Worksite Wellness Virtual Workshop Series

The Vermont Department of Health is hosting a Worksite Wellness Virtual Workshop Series from October 2020 through April 2021 on the theme of “Cultivating Connection; Supporting Employee Wellbeing”.  Registration is now open for the November workshop on Supporting Remote Employees; Balancing Work and Family. View descriptions of all sessions and register for the November workshop […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Department of Labor has released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering September 2020. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for September was 4.2%. This reflects a decrease of six-tenths of one percentage point from the prior month’s revised estimate of 4.8%. The Vermont seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 12

Supply chain pros embrace AI for forecasting, inventory despite limitations during pandemic.  Supply Chain Dive 10/13 “Supply chain professionals are optimistic about the potential for artificial intelligence within their operations, but they have also struggled with the technology during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from Secondmind, which develops machine-learning applications for businesses. . […]

Technical Assistance Programs Still Available

ACCD encourages all businesses to look into free technical assistance options now available through the Small Business Recovery Technical Assistance Program (click here). Business support remains available in a variety of areas being provided by the state’s 12 regional development corporations and other partners.

Updated Resources and Guidance from USDOL and OSHA

Staying Safe in Flu Season Flu activity tends to rise in October and then peak between December and February. OSHA has tips to keep workers safe and limit the flu’s spread.  Click here. NDEAM Event Next Tuesday An online celebration on Oct. 20 will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month […]

Reminder | PPP Forgiveness Webinars Tuesdays and Thursdays

As noted in the past, the SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays to discuss Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness and other changes. To streamline the PPP forgiveness process, a simpler forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 5

  Why Do So Many Lean Efforts Fail?  IndustryWeek 10/8 “There’s been a problem simmering in the lean world for years. The problem is the overwhelmingly high failure rate. What failure means is subject to interpretation but the available surveys and studies done reflect a large problem. In my view, it’s time for deeper reflection. […]

Simpler PPP Forgiveness for $50,000 Loans or Less

The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to many small businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. Click here for more.

Travel FAQs and Employee Health Surveys Updates

ACCD has posted updated guidance for traveling to Vermont (click here) and essential travel (click here), as well as a clarification on which employees should complete health surveys (click here). Review the ACCD Work Safe memo for all current guidance in place.  Click here.

Updated Resources and Guidance from the IRS

October 15 deadline nears for taxpayers who requested tax filing extensions For taxpayers who filed an extension, the October 15, 2020, due date to file their 2019 tax return is near. Taxpayers should file their tax returns on or before the October 15 deadline. An IRS news release on this topic includes information and links […]