Vermont’s Work Smart and Stay Safe initiative requires businesses with 10 or more employees to develop a reopening and training plan to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public as Vermont phases in the opening of businesses throughout the state.
In early May, the Vermont Association of Realtors® (VAR) formed a Real Estate Sector Return to Work Task Force comprised of VAR members. The task force worked closely with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) to develop a comprehensive restart Vermont document for the real estate sector.
On Friday, May 29, the ACCD approved VAR’s real estate restart plan, which VAR member offices can use as a template. The document includes a prevention, preparedness, and response plan that outlines: responsibilities of owners, managing brokers, employees and agents; health and safety best practices; showing and listing properties; managing a transaction; and more.
The Restart Plan also includes a Certification of Compliance Real Estate Access Questionnaire that ALL agencies (regardless of # of employees) must complete each time they access a property. Agents are also required to complete a contact tracing log of all clients with whom they come in contact.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS PLAN WAS UPDATED ON JUNE 24, 2020 TO REFLECT THE LATEST ACCD CHANGES TO VERMONT’S RESTART PLAN.
Businesses with fewer than 10 employees
Businesses with fewer than 10 employees at any physical location are not required to adopt or create a plan, however, they must follow all other health and safety guidelines listed on the ACCD website, including taking VOSHA training.HEALTH GUIDELINES VOSHA TRAINING