NO. 120. AN ACT RELATING TO MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR SEASONAL EMPLOYEES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTS, PARKS AND RECREATION.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 3 V.S.A. § 631(d) is added to read:
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, and in addition to the powers and duties described in sections 2852 and 2853 of this title and section 2603 of Title 10, the secretary of natural resources, through the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation, is authorized to expend funds for purposes of continuing employee medical insurance benefits provided to seasonal temporary state employees by their off-season employers. Any expenditure shall be subject to the following limitations:
(1) Funds may be paid either directly to the benefit provider or to the off-season employer as a reimbursement.
(2) The total amount paid for any temporary employee medical insurance reimbursement shall not exceed the costs of group medical benefits for a permanent state employee as determined by the commissioner of human resources, and it shall be within the discretion of the commissioner of forests, parks and recreation to pay some lesser amount than the maximum.
(3) The commissioner of forests, parks and recreation shall establish written guidelines regarding the administration of this program, subject to the approval of the commissioner of human resources.
(4) The amount expended by the commissioner for this program shall be limited to the amount directly saved by the department of forests, parks and recreation on expenses, such as advertising, unemployment compensation, and training, as a result of encouraging the return to state seasonal employment by seasonal employees who have consistent off-season employment.
Approved: May 1, 2006
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street