The bill was originally intended to prevent significant UI tax rate increases in 2021 and provide universal experience rating relief for employers who were forced to furlough employees due to the pandemic. The Vermont Chamber previously testified in support of those provisions. However, we have expressed opposition to the recently added provisions that increase benefits at a time when the health of the UI Trust Fund remains uncertain and employers are struggling to recruit workers.
Legislators need to hear from you to prevent this unaffordable increase and work toward a more sustainable solution for employers that maintains the UI rate freeze and does not disincentivize workforce from returning to work, which will slow economic recovery.
You can contact your legislator to let them know how the proposal would impact your business.
Below we have provided background information and a few talking points for your reference. You can also reach out to the Vermont Chamber’s Government Affairs Director Charles Martin for more information or additional assistance with contacting your legislators.
Suggested talking points:
- Please do not raise UI benefits in a time when the federal government is already providing unprecedented relief for workers, including $300 a week in additional UI
- S.10 as amended will make it more difficult for me to rehire my workforce. I was already struggling to find workers before the pandemic
- We support the pause in the UI rate schedule jump, but this should not be characterized by legislators as a tax cut, as it is only a deferral of payment that employers will make up in later years
- Business owners were not given an opportunity to weigh in many of the impactful changes to S.10