Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Staying Safe in Flu Season Flu activity tends to rise in October and then peak between December and February. OSHA has tips to keep workers safe and limit the flu’s spread.  Click here. NDEAM Event Next Tuesday An online celebration on Oct. 20 will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month […]

Reminder | PPP Forgiveness Webinars Tuesdays and Thursdays

As noted in the past, the SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes. To streamline the PPP forgiveness process, a simpler forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 5

  Why Do So Many Lean Efforts Fail?  IndustryWeek 10/8 “There’s been a problem simmering in the lean world for years. The problem is the overwhelmingly high failure rate. What failure means is subject to interpretation but the available surveys and studies done reflect a large problem. In my view, it’s time for deeper reflection. […]

Simpler PPP Forgiveness for $50,000 Loans or Less

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to many small businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Click here for more.

Travel FAQs and Employee Health Surveys Updates

ACCD has posted updated guidance for traveling to Vermont (click here) and essential travel (click here), as well as a clarification on which employees should complete health surveys (click here). Review the ACCD Work Safe memo for all current guidance in place.  Click here.

Updated Resources and Guidance from the IRS

October 15 deadline nears for taxpayers who requested tax filing extensions For taxpayers who filed an extension, the October 15, 2020, due date to file their 2019 tax return is near. Taxpayers should file their tax returns on or before the October 15 deadline. An IRS news release on this topic includes information and links […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

National Apprenticeship Week Dates Announced USDOL is recognizing National Apprenticeship Week November 8-14. National Apprenticeship Week is an annual event recognizing the value that apprenticeship offers employers, career seekers, and the communities.  Click here for more.   Combatting Forced Labor The Bureau of International Labor Affairs has added five goods produced in China to its […]

Vermont Minimum Wage to Increase in 2021

  Beginning January 1, 2021, Vermont’s minimum wage will increase $0.79, from $10.96 to $11.75 per hour. This adjustment also impacts the minimum wage of “tipped employees.” The Basic Tipped Wage Rate for service or tipped employees equals 50% of the full minimum wage or $5.88 per hour starting January 1, 2021. The minimum wage […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: LCL Show & Tell Discussion October 14 2:00 to 3:00 pm Are LCL shipments a viable option in your supply chain? Don’t write it off until you’ve explored the possibilities. There may be hidden time or cost savings that you haven’t yet found. Join Shipco Transport […]

Application Deadline Extended for Agriculture Grants

The deadline for the Vermont COVID-19 Agricultural Assistance Program (VCAAP) Dairy Assistance Application and Agriculture and Working Lands Application has been extended to November 15.  Click here. The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (AAFM) will temporarily suspend taking new applications for a couple of weeks to update the application. AAFM will continue to process […]