Vermont Tax Deadline Relief for Meals and Rooms, Sales and Use

The Department of Taxes is providing temporary relief to Vermont businesses who owe Meals and Rooms Tax or Sales and Use Tax. Businesses that are unable to meet the April 25 filing deadline will not be charged any penalty or interest for late payment.  It is important to note this is not an abatement of […]

Business Income Insurance Q&A for COVID-19

The Department of Financial Regulation has developed a guidance overview (click here) of whether business insurance will cover loss of income and other issues caused by COVID-19. The NAIC has also posted an Insurance Brief (COVID-19 and Insurance – click here) that provides a good overview of how different types of policies respond to losses […]

Trade Update from A.N. Deringer | Deferment of Duties for Importers

The following is provided courtesy of AIV member A.N. Deringer: CBP Provides 90-Day Deferment of Duties for Importers Experiencing COVID-19 Related Hardships On April 19, 2020, CBP released CSMS 42423171 announcing that the payment deadline for certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees would be postponed for 90 calendar days for importers experiencing a hardship attributable […]

More Additions to FFCRA Guidance

The US Department of Labor has provided additional FFCRA guidance by added a number of additional Q&As, which can be found here. Some of the new questions answered include the following: How do I compute the number of hours I must pay my employee who has irregular hours for each day of expanded family and […]

USDOL/OSHA COVID-19 Roundup of Memos, Releases, and Resources

The following is a roundup of recent memos, releases, and other resources provided by the US Department of Labor and OSHA that should be of use and interest to employers. US Department of Labor Posts YouTube Quick COVID-19 Tips The Department has posted short, shareable motion graphics highlighting health and safety tips on handwashing and […]

Member in Focus | GlobalFoundries’ Response to COVID-19

The following is an overview of activities provided by AIV member GlobalFoundries.  We encourage other members to share their experiences and recommendations related to COVID-19 as this crisis continues and evolves by contacting us at   GlobalFoundries Efforts as an “Essential Business” Serve Key Role in COVID-19 Response GlobalFoundries (GF) is one of the […]

OSHA Guidance for COVID-19 Manufacturer Worker Safety

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an alert listing safety tips employers can follow to help protect manufacturing workers from exposure to coronavirus. Safety measures employers can implement to protect employees working in manufacturing include: Practicing sensible social distancing and maintaining 6 feet between co-workers, where possible; Establishing […]

Vermont Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Hotline to Provide Updates for Self-Employed

A dedicated line from the Department of Labor has been established for those seeking Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) who are self-employed, independent contractors, sole proprietors and others not typically eligible for unemployment insurance. The hotline will provide daily updates as to the status of the PUA program, the timeline for going live, and the process […]

OSHA Grants Temporary, Good Faith Relief from Recurring Testing Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced that employers who are unable to fulfill annual testing, inspection, training and auditing due to the COVID-19 outbreak will be granted relief as long as the company makes good faith efforts to stay in compliance. OSHA will evaluate “whether the employer made good faith efforts to comply […]

US Department of Labor Webinar on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) 9:00 AM, Monday, April 20

As you know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) came into effect on April 1, 2020. The FFCRA requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Steven McKinney, a Community Outreach Specialist for the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour […]