Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Forms on Department of Labor Website

The Vermont Department of Labor, Workers' Compensation Division announced that two of the common forms used in workers' compensation claims have been revised as of January 2017.  The updated Preauthorization form can be found at: .  PLEASE NOTE: the Vermont Preauthorization Form is not a required form.  Denials filed with the Department based on a failure to use the Preauthorization form will not be found supported.

The updated Medical Release form (Form 7) can be found at: .

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vermont Governor Declares Kids’ Chance Week

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin proclaimed that this week is Kids’ Chance Awareness Week in Vermont.  Kids’ Chance of Vermont provides college scholarships to children of workers who have been injured or killed on the job. Thousands of scholarships have been awarded nationwide by Kids’ Chance chapters.  The Governor’s office stated that “[a] work-related accident that leads to a catastrophic injury or death of a guardian has devastating emotional and financial impacts on any family, especially when compensation benefits are insufficient to allow the injured or deceased worker’s children to pursue their education goals. Bottom line, every Vermont kid should have the opportunity to succeed.”  Glenn S. Morgan, Esq. of Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd. is a founding director of Kids’ Chance of Vermont and serves as its current treasurer.  More details are available on the Kids’ Chance website at: .

Monday, October 24, 2016

Adjusters' Conference Registration is LIVE!

The conference registration information for the January 26 and 27, 2017 adjusters' conference is now available on the Department of Labor's website.

If you are unable to register online or have any questions regarding the conference please contact Delaney Meeting and Event Management at (802) 865-5202.

Thursday, October 13, 2016



The next Adjusters’ Conference will be held on Thursday and Friday, January 26-27, 2017, at the Hilton Burlington, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401.  More details and registration information will be posted shortly on the Vermont Department of Labor website at

Please note, there will not be a fall conference in 2016.  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Memorandum to Adjusters RE: Annual Adjustment of Workers' Compensation Benefits

TO:                         All Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carriers, Adjusters and Self-Insureds

FROM:                  J. Stephen Monahan, Director
                                Workers’ Compensation and Safety Division

DATE:                    July 11, 2016

SUBJECT:             Annual Adjustment of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The new Form 28(FY17) and the Form 28A(FY17), which you should use to update claimant’s rates as of July 1, 2016, are now available.  You can download both forms from the web site at:  

The new maximum for those injuries arising after June 30, 1986 is $1,259.00.  The new maximum for injuries prior to that date is $839.00.  The minimum in all cases is $420.00.

Please be aware of the new requirement to forward a copy to the injured worker or dependent:

Rule 8.2010 The employer or insurance carrier shall file a Notice of Change in Compensation Rate (Form 28) with the Commissioner by July 1st annually as to any injured worker or dependent who is receiving indemnity benefits as of that date and who is entitled to an adjustment of compensation in accordance with this Rule. Concurrent with the filing, the employer or insurance carrier shall mail a copy of the Notice of Change in Compensation Rate to the injured worker or if appropriate, to his or her dependent(s). 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Form 28 for Fiscal Year 2017

The Form 28 for Fiscal Year 2017 is now available on the Department of Labor's website.

As of July 1, 2016, the new State of Vermont minimum compensation rate is $420.00 per week, and the new State of Vermont maximum compensation rate is $1,259.00 per week.

Please make sure that you file a Form 28 for accepted claims in which the Claimant has been out of work for at least 26 weeks prior to July 1, 2016.