Federal Vaccine and Testing Requirements Announced; Survey for Covered and Other Employers in Vermont

Yesterday’s announcement that the federal government will be implementing vaccination and testing requirements for companies with 100 or more employees, among other measures, not only poses imminent compliance and related issues for covered employers but also highlights issues and questions for all employers regarding vaccination, masking, and other COVID policies. We are currently awaiting next […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Restrictions on Import Rail Traffic into the U.S. The international intermodal supply chain is experiencing significant impacts due to the record high volume of imports into the U.S. As a result, MSC rail vendor (BNSF) is restricting import rail traffic from the U.S. West Coast ports […]

Survey on Multigenerational Workforces

AIV’s national allies and partners at the  Manufacturing Institute are working on a new research study, funded by AARP, on multigenerational teams, demographic changes in the workplace, and recruiting and maintaining adequate workforces.  They are looking to collect information regarding current practices and attitudes related to multigenerational teams to establish a baseline of the current […]

All EIDLS Deferred Until 2022

The Small Business Administration reminds all Economic Injury Disaster Loan borrowers the agency extended deferment period for all disaster loans, including COVID-19 EIDLs, until 2022. All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note. […]

Updated Guidance and Resources from the IRS

Tax relief for employer leave-based donation programs that aid victims of the COVID-19 pandemic  The IRS extended the tax relief provided in Notice 2020-46 for calendar year 2021 for employers whose employees forgo sick, vacation or personal leave because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Click here for more. Avoid these errors when requesting advance payments of […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor has released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering June 2021. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for June was 3.1%. This reflects an increase of one-tenth of one percentage point from the prior month’s revised estimate. The May 2021 preliminary estimate was revised […]

2021 National SBIR Week July 19-23

The Small Business Administration is hosting the 2021 National SBIR Week from July 19 to 23. The virtual event will connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM and the Manufacturing Institute are hosting the following webinars and events that you might find of interest: Are Manufacturers Cyber-Ready for Today and Tomorrow? July 15, 2:00 pm. Click here for more. Putting Employees First with Augmented Reality. July 19, 2:00 pm. Click here for more. Best Practices […]

Economic Recovery Bridge Program Opens to Additional Businesses

As of July 7, 2021, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is expanding eligibility for its Economic Recovery Bridge Program.  With this change, ACCD is now accepting applications from organizations that have received prior State of Federal assistance. Under the expanded guidelines, organizations that can demonstrate; 1) a 2020 tax loss; and 2) that the organization suffered […]