Survey on Workplace Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization

The Governor recently vetoed legislation, S.22, to legalize marijuana in Vermont.  However, it is possible that a revised bill could be taken up during the Legislature’s “veto session” June 21 and 22.  Whether legislation is enacted this year or not, however, it is expected that similar or additional legislation will also be debated next year. […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of June 5

U.S. Labor Department rescinds Obama-era rule on ‘joint employment’.  Reuters 6/7 “The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday said it was rescinding the Obama administration’s standard for determining when companies are “joint employers” of contract and franchise workers, in the agency’s first major shift in labor policy under President Donald Trump. . . .” US Job […]

Member Contribution | Tech Trends | Facing an IT Audit? Don’t Panic.

The following is provided by John Burton, President of AIV member NPI, a technology management company located in South Burlington. For more information, call (800) 639-6091, or go to www.npi.net.     IT audits are one of many tools to help manage risk and identify areas of your business that are not only open to vulnerabilities […]

US DOL Withdraws Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors, Overtime Rule under Further Review

The US Department of Labor today announced the withdrawal of previous guidance on how the federal department would interpret employee misclassification in areas under its jurisdiction. While this is a matter of interest for all employers, it should be noted that this does not apply to how the Vermont Department of Labor interprets employee misclassification […]

Reminder | Comments on NAFTA Negotiations Due Monday, June 12

On May 18, the Trump Administration formally notified Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA. As provided by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, this notification triggers a 90-day period before negotiations with Canada and Mexico can begin. As part of the 90-day process — and in an effort to hear […]

Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers

The Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers recognizes Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers. Employers who believe they have employment practices and policies that are highly supportive of the mature workforce are encouraged to apply. Key selection criteria […]

2017 Heat Illness Prevention Resources

The following is based on recent releases from VOSHA and OSHA:  OSHA’s Office of Communications is preparing to soon launch the annual Heat Illness Prevention Campaign which will include an updated Heat Illness Prevention webpage and social media efforts using #WaterRestShade.  Once again, OOC will be looking for examples of steps that employers are taking […]

REMINDER | Updated 2017 Stormwater Management Guidance and Permit Information Available Online, Trainings Ongoing

In addition to the 2017 Vermont Stormwater Management Manual and Design Guidance document, the Vermont DEC Stormwater Program recently posted 2017 stormwater discharge permit application materials revised for use with the 2017 VSMM.  These materials are only to be used for permit applications submitted under the new manual, that takes effect on July 1, 2017.  […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of May 29

New Demand for HR Execs: Data Analytics.  Gallup 6/2 “Data analytics — historically the domain of marketing, operations and finance departments — is now inundating human resources. These untapped workplace insights offer essential information, but only if HR can apply the right analytics in the right way. . . .” Why Manufacturers Should Be Mindful […]

Update on Sales Tax Exemption for Materials Used in the Construction of Manufacturing or Downtown Redevelopment

The Tax Department recently published a revised version of Technical Bulletin 09 — Sales Tax Exemption for Materials Used in the Construction of Manufacturing or Downtown Redevelopment. The law was revised in Act 157 of 2016 and but the Department had not yet updated its bulletin until now. Click here for a copy.  If you […]