Federal Updates | New Proposed Federal Labor Rules

The following updates are provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM. Proposed Rule: Regular Rate Under the FLSA.  On March 29, DOL published a proposed rule on the regular rate under the Fair Labor Standards Act. This proposed rule would make clear what employers must include in the calculations of a nonexempt employee’s […]

Action Alert | Draft Reissuance and Amendment to Construction General Permit 3-9020

ANR is proposing to issue a general permit for stormwater runoff from construction sites.  The draft permit is referred to as General Permit 3-9020 (2019). On September 13, 2006, the Agency issued General Permit 3-9020 (2006) for Stormwater Construction Runoff from Construction Sites.  In February 2008, the Agency amended General Permit 3-9020 to the current […]

Action Alert | Report Highlights Chemicals that Could Receive Additional Regulatory or Legislative Attention, Also Suggests Bans on Certain Products Containing Flame Retardants

Action Request | Contact AIV to Stay Informed and Engaged As noted below, it would benefit all manufacturers to be aware of and review the draft biennial report of the Interagency Committee on Chemical Management, particularly those that file reports under Tier II of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), and especially […]

Worksite Wellness Award Application Period Open

The 2019 Worksite Wellness Award application period is open.  The application process has been revised this year, with a new Worksite Wellness Assessment tool created to help employers assess what policy, program, and environmental supports are currently in place to promote the health and wellness of employees.  It is broken down into seven sections that […]

Vermont SBA Accepting Nominations for 2019 Small Business Awards

The Small Business Administration Vermont District Office is accepting nominations for its 2019 small business awards.  The awards recognize businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to the economy. The award categories are: Small Business Person of the Year Exporter of the Year Family-Owned Business of the Year Woman-Owned Small Business of the […]

PUBLIC COMMENT | Impact of Federal Regulations, Model for Feedback on State Regulations

The Trump Administration issued a presidential memorandum in January on permit streamlining and reducing regulatory burdens for manufacturers (click here for the memorandum). Today, the federal Department of Commerce published a Request for Information. Click here for the RFI. Specifically, the request is for information on how the “construction, operation and expansion of domestic manufacturing […]

Action Alerts | PFOA Contamination Continues to Motivate Broader Chemical and Environmental Regulations; Manufacturers and Others Should Be Aware and Consider Engagement

As reported previously, PFOA contamination in southern Vermont has prompted a range of legislative and regulatory responses that address issues far beyond the scope of just PFOA. Several new posts for News & Views address the most pressing legislative and regulatory developments that warrant the attention of manufacturers and others subject to or professionally engaged […]

Action Alert | PFOA/PFOS Emergency Rules Filed; Final Rule Proposals Pending

On April 13, ANR filed emergency rules with respect to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Specifically, ANR has amended the Vermont Groundwater Protection Rule and Strategy to adopt the Health Advisories established by the Department of Health for PFOA and PFOS. ANR has also amended the Vermont Hazardous Waste Management Regulations to list […]