AN ACT RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
The House proposes to the Senate to amend the bill as follows:
First: By striking Sec. 2 and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
Sec. 2. DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE TRAINING;
DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
The Department of Employment and Training in cooperation with the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence shall design and implement training program no later than 120 days after the effective date of this act. The training shall be provided to appropriate department employees who interact with claimants under chapter 16A of Title 21 and shall include all the following:
(1) The nature and dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
(2) Other resources and support services available for the survivors.
Second: In Sec. 1, § 1254(2)(A) of 21 V.S.A., by striking the final sentence and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
Failure to pursue reasonable alternatives may be excused if the individual establishes that pursuit of alternatives is likely to:
(i) Be futile.
(ii) Increase the risk of future incidents of domestic and sexual violence.
(iii) Not adequately address the specific circumstances that led to the individual’s decision to separate from employment.
Third: In Sec. 1., 21 V.S.A. § 1254(2), in subdivision (B) at the end of the final sentence and before the period, by adding the words “and prior to releasing the requested information”
Fourth: In Sec. 1., 21 V.S.A. § 1256 in subsection (b) in the second sentence by striking the words “a reasonable time” and inserting in lieu thereof the words “seven working days”
Fifth: In Sec. 1, chapter 16A of 21 V.S.A., by striking § 1253 and renumbering the subsequent sections to be numerically correct
Sixth: By adding a Sec. 4 to read as follows:
Sec. 4. APPROPRIATION; FUNDING SOURCES; FUTURE FUNDING
(a) There is appropriated from the Crime Victims Restitution Fund in FY 2006, the amount of $30,000.00 to the Department of Employment and Training to pay for claims approved pursuant to chapter 16A of Title 21. Any amounts unexpended by the department at the end of this fiscal year shall be carried forward until fully expended. In addition to this appropriation, the Department of Employment and Training may accept donations and gifts in accordance with 32 V.S.A. § 5 to pay claims approved pursuant to chapter 16A of Title 21.
(b) No funds from the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund shall be used to pay claims under chapter 16A of Title 21.
(c) In fiscal year 2007, an appropriation for the Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors’ Transitional Program shall be included in the state budget recommended by the governor.
The Vermont General Assembly
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