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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Changing COVID Guidance: Where to Go with Workplace Policies and Practices?

As expected, this week Vermont lifted its key workplace requirements related to COVID.  This comes after OSHA released updates to its workplace guidance based on the preceding changes from the CDC regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. As requirements have been lifted, employers have flexibility but also some uncertainty about recommended guidance and best practices. The […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the Manufacturing Institute are offering the following webinars and online meetings that might be of interest: Panel Discussion: Industrial Digitalization for Everyone. June 16, 2:00 pm.  Click here. Indoor Environmental Quality: Impact on Manufacturing Workers & Critical Upgrades. June 17, 11:00 am.  Click […]

VOSHA Outlines Top 10 Recommendations Relating to COVID-19

VOSHA posted earlier this week the following memo for Vermont employers with non-health care or institutional type worksites.  You can click here for the memo online, and click here for a related post on new OSHA guidelines, and if you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at info@aivt.org. To: Vermont Employers […]