The rule establishes a requirement that parties to a disputed claim attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation prior to engaging in the time and expense of a formal administrative hearing. It now takes several months to obtain a formal hearing and decision, and this delay can be expensive for all parties involved. This rule is necessary because it is mandated by statute and should permit faster, more cost-effective dispute resolution. Visit http://labor.vermont.gov/InfoCenter/PublicComment/tabid/1434/Default.aspx for more information.
April 27, 2009
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