Vermont House Concurs with Senate on Limited COVID-19 Relief Bill

The House today concurred with the Senate-passed version of S.350, allocating the use of some of the CARES Act funding available to Vermont for COVID-19 relief.  The bill will now go to the Governor. The bill does not enact the initial proposals previously released by the Governor (see related post here).  Instead, the bill creates […]

EEOC COVID-19 Q&A Resource Updated, Watch Related Webinar

The EEOC has updated its online resource “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws”.  Click here for the updated web page. For related information, AIV’s national allies at NAM recently held a webinar on employment discrimination laws and COVID-19 issues with EEOC.  You can view the […]

OSHA Posts FAQ for Face Coverings and Respirators

OSHA has posted an FAQ page addressing cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators.  Questions addressed are: What are the key differences between cloth face coverings, surgical masks, and respirators? Are employers required to provide cloth face coverings to workers? Should workers wear a cloth face covering while at work, in accordance with the Centers […]

Roundup of Updates and Resources from the IRS

Tax Treatment of COVID-19 Donations Notice 2020-46 provides guidance under the Internal Revenue Code on the federal income and employment tax treatment of cash payments made by employers under leave-based donation programs to aid victims of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as described in the notice.  The notice provides that cash payments employers […]

Reminder: Main Street Lending Program Webinar Thursday 1:00 PM

The SBA Vermont District Office will offer a webinar on Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 pm about the new Main Street Lending Program for businesses with up to 15,000 employees and revenues of $5 billion or less that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.  An update on the Paycheck […]

Defense Production Act Loan Program for Re-Shoring Domestic Production Open

A Presidential Executive Order signed on May 14, 2020 (click here) provides International Development Finance Corporation lending authority under the DPA to re-shore domestic production of strategic resources needed to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and to strengthen any relevant domestic supply chains. The DFC has now posted background and application information for initiative (click […]

CDC Guidance for Office Workplaces

The CDC has posted guidance focused on reopening and safe operations for office workspaces, including for office-based employers, building owners and managers, and building operations specialists.  Click here for more. For more guidance resources for employers, click here.