IRS Resources for Business Owners

IRS Resources for Business Owners The IRS is reaching out with a small business initiative highlighting several tax law changes affecting business owners. Below are key items of interest. Some of the topics include: changes in depreciation/expensing, accounting methods, and the blended corporate tax rate.  AIV has been asked to share these resources with our […]

4th Annual National Apprenticeship Week in Vermont

This week is the fourth National Apprenticeship Week with the theme of “Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow.  National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to showcase how businesses, labor, educational institutions, trade and industry groups, and public officials across the nation are expanding apprenticeships to develop a skilled, dedicated workforce. Also recognized by the state of Vermont, Apprenticeship […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of November 5

SEC to review corporate democracy rules risking investor clash.  Reuters 11/9 “The U.S. securities regulator is set to review this month rules on corporate democracy, setting it up for a clash with investors who worry the agency will side with companies to diminish voting rights on charged issues like climate change and gun violence. . . .” NSA official: […]

Worksite Wellness Award Application Period Open

The 2019 Worksite Wellness Award application period is open.  The application process has been revised this year, with a new Worksite Wellness Assessment tool created to help employers assess what policy, program, and environmental supports are currently in place to promote the health and wellness of employees.  It is broken down into seven sections that […]

Vermont SBA Accepting Nominations for 2019 Small Business Awards

The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its 2019 small business awards.  The awards recognize businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to the economy. The award categories are: Small Business Person of the Year Exporter of the Year Family-Owned Business of the Year Woman-Owned Small Business of the […]

New Federal Compliance Assistance Website: employer.gov

The US Department of Labor recently released a new website — www.employer.gov— as a resource for employers to have a plain language explanation of the various safety, contractor, discrimination, and wage laws that are applicable at the federal level. This new website joins the already existing worker website — www.worker.gov — that informs workers of the rights […]

Phone Lines for Employer Services & Program Integrity Units Repaired and Fully Functioning

The Vermont Department of Labor’s Employer Services and Program Integrity Units within the Unemployment Insurance Division experienced technical difficulties last week involving public phone lines. Those technical issues have been resolved, and all phone lines have been repaired and are functioning. The Program Integrity Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4333, and the Employer Services […]

Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers

The Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in Supporting Mature Workers recognizes Vermont employers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to employment practices that benefit and support the inclusion and retention of mature workers. Employers who believe they have employment practices and policies that are highly supportive of the mature workforce are encouraged to apply. Key selection criteria […]

2017 Heat Illness Prevention Resources

The following is based on recent releases from VOSHA and OSHA:  OSHA’s Office of Communications is preparing to soon launch the annual Heat Illness Prevention Campaign which will include an updated Heat Illness Prevention webpage and social media efforts using #WaterRestShade.  Once again, OOC will be looking for examples of steps that employers are taking […]