Essential Service Designations:
- The State has identified various critical services and functions within the health care, law enforcement, infrastructure, construction and manufacturing, lodging and news media sectors. It has deemed essential various retail operations including grocery stores, banks and hardware stores. For a detailed list, see here. (March 24)
Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:
- Starting Wednesday October 28, Vermont employers will be able to apply for hazard pay on behalf of their employees from 26 different business categories, including grocery stores, pharmacies and childcare providers. (October 23)
- Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Labor announced changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program that will reduce employers’ UI tax rates and increase the maximum weekly benefit amount for UI claimants. (June 23)
- Vermont released reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.
- The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Agency (VOSHA) released online training materials for employees and employers which can be found here.
- Governor Scott signed an Executive Order requiring operating businesses to: implement physical distancing, health, and sanitation measures; require employees to wear face masks; and for employers to provide – and for employees to complete – training on health and safety requirements. (April 24)
Economic Stimulus & Relief:
- Governor Scott announced an expansion of the state’s Economic Recovery Grants, utilizing an additional $76 million in CARES Act funds. (October 20)
- FEMA has approved Vermont’s application for a grant under the Lost Wages Assistance Program. (August 24)
- Governor Scott announced his proposal for an additional $133 million in economic relief and recovery. (August 21)
- Governor Scott announced $8 million in available grant funding to assist Vermonters with overdue utility bills. (August 18)
- Governor Scott announced the launch of a new grant program to help mitigate operational expenses and losses for childcare providers impacted by COVID-19. (August 7)
- Governor Scott signed a bill that codifies the current status of suspending pending and new eviction and foreclosure actions for the duration of the emergency period. (May 14)
- Governor Scott and Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) Commissioner Michael Pieciak announced a multi-state initiative to secure student loan relief options for thousands of Vermonters with privately held student loans. (April 21)
Business Support & Resources:
- The Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development released COVID-19 resources for businesses, including sector guidance, financial assistance, and employment information. Details can be found here.
- Governor Scott and the Department of Motor Vehicles announced the launch of a new online system for temporary registrations and license plates for private vehicle sales. (September 8)
- Governor Scott announced an increase to maximum grant award for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses. (August 18)
- Governor Scott announced expanded eligibility for Economic Recovery Grants for Vermont businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. (August 3)
- Governor Scott announced that public safety, public health, health care, and human services employers whose employees worked on the front lines during COVID-19 could apply for hazard pay grant funds for their employees beginning August 4. (August 3)
- Governor Scott and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announced $25 million in relief grants for dairy producers and processors who had experienced income loss, additional expenses, and market disruption as a result of COVID-19. (July 14)