Action Alert | Report Highlights Chemicals that Could Receive Additional Regulatory or Legislative Attention, Also Suggests Bans on Certain Products Containing Flame Retardants

Action Request | Contact AIV to Stay Informed and Engaged As noted below, it would benefit all manufacturers to be aware of and review the draft biennial report of the Interagency Committee on Chemical Management, particularly those that file reports under Tier II of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and especially […]

Action Alert | Preparing for Energy Issues Facing Vermont Manufacturers

Several energy related proposals were major issues in the State House during the last legislative session, including carbon taxes, additional renewable energy laws, and better options for using energy efficiency charges.  There are also proceedings ongoing or expected before the Public Utility Commission that could have immediate or long term impacts on energy costs.   With […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 12

Manufacturing Production Rose in October to the Highest Level in More than 10 Years.  Shopfloor 11/16 “According to the Federal Reserve, manufacturing production increased by 0.3 percent in October, rising for the fifth straight month to its highest level since June 2008. . . .” Exclusive: China offer unlikely to spur major trade breakthrough – […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Department of Labor announced that the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for October was 2.8%. This reflects a decrease of one-tenth of one percentage point from the revised September rate. The national rate in October was 3.7%. As of the prior month’s preliminary data, the Burlington-South Burlington Metropolitan NECTA was tied for the thirty-sixth lowest […]

Governor Scott Leads Trade Mission to Montreal

Governor Scott headed a trade mission to Montreal this week, marking his fourth trip to Québec in 22 months as Governor. The Governor was accompanied by members of his cabinet, including Commerce Secretary Michael Schirling, Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein, and representatives from several Vermont companies. Scott met with the […]

IRS Resources for Business Owners

IRS Resources for Business Owners The IRS is reaching out with a small business initiative highlighting several tax law changes affecting business owners. Below are key items of interest. Some of the topics include: changes in depreciation/expensing, accounting methods, and the blended corporate tax rate.  AIV has been asked to share these resources with our […]

4th Annual National Apprenticeship Week in Vermont

This week is the fourth National Apprenticeship Week with the theme of “Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow.  National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to showcase how businesses, labor, educational institutions, trade and industry groups, and public officials across the nation are expanding apprenticeships to develop a skilled, dedicated workforce. Also recognized by the state of Vermont, Apprenticeship […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 5

SEC to review corporate democracy rules risking investor clash.  Reuters 11/9 “The U.S. securities regulator is set to review this month rules on corporate democracy, setting it up for a clash with investors who worry the agency will side with companies to diminish voting rights on charged issues like climate change and gun violence. . . .” NSA official: […]

New Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Rules Withdrawn by Department of Labor

The Department of Labor today announced that it was withdrawing Proposed Rule 18-P23, Vocational Rehabilitation Rules.  The following is from a memorandum that was sent to the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR), which was reviewing the rule for legislative approval: After the aborted LCAR hearing on October 18, the Department of Labor met with […]