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‘Ban the Box’ bill becomes law in Vermont

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In order to help people with criminal convictions find employment and build successful lives, Governor Peter Shumlin has signed a bill to remove questions about criminal records from the very first part of job applications in Vermont. “Banning the box” will give those with criminal records a fair chance at a good job and reduce the risk of recidivism and incarceration. The law follows a 2015 Executive Order signed by Governor Shumlin to implement a “ban the box” hiring policy for state jobs.

Gifford Hospital capital campaign approaches $5 million goal

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vision for the Future, the largest capital campaign in Gifford’s 113-year history, is making a final push to wrap up its $5 million fundraising goal. With just $397,000 to go, the campaign committee is asking everyone to consider contributing to help raise this final amount. Silently launched in 2013, the campaign has raised more than $4.6 million to support a 3-phased project: building a new Menig Nursing Home to anchor a senior living community, the creation of private inpatient rooms at the main medical center, and a new, updated Birthing Center.

Partnership set to improve care for children with special health care needs

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine, a national provider of team-based care coordination technology and services, has announced a partnership with the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP), a population-based maternal and child health services research and quality improvement program of the University of Vermont (UVM).

Merchants Bank supports Spectrum Services with $5,000 donation

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bank is supporting Spectrum Youth and Family Services with a $5,000 donation to the Basic Needs and Stable Homes programs. Funding will help vulnerable youth with critical support including meals, material needs, shelter, housing and improved connections to community support services. Last winter, the Spectrum Drop-In Center published a magazine called BTV Street Chronicles, containing testimonials, writing, and artwork from Burlington's homeless youth. 

Health Department: Take action to prevent Lyme disease

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A growing number of Vermonters are falling ill with diseases spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. These tickborne diseases are preventable if you take action to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors now, and in the warmer months ahead. The Health Department encourages Vermonters to follow these three simple steps to avoid tickborne diseases.

Zippia: Vermont sixth best for work/life balance

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 9:30am -- tim

by Chris Kolmar, Zippia All work and no play… well, you know the rest. That’s why it’s important to find a good balance between putting in the hours at the office—and on the golf course. (Feel free to replace golf course with your favorite leisure activity that isn’t boring.) No matter the type of fun, there are some states that seem to be better about penciling it in, in general, than others.

Dr Gregory: Better care for patients

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 5:05am -- tim

by Dr Todd D Gregory I am an Emergency physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC), where I have worked for the last nine years. In addition, I have been afforded the opportunity to observe—and participate in—discussions and planning around healthcare reform at the community and state level. There are many questions about what healthcare reform should look like and how it will affect us as patients, family members and providers of care.  

Norwich University elects new chairman of the board, General Sullivan retires

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Alan DeForest ’75 has been named chairman of the Board of Trustees at Norwich University. DeForest has served on the board since 2000. He replaces former Army Chief of Staff General Gordon R. Sullivan ’59, who joined the board in 1995, served as chairman since 2003 and stepped down at last week’s board meeting. Sullivan will continue to serve Norwich as Chairman Emeritus and Distinguished Leader in Residence, guiding Norwich in the following areas: Undergraduate Leadership; Peace and War Center; Center for Global Resilience and Security; Leadership and Change Institute; and as Honorary Chair of the Norwich Bicentennial.

Haskins Gas to pay $60,000 to settle consumer protection claims

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Haskins Gas Service, Inc, a Vermont company, has agreed to pay $45,600 to 96 Vermont consumers and $15,000 in civil penalties to the State of Vermont to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. The Attorney General found that when terminating propane service, Haskins failed to remove propane tanks and issue refund checks within the timeframes required by Vermont law.

VBSR, WBON urge Legislature to take no action on independent contractor bill this year

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine How Vermont defines the relationship between employers and workers is one the most fundamental regulatory issues for Vermont’s economy. In a statement released Monday morning, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Women Business Owners Network said employers deserve clear and consistent rules to follow and workers deserve both flexibility and access to the workplace safety net, such as unemployment and worker’s compensation benefits.