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Listed below are some things that those who conduct employee background checks in the state of Vermont should know.


State Capital



The state of Vermont has 14 counties.

State Court Structure

  • Trial Courts: District Courts hear almost all criminal cases and a few civil cases, including civil suspension of driver’s licenses and fish and wildlife, traffic ticket, and municipal ordinance violations.
  • Appellate Courts: The state of Vermont does not have intermediate appellate courts. All appeals are heard at the state’s Supreme Court.
  • Supreme Court of Vermont: The Vermont Supreme Court is the sole state appellate court, mainly hearing appeals on questions of law from lower courts, although there are a few instances in which the Court has original jurisdiction.

Federal Court Structure

Trial Courts:

  • United States District Court for the District of Vermont

Appellate Court:

  • Federal cases in Hawaii are appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Ban the Box

Vermont does not have a statewide ban the box law.

Credit Reports

Vermont has a law that restricts the use of credit reports in the hiring process which was enacted in 2012 and prohibits an employer from inquiring about an applicant’s credit, or failing to hire an applicant because of credit, unless one of the following is met:

  • The information is required by state or federal law or regulation.
  • The position of employment involves access to confidential financial information.
  • The employer is a financial institution as defined in 8 V.S.A. § 11101(32) or a credit union as defined in 8 V.S.A. § 30101(5).
  • The position of employment is that of a law enforcement officer as defined in 20 V.S.A. § 2358, emergency medical personnel as defined in 24 V.S.A. § 2651(6), or a firefighter as defined in 20 V.S.A. § 3151(3).
  • The position of employment requires a financial fiduciary responsibility to the employer or a client of the employer, including the authority to issue payments, collect debts, transfer money, or enter into contracts.
  • The employer can demonstrate that the information is a valid and reliable predictor of employee performance in the specific position of employment.
  • The position of employment involves access to an employer’s payroll information.

Vermont also prohibits employers from passing on the cost of the check to the applicant, and requires the employer to disclose the reasons for requesting credit in writing if the report is the reason for refusal to hire.

Medical Marijuana

The state of Vermont has a law which legalizes medical marijuana.

Social Media

The state of Vermont does not restrict or limit private employers from accessing and requesting employee/candidate log in information for personal social media accounts.

The information on this page is provided as general educational information and is not legal advice, either express or implied. Consultation with qualified legal counsel is recommended for all matters of employment law.