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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 ...

Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 Introduced

On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Councilman David Grosso (I) At-Large and Councilwoman Elissa Silverman (I) At-Large introduced Bill 21-0415 the Universal Paid Medical Leave Act of 2015. The legislation as introduced would amend the DC Family Medical Leave Act (DCFMLA) and establish a paid family medical leave program in the District of Columbia.

Governor-Elect Larry Hogan Establishing A Strong Team

Governor-elect Larry Hogan is putting together a strong team to move Maryland forward over the next four years.  ABC is especially excited by the appointment of Delegate Kelly Schulz as the new Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing Regulation (DLLR).  Delegate Schulz has been a strong supporter of ABC and the merit construction industry while serving on the House Economic Matters Committee.  more>


The ABC Joint Legislative Committee had its first meeting of the new year on January 12 and will continue to meet every week during the session to evaluate legislation to determine its impact on the ABC membership and the merit construction industry.   

Liquidated Damages for Failure to Meet MBE Goals are in Effect

During the 2012 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB1370 which was signed into law by the Governor on May 2, 2012 and became Chapter Law 201.  HB1370 includes many different changes to the minority business laws affecting state procurement.  

Promising Outlook for Prince George's County Development

Prince George’s County  Executive Rushern Baker addressed members of ABC on October 29th and shared the anticipated development and construction opportunities in the County over the next several years.  

New Maryland Law Requires Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland employers with 15 or more employees must comply with the recently enacted Reasonable Accommodations for Disabilities Due to Pregnancy Act. 

DC to Mandate PLA on Soccer Stadium Project

Mayor Gray has announced that the District of Columbia will require a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) on the construction of the DC United Soccer Stadium. Apparently the city did not learn its lesson from the failure of the Washington National’s Stadium project which increased the cost of construction and failed to meet minority business and local hiring goals outlined in the PLA. 

DC Council Passes Anti-Business Bill

On July 10th, 2013 the DC City Council voted 8 – 5 to pass Bill 20-62, the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013. This legislation as passed would require any large retailer operating within the District of Columbia to pay a living wage of at least $12.50 an hour.   The legislation offers an exemption for any company that has signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), even if the agreed upon starting hourly wage in the CBA is less than the previously mentioned living wage. 

Benjamin Carson, M.D., Visits with ABC PAC

ABC provided me with the opportunity to meet one of my heroes, Benjamin Carson, M.D. on June 18 at a fundraiser for the ABC Maryland Political Action Committee.  I first learned of Dr. Carson by watching a movie on television about his life, “Gifted Hands.” 

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