REMINDER | Comments Due on Proposed Changes to Environmental Citations Rule February 21

ANR’s proposed amended Ch. 25 Environmental Citations Rule is currently on notice, and review and input during the comment period, open through February 21, would be appreciated. The proposed rule revison is available on the Secretary of State database and DEC web page at the following links: (Rule No. 20P001) Summary of Amendment […]

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Extended to January 2021

The IRS recently announced that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) has been extended to Jan. 1, 2021. The WOTC is a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment. For more information, contact us at  

Legislation Regulating Non-Compete Agreements Goes to the House Floor

H.1, legislation regulating non-compete agreements, was approved by the House Commerce and Economic Development Thursday and will be taken up on the House Floor next week. The Committee and stakeholders have been wrestling with H.1 since early last year.  The bill has gone through some extremely restrictive and burdensome versions over that time.  Although issues […]

UPDATE & ACTION ALERT | Veto Sustained Blocking Mandatory Paid Family Leave; What’s Next on Minimum Wage?

After the Governor vetoed H.107, imposing mandatory paid family and medical leave late last Friday, the House leadership announced that they would hold a vote to override the veto on Wednesday.  After intense lobbying on both sides of the issue, the Governor’s veto was sustained by one vote, 99 to 51 (two-thirds of legislators present […]

Workers’ Compensation Rates to Go Down in 2020

The Administration today announced that many Vermont businesses will see a double-digit rate decrease in workers’ compensation insurance in 2020. The new rates, approved by the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), become effective on April 1, 2020. Rates have repeatedly decreased in recent years and this represents the largest decrease in over a decade. When […]

New Legislation | Updated February 4

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 […]

The Week Ahead in Committees | For the Week of February 3

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at  You and also review full agendas […]