Roundup of US Department of Labor Updates and Resources

The following are updates and resources highlighted by the US Department of Labor over the weekend: Website: Unemployment insurance relief during COVID-19 outbreak. Release: Wage and Hour guidance on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave benefits related to COVID-19. Posters: New workplace posters on paid sick leave and expanded family and medical […]

Latest IRS Updates and Resources for COVID-19

The IRS has released updates and resources on the following topics: IRS helps members of the small biz/self-employed community who are affected by the Coronavirus Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know Share information of Economic Impact Payments with your employees IRS issues warning about Coronavirus-related scams; watch out for schemes tied to economic […]

More Updates on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Including Online Dialogue Process

The US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has released another round of additional updates to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers. There are now answers to 79 Q&As as the Department continues to answer questions that are coming in. Employers are encouraged to frequent the WHD website by clicking here […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following are provided courtesy of AIV member A.N. Deringer: FDA (and Deringer) Provide Guidance for Importing COVID-19-Related Goods, CBP Requests Advance Notice On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement asserting they were taking actions to help with the supply of COVID-19-related materials, such as personal protective equipment and […]

IRS Provides New Guidance on Family Leave and Tax Credits 

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides small and midsize employers refundable tax credits that reimburse them for the cost of providing paid sick and family leave wages to their employees for leave related to COVID-19.  Today the IRS released new guidance on tax credits authorized in the “phase two” COVID-19 bill to help […]

Update on Financial Assistance Resources

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law to assist business owners with immediate financial needs, is still in the process of being fully implemented and guidance and regulations developed.  It will provide many new resources available for businesses. To help you get started, Vermont’s Agency for Commerce and Community Development offers the […]

US Department of Labor Issues Temporary Rule for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division has posted a preliminary version of a temporary rule issuing regulations pursuant to FFCRA. You can review the language of the temporary rule clicking here, however, please note the following disclaimer: “This temporary rule has been submitted to the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) for publication, and is currently […]

Identifying Critical/Essential Businesses, Addressing Questions and Recommendations

As Vermont’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order and related guidance have been implemented, updated, and are expected to be extended, there have been many questions about which companies are considered critical/essential, which are not, how criteria have changed or should change, and more. To help identify the needs and answer the questions of Vermont employers […]