Act 250 9(L) Guidance Update and Remaining Public Comment

Following stakeholder engagement during the past year, the Department of Housing and Community development recently released what they presented as the final version of Guidance for Act 250 9(L), as well as a summary of the comments they had received.  The comments document indicates if they included the recommendation or why they did not. The […]

Vermont Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Vermont Department of Labor is seeking public comment and to engage stakeholders in the dialogue about the changes to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Department is soliciting ideas and feedback for the state’s WIOA Unified Plan. According to the draft plans’ opening Overview: The State of Vermont is submitting this […]

National News Notes: International Trade; EU Tax Disclosure Rules

The following is provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM. Senate Approves Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The New York Times (2/11, Calmes, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, “The Senate gave overwhelming final approval” to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, “the most comprehensive overhaul of customs law in decades, […]

A New Format for News & Views

News & Views, the oldest and most respected newsletter for Vermont’s industrial and business community, is getting an overhaul! This new format is intended to provide news and analysis that is more timely, updatable, searchable, and otherwise useful and convenient for our members. This new format will continue to evolve as we get feedback from members and […]

Human Resources Seminar Available

AIV held a Human Resources seminar January 20 addressing key issues facing Vermont employers in 2016. The three primary subjects discussed, mandatory paid leave, marijuana legalization, and independent contractors/employee classification, are also addressed in other postings below. If you were unable to attend this seminar, AIV will be enabling those interested in seeing the seminar […]

Update and Action Alert: Mandatory Paid Leave Vote Next Week

The Senate is expected to take up H.187, requiring Vermont employers to provide paid leave, this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate Economic Development Committee approved an amended version of the bill this Thursday. The bill remains largely unchanged in its core provisions from the version passed by the House last year, and AIV and […]

Independent Contractors/Employee Classification: Prospects for Reform?

The House Commerce Committee reviewed two major proposals to address employee classification and the controversies and complications surrounding independent contractors this week. Although significant challenges remain ahead, the review suggested that a positive compromise could be possible, at least in the House. As you might be aware, employers have faced increasing problems in recent years […]

Marijuana Legalization Moving?

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote today on legislation to legalize marijuana in Vermont. If the bill is approved, it is likely to be reviewed by a number of other committees before it might reach the Senate floor, including the Economic Development Committee and the Finance Committee, each of which have jurisdiction over […]

Vermont Labor Market

The Vermont Department of Labor recently released data on the Vermont economy for the time period covering December 2018. According to household data, the seasonally-adjusted statewide unemployment rate for December was 2.7%. This reflects no change from the revised November rate. Embedded in this calculation is the monthly estimate of the Vermont labor force which […]