Mullin sponsors newsie measure
Mullin bill affects
Vt. news carriers
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s Senate has approved a measure to exempt newspapers from paying unemployment insurance for newspaper carriers.
The 18-10 vote Tuesday goes against a proposed state Labor Department rule that would require newspapers to collect unemployment insurance on carriers. The department has until June 1 to decide whether to implement it.
The Burlington Free Press reported that the delay in the rule’s implementation gave lawmakers time to enact a provision that would overrule the rule.
Sen. Kevin Mullin, a Rutland Republican who sponsored the amendment, said newspaper carriers always have been — and still are — independent contractors.
Publishers have argued that carriers are “direct sellers” with whom newspapers contract to market and deliver their papers.