Action Alert | Preparing for Labor and Workplace Issues Facing Vermont Manufacturers

Several labor and workplace proposals were major issues in the State House during the last legislative session.  Although AIV and our allies were ultimately successful in helping to forestall potentially costly legislation, it can be expected that key issues will return to center stage in the new Legislature and additional issues will need to be […]

Vermont Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation Final Proposed Rules Filed

The final proposed rules for Workers’ Compensation Vocational Rehabilitation have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office and the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (LCAR).  The rules are tentatively on the LCAR agenda for October 18. The link to the final proposal can be found here:  http://labor.vermont.gov/legal-information/proposed-rules/.  It is the next to last rule […]

Reduction in Taxable Wage Base for Unemployment Insurance Announced for 2019

On October 4, the Department of Labor announced that, beginning January 1, 2019, employers will see a reduction in the taxable wage base amount that they currently pay on unemployment taxes by $2,000. Nearly 22,600 employers remit state unemployment taxes to the Department of Labor on an annual basis. These taxes are deposited into the […]

Highlights of Recent Federal Developments Related to Labor and Workplace Issues

The following are recent notes on federal developments related to labor and workplace issues provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM.  For more information, contact us at info@aivt.org.  EEOC Releases Preliminary FY 2018 Sexual Harassment Data The EEOC recently announced preliminary data for Fiscal Year 2018 regarding sexual harassment. The report notes that […]

Labor Relations Board Opening

In accordance with the provisions of 3 VSA 921, the Commissioner of Labor and the Labor Board Review Panel are reopening nominations for a vacant neutral seat on the Vermont Labor Relations Board.  The deadline for the receipt of nominations is Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Qualified candidates’ names will be submitted by the Panel to […]

2019 Minimum Wage Update

The minimum wage in Vermont is scheduled to increase to $10.78 on January 1, 2019. An updated minimum wage poster for workplaces can be found here: http://labor.vermont.gov/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/Minimum-Wage-Poster.pdf.

New Federal Compliance Assistance Website: employer.gov

The US Department of Labor recently released a new website — www.employer.gov— as a resource for employers to have a plain language explanation of the various safety, contractor, discrimination, and wage laws that are applicable at the federal level. This new website joins the already existing worker website — www.worker.gov — that informs workers of the rights […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of September 24

US, Canada reach NAFTA deal.  The Hill 9/30 “The U.S. and Canada have reached a deal on an updated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiators in Washington and Ottawa worked furiously into the night to meet a self-imposed midnight Sunday deadline. . . .” Manufacturers Need Action to End the Unfair Postal Subsidy. […]

On the Wire | News & Analysis from the Web for the Week of September 17

With its last easy decision, Fed will try to avoid adding fuel to the fire.  MarketWatch 9/24 “Ask any Wall Street economist if the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates at its September meeting and the answer is “of course.”  “For now, the FOMC appears comfortable with quarterly rate hikes,” said Michael Gapen, chief U.S. economist […]

UPDATE | Status of Minimum Wage Increase

The Senate last week voted out S.40 to increase the minimum wage.  The bill is expected to be referred to the House General, Housing, and Military Affairs Committee this week.  Members are strongly encouraged to contact Representatives in opposition to the bill, which would be the third significant overhaul and increase in the base minimum […]