Potential Increases in Fossil Fuel Costs Fails in Close Veto Override Vote, But Issue Won’t Go Away

The House on Tuesday narrowly sustained the Governor’s veto of H.715, which would have directed the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to develop Clean Heat Standard rules.  Under the Clean Heat Standard, sellers of heating oil, propane, kerosene, natural gas, and coal would have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the Vermont thermal sector by […]

Economic Development Bill Passes Legislature, Includes Aid and Incentives for Employers and Employees

The final conference report for S.11, which became the latest and last vehicle for attaching a wide range of economic development and other provisions that have evolved over this session,  has passed the Legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s action.  It includes a number of provisions intended to help certain employers and employees.  Unfortunately it […]

All EIDLS Deferred Until 2022

The Small Business Administration reminds all Economic Injury Disaster Loan borrowers the agency extended deferment period for all disaster loans, including COVID-19 EIDLs, until 2022. All SBA disaster loans made in calendar year 2020, including COVID-19 EIDL, will have a first payment due date extended from 12-months to 24-months from the date of the note. […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM and the Manufacturing Institute are hosting the following webinars and events that you might find of interest: Are Manufacturers Cyber-Ready for Today and Tomorrow? July 15, 2:00 pm. Click here for more. Putting Employees First with Augmented Reality. July 19, 2:00 pm. Click here for more. Best Practices […]

Economic Recovery Bridge Program Opens to Additional Businesses

As of July 7, 2021, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) is expanding eligibility for its Economic Recovery Bridge Program.  With this change, ACCD is now accepting applications from organizations that have received prior State of Federal assistance. Under the expanded guidelines, organizations that can demonstrate; 1) a 2020 tax loss; and 2) that the organization suffered […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Teen Worker Safety Young worker injuries have risen since 2016. Here are seven ways employers can make sure their young workers stay safe on the job.  Click here. Labor Council Meeting This week, we participated in the first Labor Council meeting under the USMCA to discuss the agreement’s labor chapter provisions, Mexico’s labor law reforms […]

Changing COVID Guidance: Where to Go with Workplace Policies and Practices?

As expected, this week Vermont lifted its key workplace requirements related to COVID.  This comes after OSHA released updates to its workplace guidance based on the preceding changes from the CDC regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated employees. As requirements have been lifted, employers have flexibility but also some uncertainty about recommended guidance and best practices. The […]

Regional Security Roundtable for Critical Manufacturing Sector

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Region 1 will be hosting a kickoff virtual Critical Manufacturing Sector Security Roundtable on June 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. This Security Roundtable is a unique opportunity to bring together critical manufacturing sector stakeholders across Region 1 — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont […]

White House Releases 100-Day Supply Chain Review

The Biden administration has issued a report entitled “Building Resilient Supply Chains, Revitalizing American Manufacturing, and Fostering Broad-Based Growth” (click here) that concludes the 100-day review required under Executive Order (E.O.) 14017 “America’s Supply Chains.” (click here). The review focused on four critical industries: (1) semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging; (2) large capacity batteries, including […]