Webinar | Building Psychological Safety and Wellness at Work

Vermont Department of Health Webinar February 11 9:00 to 10:00 am This webinar will address the importance to organizational wellness and business success of increasing the level of employee engagement within their organizations. It will look at a critical factor in employee engagement, better performing teams, and increased retention rates: Psychological Safety & Wellness. Learn […]

This Week in Committees

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org.  You can also review full agendas […]

Updated Resources from the CDC

Questions and Answers about COVID-19 Vaccines Updated information addressing questions about vaccines is available.  Click here for more. Click here for more on what to expect after getting a vaccine. Overview and Background on New COVID-19 Variants Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Prevailing Wages for Foreign Worker Programs A final rule addresses the minimum prevailing wages for permanent employment certification, H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa foreign worker programs.  Click here. New Unemployment Benefits This blog addresses common questions about the extension of unemployment insurance benefits.  Click here. Farmworker Rule A final rule addresses the H-2A temporary agriculture […]

Legislation Extending Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Coverage for COVID-19 Moving Forward

S.9, which would extend presumptions for workers’ compensation coverage for cases of COVID-19 under certain circumstances, passed the Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee earlier this week and was rushed to final passage by the full Senate today (click here for the bill as approved by the Committee).  The bill will move to […]

More Lenders Participating in PPP Starting January 15

The US Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on January 15.  The portal will fully open on January 19 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and […]

New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Steel and Aluminum Section 232 Tariff Exemptions, Quota Guidance Published In December, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a Federal Register Notice, which issued 123 new Section 232 tariff exclusions on steel and aluminum products, as well as a new process for requesting product […]

Updated Guidance and Resources from the IRS

Calculating Certain Agricultural W2 Wages Revenue Procedure 2021-11 (click here) provides methods for calculating W-2 wages for purposes of section 199A(g)(1)(B)(i), which, for certain specified agricultural or horticultural cooperatives  provides a limitation based on W-2 wages to the amount of a deduction under section 199A(g)(1)(A) of 9 percent of the lesser of qualified production activities […]