Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor’s Employer Services and Program Integrity Units within the Unemployment Insurance Division experienced technical difficulties last week involving public phone lines. Those technical issues have been resolved, and all phone lines have been repaired and are functioning. The Program Integrity Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4333, and the Employer Services Unit can be contacted by calling 802.828.4344.
Vermont Business Magazine 2017 proved to be another highly successful year for Vermont’s captive insurance industry. The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation reports 24 new captive licenses, bringing Vermont’s total to 1,112, with 566 active captive insurance companies. The new captives were made up of 11 pure captives, 5 sponsored captives, 3 Risk Retention Groups (RRGs), 3 special purpose financial insurers, 1 branch captive and 1 industrial insured captive. New and notable captives include Life Time Fitness, Inc., AAA Northeast, Barclays Group US, Inc, and Bright Horizons Family Solutions. This does not even include the recent decision by the UVM Health Network to bring its captive to Vermont from the Bahamas in 2018.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont House today conducted sexual harassment training. The training was conducted by members of Legislative Council in order to ensure that all members, staff, and state house guests are afforded a positive work culture free from harassment.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s US Senators, Sen Patrick Leahy (D) and Sen Bernie Sanders (I), are among those who have helped reach the milestone of 40 senators joining Senator Edward J Markey (D-Mass) in signing on in support of a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to overturn the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the appointment of Rory Thibault as interim Washington County state’s attorney. Thibault’s appointment fills the vacancy after former State’s Attorney Scott Williams resigned on Monday. Thibault was sworn in by Governor Scott Tuesday morning to ensure continuity in leadership at the Washington County State’s Attorney’s Office.
by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine National Grid's Granite State Power Link (GSPL) and the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) in Littleton, NH, today announced a partnership and $20 million to support economic growth and opportunities along the project’s route in New Hampshire. GSPL in December also committed $20 million to the Northeast Kingdom, as part of the transmission line will run through Vermont. Several energy firms are competing for a massive request for proposal issued by Massachusetts for 1,200 megawatts of new renewable energy.
by Rob Roper We have some pretty serious issues facing our state: a shrinking workforce, a public school system that is hemorrhaging students while it vacuums money, and a structural sate budget deficit, just to name just a few. These problems are not new, and the policies our state government has enacted to address them have not worked. Vermonters are now among the most highly taxed people in the country, but what do we have to show for it?
Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce that its Psychology Internship Program has been awarded a full seven year accreditation from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation (CoA).
APA-CoA is recognized by both the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.
Vermont Business Magazine Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, Rutland Regional Medical Center recently exceeded its $350,000 goal in support of the Early Detection Saves Lives campaign to bring new 3D breast imaging technology to our local region. The Rutland Health Foundation, the fundraising department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, reported $362,523 gifts and pledges raised as of 12/31/17.
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has opened SVMC Dentistry. The medical director for the practice is Michael Brady, DDS. He is joined by Richard Barbierri, DDS, and Russell O’Connell, DMD. “Proper dental care is essential to overall health, and there is a tremendous need for dental services in Bennington and the surrounding region,” said Trey Dobson, chief medical officer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.
Vermont Business Magazine Recently, Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) hosted a special event to commemorate 20 years of its Windsor-based program Volunteers in Action (ViA), which supports local seniors with an array of volunteer services. Since 2001, ViA has served seven towns including Windsor, West Windsor, Reading, Hartland, and Weathersfield, Vermont, as well as Cornish and Plainfield, New Hampshire.
Vermont Business Magazine Patients with common musculoskeletal conditions who use opioids may be more satisfied but have poorer health when compared to patients who do not use opioids. That is one of the conclusions of a new study by researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the University of Michigan. The team’s primary interest was to determine if patient’s perception of their care was associated with the number of opioid prescriptions they received from their health care providers.