COVID-19 EIDL Application Deadline Extended to December 31, 2021 | Weekly PPP Forgiveness Webinars Continue

The Small Business Administration today announced that the deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to December 31, 2021.  The deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill signed into law December 27. EIDL loan applications will continue […]

COVID-19 Testing: Now More Options for Vermonters

Vermonters can get tested for COVID-19 at more than 15 regular locations throughout the state, with more of them now open daily. Vermonters can still spread the virus even when you don’t have symptoms. If someone has been in a higher risk situation, like a social gathering, or learned that someone they live or work […]

Key COVID Related UI Benefits Extended with New Federal Legislation

Federal COVID relief legislation just enacted includes provisions to extend the unemployment insurance programs created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) programs have been extended, and the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program has been reinstated, providing an additional $300 […]

New Changes to Paid Sick Leave and Family Leave Provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) and Related Employer Obligations and Compensation

The new COVID relief legislation enacted December 27 made important changes to note regarding paid leave provisions of the FFCRA.  As you know, FFCRA created COVID-19 related mandatory paid sick and family leave coverage, with employers able to seek reimbursement through payroll tax credits. The original FFCRA provisions expire December 31; however, under the new […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Aluminum Products: New Licensing Requirements Starting January 25 On January 25, 2021, new licensing requirements for aluminum products will take effect under a US Commerce Department final rule, which established the Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM) System. The new system acts similarly to the Steel […]

Public Input for the Next Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan

The Department of Public Service is starting off the process to update the 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan (click here for more on the current plan).  The DPS is required to update the CEP every six years, and the next version is due January, 2022. The DPS has created a website where materials will be posted […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from the IRS

Year-end delay for advanced payments of employer credits Due to standard end-of-year close out, employers will experience a delay in receiving payments associated with Forms 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits, processed between late-December and mid-January. The IRS will continue to accept and process valid Forms 7200 during this time, but the processing of payments […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: GSP, MTB, and Many Section 301 Exclusions Set to Expire Soon The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Neither trade provision is earmarked for legislative review before the year’s end. When […]

EEOC Releases Employer Vaccination Guidance

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released COVID-19 vaccination-related guidance (click here), including information related to employers mandating vaccinations.  The new guidance addresses several key areas of interest, including ADA, Title VII, Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and other issues with COVID-19 vaccinations. Additional information about this and related issues […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Transporting Workers Safety Tips A new OSHA Alert provides tips to keep farmworkers transported in employer-provided vehicles safe.  Click here. Winter Safety When temperatures drop, follow these tips to keep workers safe from cold stress.  Click here. Holiday Safety Is your workplace prepared for the holiday season?  Use these worker training tips (click here) to […]