98th AIV Annual Meeting | Energy and Vermont’s Economy: Challenges and Responses for Competitiveness

98th AIV Annual Meeting _______________________________ Energy and Vermont’s Economy Challenges and Responses for Competitiveness _______________________________    Friday, March 8   |   Capitol Plaza, Montpelier _______________________________ AIV’s annual meeting is a premier forum for addressing critical economic issues facing Vermont, bringing together leaders from across business and public sectors, and we are holding our 98th Annual Meeting March 8 at […]

ACTION ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

S.37 is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which could act on the bill as soon as this coming Tuesday, February 26.  AIV and other stakeholders have provided testimony, and will continue to engage the Committee on this bill. As reported previously, S.37 contains provisions addressing legal and financial liability provisions that had been included […]

UPDATED | Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements Still Under Consideration

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee Friday received a revised version of H.1, legislation intended to severely limit non-compete agreements in Vermont.  The Committee is expected to review the new draft and work further on the legislation this Tuesday.  It is far from clear that the new draft will sufficiently address serious concerns with […]

ACTION ALERT | Chemical Bill Would Gut Scientific and Health Standards for Product Regulations, Create Unprecedented Agency Discretion

S.55 is currently before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, which could pass the bill as soon as this coming week.  As introduced, the bill would critically undermine the integrity and credibility of Vermont’s regulation of chemicals in children’s products (Act 188) by eliminating key scientific and health criteria for adding chemicals to the program […]

UPDATED ACTION ALERT | Mandatory Paid Family and Medical Leave Advances in the House

H.107, imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave, passed the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee this week and is now before the House Ways and Means Committee.  The bill is significantly more expansive than paid family leave legislation passed last year but vetoed by the Governor. Although the Ways and Means Committee scaled […]

UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part […]

UPDATED ACTION ALERT | Minimum Wage Increase Advances in the Senate

The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee Wednesday passed S.23, which would increase the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.  The bill is now before the Senate Appropriations Committee and could be taken up on the Senate floor in the near future. The Appropriations Committee is not expected to make […]

2019 Worksite Wellness Awards & Conference | March 21

2019 Worksite Wellness Awards & Conference March 21, 2019 8:00 am – 4:00 pm DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Registration for the 2019 Worksite Wellness Conference is open.  Register by March 1 to get an early bird discount. Click here to register and get more information.      

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor recently released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering December 2018. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December was 2.7%. This reflects no change from the revised November rate. Embedded in this calculation is the monthly estimate of the Vermont labor force which […]

Information regarding Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration Penalties for 2019

The following links provide information on penalty adjustments for VOSHA penalties issued starting February 1, 2019. If you have any questions, contact us at info@aivt.org. http://labor.vermont.gov/new-adjusted-vosha-penalty-rates-as-of-2119/ http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/VOSHA-FOM-Chapter-6_2019.pdf http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/VOSHA-Penalty-Adjustments-2019.pdf