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AG's office publishes workplace guidance on COVID-19-related concerns

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 2:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan today announced that his office has published the COVID-19 Pandemic Resources for Vermont Employers and Employees. The guidance, which follows a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) format, addresses a variety of issues—such as pay obligations during an Emergency Order or harassment of workers relating to COVID-19 fears.

CSWD Drop-Off Centers closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 1:59pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine All Chittenden Solid Waste District (CSWD) Drop-Off Centers (DOCs) will be closed on Tuesday, 3/24 and Wednesday, 3/25. This pause will enable us to deep-clean facilities, modify our facilities to provide safer interactions between our employees and the public, and provide thorough training on public interaction protocols under these unprecedented conditions.

VNAs of Vermont: Home health care and COVID-19

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 1:07pm -- tim

by Jill Mazza Olson, Executive Director, VNAs of Vermont Over the last two weeks, the VNAs of Vermont has been entirely focused on helping Vermont respond to COVID-19. We helped launch a coalition of health care provider groups who are working closely together to obtain the state and regulatory flexibility providers need at this time. Our mutual goal is to eliminate all state and federal regulatory barriers to an effective response to the crisis.

VPIRG supports emergency elections reforms

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Senate voted today to adopt a number of temporary emergency reforms to facilitate the functions of government and democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include changes to Vermont’s open meetings law and to elections, which could include a vote by mail process. The legislation (H681) was negotiated during a series of teleconference meetings conducted in recent days by the Senate Government Operations Committee, with public access. During the 2020 pandemic, portions of the open meetings law would be waived to allow public bodies to conduct business remotely, as long as the public is ensured access to the greatest extent possible. Many meetings will also be required to be recorded.

Vermont Guard helping to establish Medical Surge Facilities

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A total of 48 Soldiers and Airmen are now on state active duty (SAD) to support the states response to COVID-19. The National Guard Quick Reaction Force is supporting the state Medical Surge Task Force in the establishment of medical surge facilities at Gutterson Fieldhouse, the Barre Municipal Auditorium and at the Collins Perley Sports and Fitness Center over the next three days.

VLS gets $3 million grant to establish National Center on Restorative Justice

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Tuesday announced that Vermont Law School will receive a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish the nation’s first National Center on Restorative Justice. Leahy, the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has led a several-year effort to establish and fund the Center.  Leahy also has been a leader on criminal justice reform as a leading member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

SVMC sees increase of COVID-19 cases, issues new guidance

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 7:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), had four additional patients test positive for COVID-19 Monday. Preparations for an increase in COVID-19 cases include transforming the ambulance bay and other locations into Respiratory Evaluation Centers (REC). Additional work has increased the number of negative-pressure isolation rooms available at SVMC.

D-H Health seeks support for community and D-H Employee Relief Funds

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 6:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In an initiative launched on Saturday, March 21, 2020, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) is raising funds to support social service organizations responding to the increasingly urgent needs across the Upper Valley spanning both New Hampshire and Vermont as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In its first 24 hours, the appeal for the DH-H COVID-19 Community Relief Fund and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) employee-focused HOPE (Helping Our People in Emergencies) Fund raised a total of $217,965 from more than 140 donors.

Governor says more restrictions are coming

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 5:53pm -- tim

by Rachel Feldman, Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Governor Phil Scott, Congressman Peter Welch, and Vermont leaders Monday outlined further COVID-19 response measures the state will take. The key messages to Vermonters: prepare for fast-moving changes, don’t clear the grocery store shelves, maintain personal contact through safe means, and provide help for others.

Vermont tax deadline relief

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 5:32pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This means taxpayers can file and pay these taxes on or before July 15, 2020 without any penalty or interest. This includes any tax year 2020 estimated payments that were due for these taxes on April 15th, 2020. Although the filing deadline has moved, Vermonters can file their returns and claims any time before July 15. Anyone expecting a refund is encouraged to do so.