ACTION ALERT | Update on Legislation Impacting UI Benefits and Taxes; Employer Engagement Now Focuses on the House

The Senate last week passed S.10, legislation impacting UI benefits and taxes, with amendments.  The bill is now pending review and action in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, which could take the legislation up as soon as next week. Current Provisions and Issues The bill includes a number of provisions, some of which […]

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 […]

This Week in Committees

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org.  You can also review full agendas […]

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. […]

This Week in Committees

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org.  You can also review full agendas […]

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 […]

Governor Scott Delivers Budget Address

Governor Scott today delivered his fifth budget address to the General Assembly, presenting a budget that, with the help of federal stimulus, includes $210 million in new investments to strengthen the economy, create more and better paying jobs, and address priorities like downtown revitalization, infrastructure, broadband, and climate change without raising taxes or existing fees […]

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 […]

Legislation Extending Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Coverage for COVID-19 Moving Forward

S.9, which would extend presumptions for workers’ compensation coverage for cases of COVID-19 under certain circumstances, passed the Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee earlier this week and was rushed to final passage by the full Senate today (click here for the bill as approved by the Committee).  The bill will move to […]