is a list of considerations for employers and HR professionals who are contemplating a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine policy for their workplace.
Updated OSHA COVID-19 Protocols

Updated OSHA COVID-19 Protocols

Mar 08, 2021
The Secretary of Labor has reviewed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) enforcement efforts to improve the agency’s practices. As a result of this order, on January 29, 2021, OSHA issued updated COVID-19 protocol.
Employment Law Considerations for Startups and Growing Business

Employment Law Considerations for Startups and Growing Business

Feb 24, 2021
Join Alexandra Clauss for a workshop with the Centers for Women in Enterprise VT to explore the numerous employment laws and human resources considerations relevant to startups and growing businesses.
Welcome Associate Attorneys Sarah Butson and Mary Elizabeth Platt

Welcome Associate Attorneys Sarah Butson and Mary Elizabeth Platt

Feb 12, 2021
We are expanding our employment law and healthcare practices with two new associates, Sarah Butson and Mary Elizabeth Platt. Mary Beth and Sarah will work with their teams at our Burlington, Vermont office.