Action Alert | Proposed Tax Increases on Corporations

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering legislation intended to increase taxes on corporations with affiliated facilities or operations in foreign countries.  AIV is coordinating opposition to this proposal and urges Vermont manufacturers and other companies with any ties to multinational corporations and operations to contact us at to learn more and stay […]

New Chemical and Manufacturer Responsibility and Liability Bills Introduced

Chemical Liability and Regulation Although S.25 is still expected to be the major chemical regulation bill considered this session (see related post here), several new bills addressing chemicals have been introduced in recent days that should be of concern and interest to manufacturers and other employers.  AIV is closely engaged on these bills and working […]

Batteries in Products: Expansion of Manufacturer Responsibility for Waste Management

The Senate Natural Resources Committee is expected to take up legislation expanding the scope of Vermont’s existing battery extended producer responsibility (EPR) program and the number of manufacturers impacted.  Under EPR, manufacturers have financial and/or administrative responsibility for collection and disposal of covered products.  Vermont has several EPR programs, including one for certain batteries. Under […]

S.102: Restricting Employer Rights for Mandatory Meetings and Information, Possible Good Cause Termination, and Card Check Union Elections for Certain Employers

The House General and Housing Committee will pick up where things left off last legislative session looking at labor bills.  First off for discussion this week will be S.102, which would address employers’ rights to require mandatory meetings or information about “political” (including unionization) or religious topics, and would allow card-check unionization elections for organizations […]

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 […]

Online Meeting on Future of Career Technical Education in Vermont

The Governor’s Office and Agency of Education are reaching out to extend an invitation for you to participate in a presentation and discussion focused on proposed finance and governance changes to Career Technical Education (CTE) this legislative session. The presentation will be led by Agency of Education, which will be joined by partners at the […]

Chemical Regulations for Vermont Manufacturers and Distributors

Several chemical issues will continue to face Vermont manufacturers and distributors as we enter the new year and legislative session.  Vermont regulations and new legislation are currently being implemented and debated, and new proposals are looming in the near future.  The following is a brief overview of key issues and developments – we strongly encourage […]

Employee Retention Credit Voluntary Disclosure Program

As part of an ongoing initiative aimed at combating dubious Employee Retention Credit (ERC) claims, the Internal Revenue Service has launched a new Voluntary Disclosure Program to help businesses who want to pay back the money they received after filing ERC claims in error. The new disclosure program, which has been in the works for […]

SBA Economic Injury Loans

The opportunity to apply for an SBA loan for physical damage from July’s flood has passed, but SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) are still available. May 6, 2024 is the EIDL filing deadline for businesses and nonprofits in all of Vermont’s 14 counties that cannot meet financial obligations because of the flood. If you […]

Trade Updates | Member Contribution

The following is provided by AIV member A.N Deringer Panama and Suez Canals Update: Hardships predicted in the upcoming New Year We have received more updates regarding the conditions in the Panama and Suez Canals. Additional carriers have announced a temporary halt of services in the Red Sea and Suez Canal. Furthermore, the ongoing challenges […]