EMPLOYER RESOURCE GUIDE
Whether you are a small business owner or a human resources professional, this reference guide will provide the tools and resources necessary to support the recruitment, training and retention of your workforce. As well as having a reputation for its natural beauty and undisturbed nature, the Northeast Kingdom is known for its hard-working, dedicated and loyal workers.
It all starts with finding the right people who fit your company or organization, workers who come to you with the necessary skill sets or have the ability learn those skills. We have tried to include as many state and local resources as we can find, but please continue to check back, as we will continue to add links and assistance in this guide. If you have any questions after reading this guide, contact information can be found at the end of the piece
If you are looking to find links to state and regional resources that will assist you in reaching job applicants, please check out these resources below:
- Post A Job/Find An Employee – If you are an employer and are looking for employees, this is a good place to start, by posting the particular position you would like on the Vermont Department of Labor web site.
- Vermont Job Link – This is the actual job employment site for the Vermont Department of Labor, and it lists job postings for the entire state, but, more importantly, the tri-county region known as the Northeast Kingdom.
- The Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation/Creative Workforce Solutions - VABIR/CWS screens large pools of individuals to match the skills of the workers to the job requirements needed, saving businesses time in reviewing these qualified applicants themselves.
- Westaff, Inc. – Westaff is a source for temporary jobs and permanent employment, offering placement in offices, clerical posts, light industrial jobs and all manner of technical positions.
WHO ARE YOUR EMPLOYEES?
There are a number of organizations that can assist you at looking at your possible employee base, including:
EMPLOYER ASSISTANCE & COMPLIANCE ISSUES
Not every new business has a human resources department, and the labor requirements may appear a bit intimidating at first glance, but the Vermont Department of Labor offers a number of specific and general online resources to help you navigate the reporting process.
Employer Assistance Information:
- Set Up New Employer Tax Account
- Determine Employee Vs. Independent Contractor Status
- Wage & Hour Information
- New Hire Reporting
- File Your Quarterly Reports & Taxable Wage Base Information
- Employer Online Services
Employer Compliance Information:
- Americans with Disabilities Act/Information & Technical Assistance provides education and technical assistance to encourage voluntary compliance. Activities include providing direct technical assistance and guidance to the public , an ADA Information Line and developing and disseminating technical assistance materials to businesses and the public.
- Employer Responsibility For Insurance Coverage & Exclusions
- Employer Liability & Proper Reporting
- Legal Information/Vermont Department of Labor section includes hyperlinks to the following sections: Free Mandatory Work Posters, VOSHA Laws & Regulations, Workers’ Compensation Statutes, Passenger Tramway Safety Rules, Project Worksafe State Specific Standards, Arbitration Decisions, Penalty Decisions, Proposed Rules.
- Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates
- Unemployment Responsibility For Unemployment Insurance
- Vermont Health Connect/Small Business Information is designed to answer questions on the state health insurance system and how it affects businesses.
- Vermont Occupational Safety & Health Administration (VOSHA) oversees the health and safety of employees in the workplace. VOSHA is comprised of two sections, the Enforcement Section and the Consultation & Training.
- Workers’ Compensation section includes information on Dispute Resolution, Does My Employer Have Workers’ Comp, How to File A Claim, Returning to Work, Understanding the Claim Process, Vocational Rehabilitation Information, Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Medical Case Management, Job Search Tool, Mileage Reimbursement Tool.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION
With a high value on education, the Northeast Kingdom has many secondary, post-secondary and adult education providers that can support the development of your employees. All have a strong interest in serving the region to develop the abilities and skills your workers need to make your company or organization the most productive and efficient it can be.
With local offices in both St. Johnsbury and Newport, the Vermont Department of Labor (please see contact information at the end of the guide) is your one-stop location for coordination and possible funding.
Local Training Resources include:
- Vermont Training Program (Agency of Commerce and Community Development)
- Northern Community Investment Corporation
Regional Training Providers include:
- Lyndon State College’s Center for Professional Studies offers non-degree education such as certificate, diploma and licensure programs to professionals and those working to increase skills, advance to new positions, etc.
- Community College of Vermont is an accessible, affordable and student-centered college, offering associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a wide selection of day, evening and online courses. It is part of the Vermont State Colleges system.
- Lyndon Institute is the high school for communities surrounding the Lyndonville area. It offers a number of workforce training classes for students and those living in the area.
- St. Johnsbury Academy is the high school for communities surrounding the St. Johnsbury area. It offers a number of workforce training classes for students and those living in the area.
- Northeast Kingdom Learning Services-St. Johnsbury provides educational services to out-of-school youth, adults without a high school credential and workers seeking to improve their educational skills.
- Northeast Kingdom Learning Services-Newport provides educational services to out-of-school youth, adults without a high school credential and workers seeking to improve their educational skills.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EMPLOYER RESOURCE SECTION:
Vermont Department of Labor – St. Johnsbury Office
1197 Main St.-Ste. 1, P.O. Box 129
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Vermont Department of Labor – Newport Office
Emory E. Hebard State Office Building
100 Main St.- Ste. 210
Newport, VT 05855
FINDING NECESSARY SERVICES AND BUSINESSES
If you looking for a service or business in the Northeast Kingdom, please check out the Northeast Kingdom Chamber business directory, the most extensive resource guide on businesses in the tri-county region. Consumers are 80 percent more likely to buy products and services from businesses that are members of chambers of commerce.
The Northeast Kingdom Online Business Resource Guide is meant as a resource for those seeking to start, expand, relocate or transition a business. Please contact the Northeast Kingdom Chamber for permission to use or distribute this content. A PDF format of this guide is available to businesses upon request. Thank you.