Vermont Forward Plan Announced, Universal Guidance for Businesses, Travel Updates

Governor Phil Scott has released the Vermont Forward reopening plan to help Vermonters and local businesses see the path for a phased return to unrestricted travel, business operations, and event gatherings. The plan was developed by the Department of Health, the Department of Public Safety, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and uses […]

Updated Guidance and Resources from the IRS

IRS provides guidance for employers claiming the Employee Retention Credit for first two quarters of 2021 The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance for employers (click here) claiming the Employee Retention Credit under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) modified by the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 (Relief […]

PPP Extended; Timely Applications Encouraged | PPP Webinars Continue

Although the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act recently extended the timeframe to apply for PPP to May 31, there is no guarantee allocated funds will be available through that deadline. Small business owners in particular wanting to obtain a PPP loan should apply immediately. To learn more about PPP and your eligibility, join the SBA […]

Special ACCD and Department of Health Webinar for Vermont Manufacturers February 17

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development has reached out to AIV to dedicate the next installment of their business webinar series to manufacturers and their issues and concerns.  The Vermont Department of Health and ACCD have been holding a mostly weekly webinar series focused on health and commerce pandemic updates for the business community. […]

New COVID-19 Workplace Guidance from OSHA

Responding to the recent executive order on worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued stronger guidance on identifying coronavirus exposure risks and implementing a COVID-19 Prevention Program at work.  Click here.

COVID-19 Related UI Issues for Vermont Employers Under Discussion

The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee has been working this week on S.10, which would extend and modify COVID-19 related changes to unemployment insurance impacting employers and beneficiaries that were enacted last year.  Generally, Act 91 expanded UI eligibility for individuals who leave their job for certain reasons related to COVID-19, and […]

Overview of New Presidential Executive Orders Impacting Employers

The new Administration has issued numerous executive orders  addressing COVID-19, racial and gender equality, climate issues, the economy, immigration, and other issues. The following are a few key orders of particular interest to manufacturers and other employers: Protecting Worker Health and Safety (click here). This order instructs OSHA to update employer guidance on how to […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

US durable goods orders show modest 0.2% December gain.  AP 1/26 “Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a modest 0.2% in December, held back by a big drop in the volatile aircraft sector. A key category that tracks business investment decisions slowed. . . .” Labor market trends show emphasis on digital […]

PPP First and Second Draw Webinars on Wednesdays | Forgiveness Webinars Also Continue on Tuesdays

The SBA Vermont District Office is hosting free webinars from 9:00 to 10:30 am on Wednesdays addressing the Paycheck Protection Program First Draw and Second Draw options.  Addressed will be what is a PPP loan, terms, eligibility, the application process, what is the difference between them, what has changed with the Economic Aid Act, etc.  […]

Legislation Passed Extending Workers’ Compensation Presumptions | Employers Should Document Compliance with State Guidance on COVID-19 Protocols; Consideration of Vaccination Still Unresolved

After quick action by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the House and Senate this week passed S.9, with only technical amendments to the version of the bill passed the previous week by the Senate, to extend provisions enacted last year to provide a presumption for workers’ compensation of COVID-19 under certain circumstances.  The […]