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The District’s Newest Attempt at Project Labor Agreements: Bill 22-0959, the East End Health Equity Act of 2018.

On Tuesday, November 13th, the DC City Council held its first of two votes on Bill 22-0959, the “East End Health Equity Act of 2018”. The legislation as introduced would use $300 Million in District Funds to construct a new health care facility, managed by George Washington University Hospital on the grounds of the old St. Elizabeth’s (east campus). As part of the legislation, there was an amendment to remove the Certificate of Need (CON) for the project. Included in this amendment, was language requiring the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) as specified under the Procurement and Integrity Act of 2016. 

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Employers Can Now Electronically Report 2017's OHSA 300A Form

Employers can now begin to electronically report their Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Form 300A data to OSHA through the agency’s Injury Tracking Application. All covered establishments must submit the information by July 1, 2018. Employers can view their submitted CY 2016 Form 300A summary information, but they cannot edit or submit additional 2016 data on this website.    Remember, not all establishments are covered by this requirement. Only a small fraction of establishments are required to electronically submit their Form 300A data to OSHA. Establishments that meet any of the following criteria DO NOT have to send their information to OSHA. Remember, these criteria apply at the establishment level, not to the firm as a whole. The establishment’s peak employment during the previous calendar year was 19 or fewer, regardless of the establishment's industry. The establishment’s industry is on this list, regardless of the size of the establishment. The establishment had ...

Maryland Apprenticeship Training Council (MATC) Adds Pro-ABC Members

MATC recently added two ABC members which will strengthen the merit voice on the Council.  David Smarte, Delaware Elevator and Leon Bromley, Rommel Companies will bring an expertise and knowledge which will enhance the work of the Council.   APPRENTICESHIP & TRAINING COUNCIL The Apprenticeship and Training Council originated in 1962 as the Maryland State Apprenticeship Council within the State Department of Education, and received its present name in 1966 (Chapter 671, Acts of 1966). It joined the Department of Employment and Training in 1983 (Chapter 64, Acts of 1983). In 1987, the Council became part of the Department of Economic and Employment Development (Chapter 311, Acts of 1987). It transferred to the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation in 1995 (Chapter 120, Acts of 1995).  Apprenticeship programs are reviewed and approved by the Council which fosters their development. The Council also sets standards for registered apprenticeship programs.  The Council's tw ...

PLA Feedback Requested- Deadline August 13

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District has issued a survey requesting feedback from the contracting community about the potential use of a project labor agreement (PLA) on a contract to construct the Medical Clinic Replacement at Fort Knox, Kentucky. To review and respond to the USACE survey, click here.

In addition, we've included a template contractors can customize to help with their response. Before submission, please rename the document, pay close attention to the highlighted text and customize it as much as possible.  Template download >

ABC Invited to Participate In State MOSH Workgroup

Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary of the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schulz have invited ABC to participate on a workgroup involving the operational dynamics of Maryland’s Occupational Safety and Health Program (MOSH).  The objective of the workgroup is to have a frank discussion in evaluating the effectiveness of MOSH program, as a traditionally operated state plan under the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).  learn more here >

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 Members Meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

ABC members Mark Drury, Shapiro and Duncan, Scot Hottel, Harvey W. Hottel Leigh Press, PCC Construction Components and Bob Zinsmeister, Director of Government Affairs met with Congressman Van Hollen on Thursday, November 6 to discuss workforce development issues at both the national and local levels.

Hogan Wins MD, Bowser Wins DC

Republican Larry Hogan was elected Governor of Maryland in a stunning victory over Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Governor-Elect Hogan’s message of reducing taxes and creating a positive economic climate in Maryland resonated with the Maryland voters. 

Councilwoman Muriel Bowser easily won the Mayor’s race by defeating current Councilman David Catania and former Councilwoman Carol Schwartz. ABC of Metro Washington endorsed and supported Mayor-Elect Bowser and looks forward to working with her over the next four years.

Your Vote Counts!

As business leaders, you have heard on more than one occasion,”Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business”. As we are just a week away from the November 4 election day, we urge you and your employees to go to the polls and vote. ABC supports...

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