Update and Action Alert | Statewide Testing for PFAS and New ANR Authority Regarding Chemicals of Concern Advances; Other Chemical Bills Pending Significant Action

This coming week should see relatively little movement on the several chemical bills of concern to Vermont manufacturers and other employers, but this could change quickly in the next week or two.  For additional information and links related to the bills below, click here. PFAS and Chemicals of Emerging Concern The most recent development was […]

Suspicious Account Activity Identified in the State’s Unemployment Insurance Claimant System

The Vermont Department of Labor has identified eight cases of fraudulent activity in the Unemployment Insurance Claimant Portal System. Based on their initial review, this activity appears to involve individual claimant accounts, in which personal information was used to gain unauthorized access to the Unemployment Insurance system. The state police are actively investigating this incident, […]

Update and Action Alert | Mandatory Paid Family Leave and Minimum Wage

Both major labor bills this year, H.107, imposing mandatory paid family leave, and S.23, raising the minimum wage, have remain under committee consideration.  The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee is reviewing H.107, while the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee is reviewing S.23.  AIV continues to work with coalition partners in […]

Federal Updates | New Proposed Federal Labor Rules

The following updates are provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM. Proposed Rule: Regular Rate Under the FLSA.  On March 29, DOL published a proposed rule on the regular rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This proposed rule would make clear what employers must include in the calculations of a nonexempt employee’s […]

Action Alert | Mandatory Paid Family Leave On the House Floor

H.107, imposing mandatory paid family leave, is currently in the House Appropriations Committee, which is expected to approve the bill early next week and it is expected to come to the House floor Wednesday or Thursday.  The bill is expected to follow the recommendations of the House Ways and Means Committee, which modified a number […]

Action Alert | Draft Reissuance and Amendment to Construction General Permit 3-9020

ANR is proposing to issue a general permit for stormwater runoff from construction sites.  The draft permit is referred to as General Permit 3-9020 (2019). On September 13, 2006, the Agency issued General Permit 3-9020 (2006) for Stormwater Construction Runoff from Construction Sites.  In February 2008, the Agency amended General Permit 3-9020 to the current […]

98th AIV Annual Meeting | Energy and Vermont’s Economy: Challenges and Responses for Competitiveness

98th AIV Annual Meeting _______________________________ Energy and Vermont’s Economy Challenges and Responses for Competitiveness _______________________________    Friday, March 8   |   Capitol Plaza, Montpelier _______________________________ AIV’s annual meeting is a premier forum for addressing critical economic issues facing Vermont, bringing together leaders from across business and public sectors, and we are holding our 98th Annual Meeting March 8 at […]

ACTION ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

S.37 is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which could act on the bill as soon as this coming Tuesday, February 26.  AIV and other stakeholders have provided testimony, and will continue to engage the Committee on this bill. As reported previously, S.37 contains provisions addressing legal and financial liability provisions that had been included […]

UPDATED | Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements Still Under Consideration

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee Friday received a revised version of H.1, legislation intended to severely limit non-compete agreements in Vermont.  The Committee is expected to review the new draft and work further on the legislation this Tuesday.  It is far from clear that the new draft will sufficiently address serious concerns with […]