Free Business Course for Vermont Entrepreneurs

The Small Business Administration is accepting applications for the 2021 Vermont Emerging Leaders Program which will be held virtually and is slated to begin in the spring. Emerging Leaders is an intensive executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s underserved cities and rural areas. During the course, small business […]

ACTION ALERT | Proposals Address Key Vermont Manufacturing Tax Priorities

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering two key areas of tax reform of importance to manufacturers.  The first is a carryover of proposals from last year to change the way corporate taxable income is apportioned to Vermont, which would benefit manufacturing.  The second is a new proposal from the Administration to expand the […]

Workers’ Compensation Rates to Decline in 2021

The Administration announced that Vermont businesses will see another rate decrease in workers’ compensation insurance in 2021. This is the fifth straight year workers’ compensation rates have decreased, and when combined with decreases from 2017-2020, Vermont employers will pay an average of 36% less in workers’ compensation premiums than they did in 2016. In the […]

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  You can also review full agendas […]

New COVID-19 Workplace Guidance from OSHA

Responding to the recent executive order on worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued stronger guidance on identifying coronavirus exposure risks and implementing a COVID-19 Prevention Program at work.  Click here.

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 […]

Feedback Needed | Opportunity to Address Issues with Vermont’s Machinery and Equipment Sales Tax Exemption

In reviewing the tax related proposals in the Administration’s budget proposal before the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this week, the Tax Department included a proposal to reform the criteria for applying Vermont’s sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment. Currently Vermont’s statute (32 VSA §9741(14)) exempts from sales tax “machinery and equipment […]

Overview of New Presidential Executive Orders Impacting Employers

The new Administration has issued numerous executive orders  addressing COVID-19, racial and gender equality, climate issues, the economy, immigration, and other issues. The following are a few key orders of particular interest to manufacturers and other employers: Protecting Worker Health and Safety (click here). This order instructs OSHA to update employer guidance on how to […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer | Webinars

The following are provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Forced Labor: Emerging Developments in Your Supply Chain February 2, 2:00 to 3:00 pm This webinar will address recent developments in legislation and administrative actions (e.g., withhold release orders, importer questionnaires, detentions, etc.) regarding forced labor within supply chains, as well as due diligence steps that […]