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MD Governor Issues Stay At Home Order--Does NOT Effect Construction Industry

 

March 30, 2020: Earlier today, Governor Hogan issued a Stay At Home Order that is to take effect at 8:00 PM tonight, Monday. This order does NOT change the construction industry's essential business status. Essential employees are still able to commute to essential businesses. (MD Executive Order Interpretive Guide)
 

ATTENTION VIRGINIA ABC MEMBERES AND EMPLOYEES

 

ABC of Virginia needs your help in defeating anti-merit legislation dealing with Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) and Prevailing Wage.  Let the Governor know this is bad for business, the economy and the workers.  Urge him to veto these bills

https://www.abc.org/Politics-Policy/ABC-Action-App/Action-Center?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f72409%2fRespond

An ABC-VA Action Alert regarding recent legislation introduced in VA

  We wanted to keep our members informed of recent legislative action in our neighboring Virginia. This is particularly important for those that live, work or do business in Virginia. This is an Action Alert from Pat Dean, President at ABC Virginia Chapter.   Dear Member, The construction industry in the Commonwealth is facing a policy crisis. Legislation recently introduced by the Democrat majorities will replace Virginia's Fair and Open Competition Act. These bills, (SB 182) and (HB 358) will allow the state and local governments the ability to mandate PLAs on public works construction projects. Other noteworthy legislation, introduced by Sen. Saslaw (SB 8) and Del. Carroll Foy (HB 833) would result in prevailing wage requirements on state construction projects at rates set by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act. Saslaw’s bill sets a threshold of $250,000, while Foy’s bill does not set one. However, the House Labor a ...

DC’s New LLC Law Will Have a Major Impact on the Development/Construction Industry

  DC’s New LLC Law Will Have a Major Impact on the Development/Construction Industry In the spring of 2018, Councilwoman Elissa Silverman (I) At-Large lead an effort to reshape the District’s Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) laws as it relates to various types of development and real estate transactions. The motivation for this push is to change the rules of how companies use LLC’s to bid, develop and manage projects in the District. Under the previous law, companies would oftentimes use newly created LLC’s as the ownership and/or management of projects under development. Likewise, they would use similar efforts to join into partnerships such as Joint Ventures (JV) partnerships to bid, build and manage projects throughout the city. While these practices have been around for decades and are common throughout the various development and construction-related industries, they have come under pressure within the District. In recent years the city has seen an uptick in new developmen ...

DC: Rulemaking for Paid Family Leave Benefits Approval Resolution of 2020

  DC: Paid Leave--Rulemaking for Paid Family Leave Benefits Approval Resolution of 2020 On January 6, 2020 Chairman Phil Mendelson at the Request of the Mayor, submitted via the DC Register for introduction PR23 – 0647, the “Rulemaking for Paid Family Leave Benefits Approval Resolution of 2020”. The resolution represents the final proposed rules for the DC Paid Family Leave program and will be the subject of a roundtable hosted by the Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Thursday, January 30th. As introduced, the resolution specifies the rules governing the implementation of the program and addresses the final set of recommendations submitted in the fall of 2019. The resolution highlights additional rules for employers including the ability for employers to offer additional leave above and beyond the leave provided under the law. It does not however allow for employers to obtain and receive any credit for leave offered as part of their current leave programs as ...

DCRA is Cracking Down on Unpermitted and Illegal After-Hour Construction

  DCRA is cracking down on unpermitted and illegal after-hour construction Since the beginning of the summer, the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has made significant strides in cracking down on construction companies working in the District as highlighted during the DC City Council’s hearing on B23-91, the “Department of Buildings Establishment Act of 2019”. As part of an effort to discourage the DC City Council from moving forward with this legislation, which would break the agency up into two smaller agencies, Director Ernest Chrappah highlighted recent steps including increased enforcement in the area of unpermitted after-hours and construction work and residential inspections. Currently, the District only allows companies to work from the hours of 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday. Anything outside of these hours or on a federal holiday, is only permissible with an after-hours permit. To obtain this permit, a company may visit the DCRA permit center in SW or ...

Major Changes proposed for the District’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Program

  On Tuesday, November 19th, members of the DC City Council introduced two pieces of legislation that would drastically alter the way in which Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s) are regulated and operated within the District. The first piece of legislation was Bill 23-0545, the “Small Business Procurement Reform Omnibus Amendment Act of 2019” was introduced by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie and had 6 other co-introducers. The second piece of legislation was Bill 23-0549, the “Local Business Support Amendment Act of 2019”. Bill 23-0549 was co-introduced by Councilmembers Kenyan McDuffie and David Grosso.   As currently introduced, this legislative package would create a Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) Ombudsman. This independent authority would oversee all complaints; disputes and questions related to the CBE process. The Ombudsman would be an independently appointed position and would be appointed to individual 5-year terms. As part of new department, the legislation ...

CHANGES TO OVERTIME RULES DEFEATED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE

  Legislation to alter the exemption for specified executive, administrative or professional (EAP) employees from the Maryland Wage and Hour Law was overwhelmingly defeated in the House Economic Matters Committee by a vote of 19-1.

2019 GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS- THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

  The Maryland General Assembly adjourned Monday night with a flurry of activity on legislation of interest to ABC and the merit construction industry. Below is a short list of some issues lobbied on by ABC. A more comprehensive report will be forthcoming. 

Pro-Union Workforce Development Bill Killed in Senate Committee

  Legislation that would have mandated union representation on all Strategic Industry Partnerships as it related to the Maryland Earn Program was defeated in the Senate Finance Committee.
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