Possible Movement on Legislation to Set Up Manufacturer Financial Liability for Packaging and Printed Material Management

One of the non-COVID-19 related bills not currently on the Senate calendar for floor action but might be given clearance to move out of committee to the floor (see related post here) is S.227, which would address a number of solid waste issues but most significantly set the stage for a potentially wide ranging and […]

Questions Continue to Surround Legislation to Provide Grants to “Frontline” Workers

As reported previously, S.346 was passed by the Senate and would provide grants for certain critical/essential employees who worked during the last two months (see related post here).  As the bill developed, questions were raised about the appropriate scope of the bill, the period of time it should apply to, whether federal COVID-19 funding would […]

Proposed Grant Program to Support Manufacturers Retooling to Produce PPE Put on Hold | Feedback Still Needed from Interested Companies

As reported previously, H.945 was developed by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee to provide grants to Vermont manufacturers that might need assistance in retooling their operations to produced PPE needed in the state (see related post here).  This week, however, the Committee put further consideration of the bill on hold after feedback from […]

New Refresher/Overview of Paid Leave and Employer Tax Credits under the FFCRA Posted by the IRS

As you know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides tax credits to reimburse employers for the costs of providing paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave to employees unable to work because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). These credits are refundable. That means if the amount of the credit exceeds the amount […]

Upcoming Online Forum on Reopening and Operations

AIV’s partners and allies at VMEC will be hosting another online forum with state and private sector experts to discuss restarting and operational issues next Wednesday, May 20, at 1:30 pm.  The forum is scheduled for an hour and panelists will include: Dan Whipple, Program Manager, VOSHA Stephen Monahan, Director of Workers’ Compensation & Safety, […]

Vermont Offers Free COVID-19 Testing at Pop-up Sites, but Efforts to Facilitate Testing for Workplace Safety Continue

The Vermont Department of Health has announced testing at pop-up locations, where anyone without symptoms can now be tested at a pop-up location. Health care workers, first responders and child care providers are encouraged to get tested. People who are returning to Vermont, and who are at day 7 or later in their quarantine period, […]

Reminder | May 14: Protecting Safety and Health of Workers Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Department of Labor

The Vermont Department of Labor and VOSHA will hold the following Virtual Town Hall event on Thursday, May 14 at 3:30 pm: Protecting the Safety and Health of Workers  Overview: Details around VOSHA and CDC guidance to protect Vermont workers as workplaces open, including materials developed by VOSHA.  Speakers: Stephen Monahan (Director, Workers Compensation Division), […]

Update | Slides Available from Webinar on SBA Resources

On May 12, SBA’s Vermont District Office and Wendell Davis, SBA New England Regional Administrator, hosted an online discussion about resources available to small businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics included funding options, relief programs and technical assistance. Also joining the discussion were members from the Vermont Small Business Development Center, Center for Women and […]