SBA:  Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Vermont Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Phil Scott today announced Vermont small business owners suffering economic injury due the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans, following a statewide disaster declaration. SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) offer up to $2 million in assistance per business, providing economic support to overcome temporary loss of revenue. EIDLs […]

DHS Announces Flexibility in Requirements Related to Form I-9 Compliance

Owing to precautions being implemented by employers and employees related to physical proximity associated with COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will exercise discretion to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) under Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Click here for […]

US Announces Restrictions on Nonessential Travel with Canada and Mexico

The United States and Canada will be restricting travel between the two countries to only essential travel. The travel restrictions do not apply to cross-border trade.  The Department of Homeland Security has explained that “nonessential travel” refers to travel for tourism or recreational purposes. The restrictions go into effect on March 21 and will be […]

Saturday Hours Announced for Unemployment Claims Center

The Department of Labor has announced updated hours at its Unemployment Insurance Claims Center, which will be open on Saturdays starting on Saturday, March 21. Updated hours are in addition to the newly added electronic form option for establishing benefit claims.   CLAIM CENTER HOURS: Monday through Friday: 8:15 am – 6:00 pm Saturday:  9:00 […]

EEOC:  Updated Guidance on ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19

The EEOC has issued updated guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act as they relate to COVID-19.  To review this page, click here. The EEOC has also updated its document, “Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act”.  To review this, click here.

Action Alert | Agency of Commerce Requests Spare N95 Facemasks

The following is a request from ACCD Deputy Secretary Ted Brady: The Agency of Commerce and Community Development is currently seeking manufacturers and construction companies with a supply of N95 facemasks to consider assisting in the state’s response to the COVID-19 virus by making these masks available to healthcare providers immediately.  N95 facemasks are a […]

The Week Ahead in Committee | Week of March 9

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 and also review full agendas […]

Action Alert | Proposed Changes to Renewable Mandates Could Cost Vermont Hundreds of Millions

The Senate Finance Committee has been considering legislation, S.267, that would make critical changes to Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard, which mandates renewable energy goals over the next decade or so.  These changes could cost Vermont ratepayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next ten years while contributing relatively little to Vermont’s climate goals given […]

The Week Ahead in Committee | Week of February 24

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 and also review full agendas […]

The Week Ahead in Committee | Week of February 17

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 and also review full agendas […]