Update and Action Alert | Statewide Testing for PFAS and New ANR Authority Regarding Chemicals of Concern Advances; Other Chemical Bills Pending Significant Action

This coming week should see relatively little movement on the several chemical bills of concern to Vermont manufacturers and other employers, but this could change quickly in the next week or two.  For additional information and links related to the bills below, click here. PFAS and Chemicals of Emerging Concern The most recent development was […]

Proposal to Allow Attorney General to Investigate Employee Misclassification and Add Additional Penalties

S.108 would allow individuals to ask the Attorney General to investigate and impose penalties in cases of misclassification of employees as independent contractors with regard to worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, wage and hour, minimum wage, and paid sick leave.  It is currently under review in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. There are a […]

ACTION ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

S.37 is currently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which could act on the bill as soon as this coming Tuesday, February 26.  AIV and other stakeholders have provided testimony, and will continue to engage the Committee on this bill. As reported previously, S.37 contains provisions addressing legal and financial liability provisions that had been included […]

UPDATED | Legislation Banning Non-Compete Agreements Still Under Consideration

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee Friday received a revised version of H.1, legislation intended to severely limit non-compete agreements in Vermont.  The Committee is expected to review the new draft and work further on the legislation this Tuesday.  It is far from clear that the new draft will sufficiently address serious concerns with […]

UPDATED | New Legislation

The following are bills introduced in the Legislature this year that might be of particular interest to members, with first the House bills and then the Senate bills.  Click on the bill number for more about texts, sponsors, procedural history, and other information.  Keep in mind that the statements of purpose provided below are part […]

Action Alert | Preparing for Chemical Issues Facing Vermont Manufacturers

Regulation of chemicals and related matters, including new financial and legal liabilities, were major issues in the State House during the last legislative session, even more so than in recent years.  Although AIV and our coalition of stakeholders were ultimately successful in helping to forestall potentially damaging legislation, it can be expected that manufacturers and […]

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 […]

UPDATE | Status of Major Chemical Legislation

The following are updates on the status of key chemical related legislation addressed in recent posts.  Links are provided to recent posts with more substantive information.  Please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org for more information or to discuss options for engaging on these issues directly.  Also see this post on the related […]

ALERT | Legal and Financial Liabilities Related to Chemicals

Legislation, S.197, was introduced for the new legislative session that contains provisions addressing two of the three legal and financial liability provisions that had been included in the original version of S.103, the wide ranging chemical bill introduced last year. Specifically, S.197 would (1) expose any person who releases a toxic substance strictly, jointly, and […]

ALERT & FEEDBACK REQUEST | Ban on Mandatory Arbitration, Inconvenient Venue Clauses?

The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing S.105, which proposes to prohibit forced arbitration of consumer disputes. The current draft and other information about the bill can be reviewed here. AIV encourages manufacturers to review the bill and provide feedback to us about potential concerns and recommendations as we consider potential testimony and related engagement.  Companies […]