Reminder:  Paycheck Protection Program Deadline

The deadline to apply for funding through the Paycheck Protection Program is Saturday, August 8. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll (click here for more). The Small Business Administration (click here) will forgive loans if all employee retention […]

Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program to Open

The Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (DFPR) will open the application for the Forest Economy Stabilization Grant Program August 5.  Click here for more. Qualifying businesses must meet eligibility criteria and grant award calculations will be based on actual demonstrated economic harm during the pandemic. A recording of an informational webinar for applicants will […]

Economic Recovery Grants Program Expanded

Vermont has expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the original eligibility criteria, a business was required to have at least one W-2 employee who was not an owner of that business. Starting August 3, businesses with at least one W-2 employee – now including those […]

Additional Guidance on FLSA, FMLA, and FFCRA

The US Department of Labor has announced additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how the requirements and protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Family First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) impact the workplace as America continues to reopen from the coronavirus. The […]

Vermont Economic Recovery Grants Still Available

There is still money available and time remains to apply for Vermont Economic Recovery Grants. Funds are available to Vermont businesses who can demonstrate a revenue decline of at least 50% in any one-month period from March 1 to August 31, when compared with the same month in 2019.  Last week, $33 million in grant […]

Vermont Sole Proprietor Grants Available

An economic relief grant program is available to provide grants of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 to qualifying sole proprietors through a lottery draw – it is not first come, first serve. The program is funded through $1.5 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s CDBG Program, and passed through ACCD. The application window opens […]

COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program Now Open

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is now accepting applications for the COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program for dairy producers and processors who have experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of the pandemic. $25 million is available for businesses through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. For details about the […]

Updated Resources and Guidelines from USDOL and OSHA

The following are recently posted or updated guidance and resources from the US Department of Labor and OSHA:  New FMLA Forms and RFI The Department streamlined optional-use forms that workers and employers can use to request and coordinate leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (click here).  They also published a Request for Information […]

Government Assistance for Manufacturers Helping Supply COVID-19 Response Needs

The Commercial Solution Opening is a program for manufacturers to submit proposals to address federal government needs in responding to COVID-19.  It can help US companies secure cost-sharing agreements to expand production capacity for critical medical and related supplies.  Specific areas of interest include Masks, Pharmaceutical Industrial Base Expansion, Screening & Diagnostics, and Personal Protection […]

New Initial UI Claimants to Receive Verification Call to Help Address Fraud

Beginning July 14, individuals who established an initial claim for unemployment insurance benefits with the Vermont Department of Labor may receive a phone call to confirm their identity and intent to file. This extra step is being taken to protect Vermonters against fraudulent filers using their personal information. This type of “imposter fraud” has been […]