DEC Issues Reminder on Water Quality Checks at Reopening Businesses

The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding businesses that are reopening to check, and if needed, flush their water systems to ensure the best water quality for employees or patrons.  DEC has issued guidance to help businesses (click here) ensure their systems are functioning properly upon restart of operations.

State Legislature Begins to Return to Non-COVID-19 Legislation

After approximately two months of focusing primarily on COVID-19 related briefings and some legislation, a number of legislators have been pressing to resume action on legislation that was being discussed prior to the crisis.  This pressure led to the first major development this week when the Senate leadership gave the green light to a number […]

Questions Continue to Surround Legislation to Provide Grants to “Frontline” Workers

As reported previously, S.346 was passed by the Senate and would provide grants for certain critical/essential employees who worked during the last two months (see related post here).  As the bill developed, questions were raised about the appropriate scope of the bill, the period of time it should apply to, whether federal COVID-19 funding would […]

Childcare Providers to Prepare for Reopening

Governor Scott announced today that childcare providers may reopen on June 1.  Providers can begin bringing back staff and preparing sites on May 18 according to CDC and Department of Health guidelines. Childcare provider supplemental funding will cease but will be replaced by restart grants to assist centers in the costs of preparing to reopen, […]

AIV COVID-19 Resources Page Updated

We have updated our COVID-19 Resources page on our website with new links and information regarding restarting and continuing business operations as well as links to financial assistance information.  Click here to review. We will be adding to these and other topics in the coming days, and we strongly encourage you to review the information […]

Follow Up on Friday’s Guidance for Manufacturers and Others Resuming Operations

As reported Friday, Governor Scott released Addendum 12 (click here) to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order which includes updated mandatory health and safety guidelines for the continued phased restart of business in the state. It also provides updates on the size of work crews for outdoor businesses, construction, manufacturing, and distribution operations.  ACCD […]

House Committees Considering Grant Program for Manufacturers Retooling to Provide PPE

Following testimony in April by AIV, RDCs, and VMEC on our efforts to connect Vermont manufacturers with their peers and the state to produce PPE and other critically needed supplies and services to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee has developed legislation, introduced as H.945, to provide grants to […]

Department of Labor Reminds Employers that Unemployment Claimants Called Back Must Accept Suitable Work, Notes Rules for PPP, and Provides Reporting Portal

The Department of Labor has issued a reminder for employers and unemployed Vermonters that apart for some exceptions, such as those who have been exposed to COVID-19, or individuals who must care for a family member, those on unemployment who refuse to return to suitable work may risk losing benefits.  Additionally, individuals who have been […]