Trade Update | Reminder: Request for Comments and Notice of a Public Hearing Regarding the 2021 Special 301 Review

Each year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts a review to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property (IP) rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Based on this review, the U.S. Trade Representative determines which, if any, […]

Reminder: Informational Webinar on PPP and COVID Relief Legislation Updates

The weekly 3:00 pm Wednesday webinar for Vermont businesses hosted by ACCD and other state agencies will focus this week on updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The Agency’s leadership team will be joined by the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Bankers Association (VBA), the […]

Mental Health Resource Guides to Help Small Businesses

The pandemic has hit small businesses hard and understanding where to turn to for support can be a challenge in and of itself. For this reason, a few resources are now available in one place to help guide business owners in this time of need. The Department of Mental Health has put together a business […]

ACCD Signage for Businesses

ACCD has signage available for businesses and communities to help educate customers and visitors as to the guidance and restrictions in place. New signage has been added to reiterate specifically the need to quarantine for those returning to the state, or for those who are visiting the state. You can find the signage at the […]

2021 Worksite Wellness Award Application Open

The 2021 Worksite Wellness Award Application is now open.  These awards recognize efforts by Vermont employers to promote employee wellness. All worksites are encouraged to apply, even those just starting with their wellness initiatives. Applications are due on January 31, 2021.  The Department of Health will notify applicants by February 15, 2021. Please email ashwinee.kulkarni@vermont.gov […]

Additional Guidance for Employees Regarding FFCRA Paid Leave

The requirement that employers provide paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on December 31.  The US Wage and Hour Division has issued some additional related guidance in the form of FFCRA Questions and Answers: I was eligible for leave under the FFCRA in […]

The Clean Water Series: In Action! Stormwater 3-Acre General Permit

Join Padraic Monks, Stormwater Program Manager, to learn about Vermont’s new stormwater permitting rule that went into effect December 1, 2020. This rule requires sites with three or more acres of impervious surfaces, that lack a permit, to treat their stormwater runoff. He will provide a summary of the newly adopted general permit, including the schedule […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national partners and allies at NAM are hosting the following webinars that might be of interest:  Trade Perspectives from Australia: TPP, RCEP, the WTO and Beyond featuring Andrew Jory, Minister-Counsellor for Trade at the Embassy of Australia. January 8 at 1:00 pm.  Click here for more. Connecting Data Insights with Action. January 12 at […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: USMCA Changes Announced Regarding MPF, FTZs, and Restrained Enforcement Period US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published CSMS #45309245 on December 29, 2020, providing updates regarding the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The update includes changes to the treatment of goods entered through foreign trade zones (FTZs), availability […]