Unemployment Insurance Fraud  

  Unemployment Insurance fraud has become a significant problem because of the volume of regular unemployment compensation and pandemic unemployment claims filed due to COVID-19. On September 21, the USDOL Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the Unemployment Insurance Fraud Consumer Protection Guide with links to state workforce agencies and tips to avoid and respond […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Apprenticeships: A Discover Apprenticeship campaign launched this week aims to raise awareness about the benefits of apprenticeship and encourage employers to create apprenticeship programs.  Click here. Release: The Department announced revised regulations to clarify paid leave requirements under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Click here. Guidance: Using cloth face coverings while working outdoors in […]

Diesel Conversion Grants

Funds from Vermont’s allocation of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (the Trust) are being allocated to assess the feasibility of all-electric technologies and begin to catalyze market transformation in Vermont.  DEC is seeking proposals for electric replacement or repower (engine replacement) projects for all eligible mitigation actions under the Trust to reduce emissions of nitrogen […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Exclusions for Over 100 Section 301 Goods to Expire September 20 On September 20, over 100 exclusions from Lists 1 and 2 of the Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods are set to expire. Click here   A.N. Deringer, Inc. is a leading provider of international […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor has released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering August 2020. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for August was 4.8%. This reflects a decrease of three and five-tenths percentage points from the prior month’s revised estimate of 8.3%. The Vermont seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from the IRS

IRS approves digital signatures for certain forms To protect the health of taxpayers and tax professionals, the Internal Revenue Service announced on August 28 it will temporarily allow the use of digital signatures on certain forms that cannot be filed electronically (click here).  The change will help to reduce in-person contact and lessen the risk […]

CVOEO Launches EMBRACE Program to Provide Grants to Micro Businesses

The statewide Micro Business Development Programs (MBDPs), operated by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) in Addison County, have launched the EMBRACE grant program for micro businesses. These grants are available to businesses with up to 5 employees in which the applicant (owner) makes 80% of state median income or less. The business […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer | Aluminum Tariffs Lifted

The following is provide by AIV member A.N. Deringer: USTR Cancels 10% Section 232 Tariffs on Canadian-Origin Aluminum, Retroactive to September 1 The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released a statement today announcing that the Section 232 tariffs of 10% on Canadian-origin, non-alloyed, unwrought aluminum will be rescinded. Duty-free treatment of these goods […]

Revised Regulations Implementing Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under FFCRA

On September 11, USDOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) posted revisions to regulations that implemented the paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave provisions of the FFCRA. The revisions made by the new rule clarify workers’ rights and employers’ responsibilities under the FFCRA’s paid leave provisions, in light of the U.S. District Court […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Section 301 List 4 Tariff Exclusions: USTR Extends Some, Many Expired September 1, 2020 The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) granted 87 Section 301 List 4 exclusion extensions, leaving more than 100 to expire on September 1, 2020. The exclusion extensions granted will expire […]