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ABC Reps Meet with DLLR Secretary

  Representatives from all four ABC Maryland Chapters met with Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Kelly Schulz on Monday to discuss the status of the state apprenticeship fund law, how it is being administered and the need to make it more user friendly for the contractors doing work on state projects.  We anticipate positive changes will be forthcoming and will make you aware of these improvements just as soon as possible.  In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please contact Jason Roberts,  or Bob Zinsmeister

New Authority to Make Certifications for the Center Leg Freeway Redevelopment

  Mayor Bowser has issued an executive order delegating the authority to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) to make certifications pursuant to the redevelopment of the Center Leg Freeway (Interstate 395) Act of 2010.

The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Office of Professional Boards and Commissions has released its May 2015 meeting schedule.

  The DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Office of Professional Boards and Commissions has released its May 2015 meeting schedule. Below, please find the information for the Board of Industrial Trades. All meetings are held at 1100 4th St., SW, Suite E-300 A-B Washington, DC 20024.  For further information on this schedule, please call 202-442-4320.

Pamela Hall 
Board of Industrial Trades
Asbestos
Electrical
Elevators
Plumbing
Refrigeration/Air Conditioning
Steam and Other Operating Engineers       
 May 21, 2015  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

DC Department of Employment Services Launches Zip Code Project

  On April 10th, representatives from ABC Metro Washington along with other members of the DC Business Coalition met with the Director of the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) and the Staff of the Office on Wage and Hour to discuss the DOES Zip Code Project. The project, which was rolled last month, provides a citywide foot patrol of businesses to educate employers on the Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act that took effect on February 26, 2015 as well as all other applicable laws overseen by the Labor Standards Bureau. The project's aim is to increase compliance and understanding among employers across the District. During the visits, inspectors will inspect businesses in targeted zip codes to ensure they are in compliance with all current labor laws. If any violations are found, the investigator will identify each violation on a checklist and will provide the establishment/business with a copy of their findings. Inspectors and DOES staff will then provide the business with information to clar ...

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.

ABC LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION A HUGE SUCCESS

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.

Apprenticeship Modernization Temporary Amendment Act of 2015

  The DC City Council recently passed on an emergency basis Act 20-626 the "Apprenticeship Modernization Temporary Amendment Act of 2015" which updates the District's Apprenticeship laws to conform to new standards released by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information please contact Eric J. Jones