State and Federal COVID Guidance for Workplaces Continues to Evolve | Opportunities for Employer Input and Further Guidance, Including Upcoming Online Meeting with Agencies

The following provides a brief overview of changing COVID guidance and requirements at the federal and state levels, as well as information about opportunities to learn more about compliance and implementation issues and guidance from the state, including an online town hall meeting with state agencies scheduled for June 8. Federal and State Changes So […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Commerce Planning to Raise AD/CVD Duties on Canadian Lumber The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is preliminary set to increase antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on Canadian softwood lumber following AD and CVD administrative reviews. The increase could take place at the end of November […]

Regional Meetings on Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan

The Department of Public Service will be hosting four virtual regional forums in June focused on energy planning efforts by Regional Planning Commissions and municipalities.  You might consider attending the forum if you would like to engage on the key energy issues, elements, challenges, and considerations unique to your area of Vermont. The dates and […]

SBA Webinar on Surety Bond Guarantee Program and Contract Bonds

The Small Business Administration is hosting a webinar about its Surety Bond Guarantee Program and Contract Bonds from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on June 3.  Surety bonds help small businesses win contracts by providing the customer with a guarantee that the work will be completed. Through the Surety Bond Guarantee Program, the SBA guarantees […]

ACCD Seeking to Promote Vaccination Incentives and Rewards

Is your business offering or thinking about offering any incentives to those who are fully vaccinated? ACCD would like to help promote these incentives.  Businesses can submit any incentives (click here) they may be offering and the State will promote those offers through the ThinkVermont website.

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor has released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering April 2021. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April was 2.9 percent. This reflects no change from the prior month’s revised estimate. The Vermont seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained the same at 2.9 percent in […]

Vermont’s Workplace Guidance and Requirements Are Not Changed by Today’s Mask Announcement

As you might know, the Governor has announced significant loosening of Vermont’s mask requirements for those who are vaccinated following a related announcement from the CDC. However, it is very important to note that this does not change Vermont’s masking, distancing, or other guidance and requirements for employers, their employees, and the workplace. State authorities […]

ACTION ALERT | UI Legislation:  Partial Mitigation of Tax Increases, but Significant Increase in Benefit Costs

The House is expected to take up legislation, S.62, this coming week that will include provisions taken from previously discussed legislation, S.10, addressing UI tax and benefit issues.  The current bill will increase UI benefit costs by more than $100 million over the coming years while partially addressing underlying distortions that would otherwise increase UI […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

#MentalHealthMatters During Mental Health Awareness Month, here are five tips to help you make the most of mental health benefits and other resources in your workplace health plan.  Click here. NDEAM’s 2021 theme is… The Office of Disability Employment Policy announced the 2021 theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, celebrated every year in October. […]

Upcoming Webinars and Events

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the Manufacturing Institute are hosting the following events that might be of interest to Vermont manufacturers and other employers: Spotlight on Smart Manufacturing. May 13, 12:00 pm. Click here. D&I Roundtable: Recruiting and Retaining Talent from the Military Veteran Community. May 14, 12:00 […]