Vermont Labor Department conducts ‘rapid response’ at the Hermitage Club

This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Feb. 21 in the Brattleboro Reformer.

DEERFIELD VALLEY — The Vermont Department of Labor conducted a “rapid response” to the Hermitage Club, where jobs were terminated this week.

“The club will be providing support to the individuals who have been affected,” said Meridith Dennes, spokeswoman for the Hermitage. “Our primary goal is to work with our labor force to find jobs. We brought in the Department of Labor to make sure people are placed in a timely manner.”

The decision to layoff workers had to do with “preserving the long-term health” of the company, this week’s unseasonably warm weather and less families coming up due to sports starting up, said Dennes.

She said all contracts for foreign employees on work visas are still being honored. She acknowledged the company’s financial struggles have been “no secret.”

The Hermitage runs a private ski resort at Haystack Mountain, a real estate group, a golf course, and inns and restaurants in the Deerfield Valley. The company experienced troubles paying taxes in two towns, water/sewer bills and vendors. Poor weather in the 2015-16 season, state permitting delays and a slow membership drive have been blamed for the shortfall. Complaints alleging illegal real estate activities and sex discrimination/retaliation have recently been filed with authorities.

Lindsay Kurrle, commissioner of the Department of Labor, told the Reformer teams respond to a business facing layoffs or closure “by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to a company or worker.”

Read full story at the Brattleboro Reformer.

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4 thoughts on “Vermont Labor Department conducts ‘rapid response’ at the Hermitage Club

  1. There are many reasons behind the explosion at the Hermitage. Far too many to list in a short reply here. The business is bankrupt, and trying to ‘assess’ additional fees upon the membership to keep it going. The owner, had his dreams of ‘owning the whole Deerfield Valley’ have fallen far short of his expectations. Now they want the state to bail them out at the expense of the taxpayers. That is you and me and all of my neighbors. Someone will walk in and buy what’s remaining of his dream for a fraction of it’s worth and return it to a functioning ski area. Until then, it’s bound to end up in the book of ‘Vermonts lost and forgotten ski areas.’

  2. But don’t worry the foreign workers will still have their jobs. It’s just the local workers that are put out of work.

  3. Sounds like the “rapid response” team is more of a forensic examination team as the State and local government as well as the Department of Labor seem to be the proximate cause of much of the company’s problems.

    High property taxes, water/sewer assessments, state permitting delays, state investigations into “complaints alleging illegal real estate activities and sex discrimination/retaliation” charges have recently been filed with authorities” along with failed fundraising efforts and unfavorable weather have combined to cripple the enterprise.

    Now the state arrives to pick the bones and attempt to find new jobs for the employees, laid off from this struggling business – sadly the state had no appetite to “come calling” soon to offer assistance and relief since the troubles were no secret !

    I’m certain that lower taxes and less regulation would have been just the “tonic” for this business as well as many others statewide.

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