On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 1

New NAM Outlook Survey: 2018 on Pace for Record-High Year of Manufacturer Optimism Following Tax and Regulatory Reform.  NAM 10/5 “On the heels of yet another positive employment report showing 18,000 manufacturing jobs were created in September, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the third quarter […]

Residential and Commercial Building Energy Standards Updates

The following are updates and reminders regarding the 2019 RBES and CBES update process. All of the links below can be found on the Department of Public Service’s Building Energy Standards Update Page. First, revised versions of the proposed 2019 RBES have been posted on the PSD website at the following links: [Link to clean redline […]

Highlights of Recent Federal Developments Related to Labor and Workplace Issues

The following are recent notes on federal developments related to labor and workplace issues provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM.  For more information, contact us at info@aivt.org.  EEOC Releases Preliminary FY 2018 Sexual Harassment Data The EEOC recently announced preliminary data for Fiscal Year 2018 regarding sexual harassment. The report notes that […]

Labor Relations Board Opening

In accordance with the provisions of 3 VSA 921, the Commissioner of Labor and the Labor Board Review Panel are reopening nominations for a vacant neutral seat on the Vermont Labor Relations Board.  The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Qualified candidates’ names will be submitted by the Panel to […]

2019 Minimum Wage Update

The minimum wage in Vermont is scheduled to increase to $10.78 on January 1, 2019. An updated minimum wage poster for workplaces can be found here: http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Minimum-Wage-Poster.pdf.

New Federal Compliance Assistance Website: employer.gov

The US Department of Labor recently released a new website — www.employer.gov— as a resource for employers to have a plain language explanation of the various safety, contractor, discrimination, and wage laws that are applicable at the federal level. This new website joins the already existing worker website — www.worker.gov — that informs workers of the rights […]

October Declared Manufacturing Month

Click on the link below for the Governor’s proclamation designating October 2018 as Manufacturing Month in Vermont, recognizing the important part the manufacturing sector plays in Vermont’s economy. 18-111 Manufacturing Month

ACTION ALERT | Demonstration of Interest in Energy Savings Account Pilot

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Public Service, and Efficiency Vermont are working to shape the Energy Savings Account Pilot Program that AIV supported in legislation passed earlier this year to utilize the Electric Efficiency Charge (EEC) differently. The pilot aims to increase the return on investment to our industrial customers, expand […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of September 24

US, Canada reach NAFTA deal.  The Hill 9/30 “The U.S. and Canada have reached a deal on an updated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiators in Washington and Ottawa worked furiously into the night to meet a self-imposed midnight Sunday deadline. . . .” Manufacturers Need Action to End the Unfair Postal Subsidy. […]