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From the monthly archives: March 2015

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ABC Recommends Expansion of CTE Programs for Construction

  Legislation has been introduced in Annapolis which would create an Apprenticeship Pilot Program entitled “Apprenticeship Maryland”.  ABC is in strong support with the amendment that the construction industry be included as one of the “eligible career tracks” to be a part of this program.

Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014

  On March 3, 2015 the "Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014" officially became law.  The law requires that employers provide reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the function of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, a related medical condition, or breastfeeding, and to provide for enforcement of a violation of the act through administrative and civil action

Notice of Hire-Employment Status and Acknowledgement of Wage Rate(s)

  In compliance with the "Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014" which went into effect on February 26, 2015 the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) has released a template for "Notice of Hire-Employment Status and Acknowledgement of Wage Rate(s)" document that employers are required to provide to hourly employees working with the District of Columbia. 

Emergency Rulemaking to the Unified Construction Codes Supplement of 2013

  The Mayor and the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) recently issued an emergency rulemaking to the Unified Construction Codes Supplement of 2013. This emergency rulemaking is necessary to address a gap in the enforcement of compliance with the District of Columbia Construction Code Supplements of 2013 (the "2013 Construction Codes"), adopted March 28, 2014 (61 DCR 3251), as amended, since violations of the 2013 Construction Codes would not be subject to notices of violation and enforcement proceedings to the extent that the existing regulations refer to a previous version of the Construction Codes. Violations of the 2013 Construction Codes pose an immediate and continuing threat to the public health and safety. This emergency rulemaking is limited to changes in the numbering of provisions between the 2013 Construction Codes and the previous version of the Construction Codes, and does not change the substance or classification of infractions.


The four Maryland ABC Chapters joined together to host the annual ABC Legislative Reception in Annapolis on February 25. The event was highlighted by the appearance and remarks from Governor Larry Hogan. Governor Hogan reiterated his pledge that “Maryland is open for business”.  The Governor spent over an hour at the reception thanking ABC and our members for their support during the election.  Also attending from the Administration were Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schulz, Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings and Secretary of Education Lillian Lowry.  Numerous members of the General Assembly attended including Economic Matters Committee Chairman Dereck Davis and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas “Mac” Middleton.

ABC looks forward to working with the new Administration and the General Assembly in making Maryland the very best it can be. 
Click to view more pictures from this event.