Terms Used In Vermont Statutes Title 3 Sec. 972

  • Board: means the State Labor Relations Board established under section 921 of this title. See
  • Complaint: means an employee's, or group of employees', informal expression to the immediate supervisor of dissatisfaction with aspects of employment or working conditions under a collective bargaining agreement. See
  • Department head: means a secretary of an agency, commissioner of a department, director of an office, or any other appointing authority in charge of an agency of State government. See
  • Employee: means a State employee as defined by subdivision (5) of this section except as the context requires otherwise. See
  • Grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • Petit jury: A group of citizens who hear the evidence presented by both sides at trial and determine the facts in dispute. Federal criminal juries consist of 12 persons. Federal civil juries consist of six persons.
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States may apply to the District of Columbia and any territory and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. See
  • State employee: means an individual employed on a permanent or limited status basis by the State of Vermont. See

§ 972. Definitions

As used in this subchapter:

(1) "Department head" means a secretary of an agency, commissioner of a department, director of an office, or any other appointing authority in charge of an agency of State government.

(2) "Illegal order" means a directive to violate, or to assist in violating, a federal, State, or local law.

(3) "Public body" means:

(A) a department head or employee specifically designated or assigned to receive a complaint that constitutes protected activity under this chapter;

(B) a board or commission of State government;

(C) the Vermont State Auditor;

(D) a State or federal agency that oversees the activities of a State agency;

(E) a law enforcement officer as defined in 20 V.S.A. § 2358(d)(1);

(F) a federal or State court, grand jury, petit jury, law enforcement agency, or prosecutorial office;

(G) the General Assembly or the U.S. Congress; or

(H) an officer or employee of an entity listed in this subdivision (3) when acting within the scope of his or her duties.

(4) "Retaliatory action" includes any adverse performance or disciplinary action, including discharge, suspension, reprimand, demotion, denial of promotion, imposition of a performance warning period, or involuntary transfer or reassignment that is given in retaliation for the State employee‘s involvement in a protected activity, as set forth in section 973 of this title.

(5) "State employee" means an individual employed on a permanent or limited status basis by the State of Vermont. (Added 2007, No. 128 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 13, 2008; amended 2013, No. 141 (Adj. Sess.), § 13, eff. July 1, 2015.)