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Governor Hogan Issues Additional Orders to Close "Unsafe" Facilities

Maryland's Governor Hogan issued a series of executive orders on April 5, 2020, that granted greater authority to local health departments to safeguard construction workers, including the ability to close an “unsafe facility.” more > 

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OSHA Issues Enforcement Policies on Respiratory Protection (April 5): Use of Expired Respirators and Respirator Reuse more >

Attention ABC Virginia Members and Employees: Tell Gov. Northam to Veto Anti-Business Legislation Today

Virginia residents and ABC members: During the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 session, legislators in Richmond swiftly advanced a handful of bills that would upend the construction industry. It’s imperative, now more than ever, with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc upon the state’s economy and workforce, that you take action and tell Gov. Northam to veto this harmful legislation.

Let Your Voice Be Heard: https://www.abc.org/Politics-Policy/ABC-Action-App/Action-Center?vvsrc=%2fcampaigns%2f73228%2frespond

 

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

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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 ...

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>

2015 MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION BEGINS

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.  

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