Federal Agencies Regulatory Agenda

Last week, the Biden Administration published its “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” (click here), the biannual report on actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and long term. Although the Agenda tends to be aspirational, it provides important insights about proposed regulatory and deregulatory actions, as well as broader priorities, at […]

Workforce Training Grants Available to On-Board and Upskill Staff 

The Vermont Training Program (VTP) helps fund innovative solutions to today’s workforce challenges.  VTP grants can cover up to 50% of expenses related to training and up-skilling staff, including employee wages for time spent training on the job. Training can be on-site or through an outside provider and funds can even be used to establish […]

UI Tax Reductions for the Coming Year, Better than Expected Trust Fund Recovery and AIV-Led Reforms Help

The Vermont Department of Labor has announced that effective July 1, 2022, employer unemployment insurance taxes will decrease as the UI tax schedule moves from Schedule III to Schedule I. This change is part of an annual statutory calculation performed by the Department based on the Trust Fund’s reserves and historical demands. In addition, taxable […]

Survey Regarding Returning to Work After the Pandemic

In March, the Vermont Department of Labor contributed a series of questions to a statewide poll in order to learn more about the population of Vermonters that were in the labor force prior to the pandemic but have yet to return. In particular, VDOL was interested in why people have not returned. Click here for […]

Updated Guidance and Resources from the USDOL/OSHA

Good Jobs Summit USDOL spearheaded the Good Jobs Summit this week. The summit highlighted government policies it believes empower working people. The Departments of Labor and Commerce also released Good Jobs Principles.  Click here to watch the summit, and click here to find the Good Jobs Principles.  To learn more about the Good Jobs Initiative, […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

Economic Indicators.  US Census Bureau 6/3 NAM Pushes for Smart SEC Cyber Rule.  NAM 6/3 “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a rule that would impose new cybersecurity disclosure requirements on manufacturers—and the NAM is pushing to make those requirements work better. . . .” Productivity and Costs.  Bureau of Labor Statistics 6/2  […]

Workforce Shortage? Hire Youth this Summer 

The Governor’s Afterschool Task Force, which is working to create more afterschool and summer programing for Vermont kids, recently launched a new website and survey for Vermont employers offering seasonal or year-round employment opportunities for youth. If your business already offers, or is interested in offering, meaningful employment to youth, please find more information and list […]

Compensation Trends in Manufacturing

The following is provided in cooperation with our national partners and allies at the Manufacturing Institute: In data and conversations, manufacturers continue to recount the difficulties that they are having with attracting and retaining workers. Compensation practices have needed to adapt – sharply for some companies – considering the local and national competition for workers, […]

Vermont Internship Program Grant Application Now Available

The Vermont Department of Labor is now accepting applications for the 2022 Vermont Internship Program. Funded by VDOL, the program will award $400,000 to eligible organizations. Click here for more. What is the Vermont Internship Program? The Vermont Internship Program promotes internships by providing grants to organizations that support or connect Vermont employers with student-interns […]