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Court Rejects ABC’s Challenge to Ambush Rule

  On June 10, 2016, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision rejecting ABC’s challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) controversial “ambush” election final rule.  ABC General Counsel Maury Baskin of Littler Mendelson P.C., Washington, D.C., argued the case on behalf of ABC of Texas, the Central Texas Chapter of ABC and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Texas on March 3 in New Orleans.    “ABC is disappointed with the decision,” said ABC Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck. “By affording excessive discretion to Regional Directors, the NLRB made it very difficult to mount a successful facial challenge to the new rule.  However, we are exploring our appeal options and, depending on how that discretion is exercised, an “as-applied” challenge on a case-by-case basis may be successful.”   “ABC is prepared to assist members challenging this failed N ...

2016 Maryland General Assembly Session- Busy and Productive

  One of the major reasons for being a member of ABC is the assurance that we are fighting for your best interests at all levels of government. This was never more true than this year’s Legislative session in Annapolis.

Minimum Wage Legislation

  The District of Columbia Faces Two Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage and Mayor Muriel Bowser Introduces $15 an hour Minimum Wage Proposal

2016 Session of Maryland General Assembly Comes to an End

  The Maryland General Assembly continued their work up until midnight on Monday, April 11. ABC had a very successful session defeating bills that would have had a significant impact on our industry. Here are three of the ABC priority bills defeated this session.

Action Needed Today- Bad Maryland Prevailing Wage Bill to be Heard Friday, March 4

  Legislation which would use the union rates to determine the prevailing wage rates in Maryland is up for hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee this Friday.

District Commuter Benefits Program

  The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) have officially launched the District's Commuter Benefits Program. While regulations are still pending legal approval, the city has released a presentation which outlines the new law and is working with employers to set up their programs before April 1st of 2016 at which point they will start full enforcement.

Dramatic Changes in Maryland Prevailing Wage Law Opposed by ABC

  Legislation has been introduced that would dramatically change how the prevailing wage is determined, what projects are impacted by prevailing wage, and penalties for not paying employees the proper wage rates. A hearing is scheduled for this bill on March 4.  You will be receiving additional information on who to contact to express your opposition to the legislation.  

Universal Paid leave Act: Contact the DC City Council Today

  On February 11, 2016, the DC City Council will hold a public hearing on the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015. This new program would allow for up to 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave for individuals who work or live in the District. In addition, the legislation would also amend the DC Family Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) to state that any individual would qualify as an employee after working at least 6 months or 500 hours during a period of 12 months with the same employer.

Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs issued Cosntruction Codes

  On Friday, December 11, 2015 the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) issued Administrative Bulletin on the Underpinning of Party Walls shared with attached or semi-detached one and two-family dwellings and notification of adjoining property owners of Construction Work.

ABC Meets with Members of Maryland General Assembly

  Representatives from the Metro Washington Chapter met with several members of the General Assembly to discuss issues of concern to the industry including training, prevailing wage and safety.