COVID-19 Related UI Issues for Vermont Employers Under Discussion

The Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee has been working this week on S.10, which would extend and modify COVID-19 related changes to unemployment insurance impacting employers and beneficiaries that were enacted last year.  Generally, Act 91 expanded UI eligibility for individuals who leave their job for certain reasons related to COVID-19, and […]

New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

This Week in Committees

The following are selected items on committee calendars for the coming week that might be of interest to members.  Schedules are subject to change.  If you would like more in­formation on any of these issues or others of interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@aivt.org.  You can also review full agendas […]

Legislation Passed Extending Workers’ Compensation Presumptions | Employers Should Document Compliance with State Guidance on COVID-19 Protocols; Consideration of Vaccination Still Unresolved

After quick action by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the House and Senate this week passed S.9, with only technical amendments to the version of the bill passed the previous week by the Senate, to extend provisions enacted last year to provide a presumption for workers’ compensation of COVID-19 under certain circumstances.  The […]

Legislation Extending Presumption of Workers’ Compensation Coverage for COVID-19 Moving Forward

S.9, which would extend presumptions for workers’ compensation coverage for cases of COVID-19 under certain circumstances, passed the Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee earlier this week and was rushed to final passage by the full Senate today (click here for the bill as approved by the Committee).  The bill will move to […]

New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

Economic Development and Business Support Proposal Announced

Governor Scott has announced a proposal for an additional $133 million in economic relief and recovery initiatives, using funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the federal CARES Act. Funding would support expanded economic recovery grants, targeted relief to tourism and hospitality industries, $150 worth of ‘Buy Local’ incentives for every Vermont household, […]

Legislation Passes Expanding Workers’ Compensation Presumptions for COVID-19 | Employer Compliance with ACCD Guidance Critical

The Legislature rushed to pass S.342 in the closing days before recessing Friday until August 25.  The bill would create a rebuttable presumption that COVID-19 is a compensable workplace illness across all sectors, although the bill defines “front-line” workers who would have the stronger presumption, while employers of non “front-line” workers would have more options […]