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New Paid Leave Legislation

  On Tuesday, February 21st the DC City Council introduced two new pieces of legislation regarding Universal Paid Leave. Both bills would alter the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 which passed the council in late 2016 and was not signed by Mayor Bowser.

Maryland Business Coalition Holds Press Conference Regarding Sick and Safe Leave Legislation

  A coalition of business organizations held a press conference on Monday, January 23 expressing great concern over the current language contained in the mandated sick and safe leave legislation.

Mandated Sick and Safe Leave Legislation in Maryland- It's Coming

  H.B. 1 is the first bill to be drafted for the 2017 session of the Maryland General Assembly. It very much resembles the bill that passed the House last year. ABC’s major concern is a provision in the bill which would exempt union construction workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement. ABC is also fighting to have this exemption deleted from any sick and safe leave bill. There is no justification for carving out this small segment of the industry. Either everyone is in, or everyone is exempt. ABC is also supporting language which would provide a preemption provision which means the state law would supersede any local bill enacted dealing with the same subject. (i.e. Montgomery County).

Universal Paid Leave- Who Can Afford It?


On Tuesday, November 29th, DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson released the latest version of the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2016. The new legislation would begin in 2020 and be administered by the District of Columbia with an annual cost of $250 million. To administer the program, the District would create a new government agency with an annual administrative cost of $18 million. To fund the program, the District would impose a .62% payroll tax starting in 2019, which has been described by Mayor Muriel Bowser as the sixth largest tax in the DC’s history.  

DC City Council Committee will vote on the Procurement Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability Emergency Amendment Act of 2016

  On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 will vote on the Procurement Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Emergency Act of 2016. The emergency, upon its passage would make the Procurement Integrity, Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 which passed in July effective for the next 90 days.

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 ...

2016 Maryland General Assembly Session- Busy and Productive

  One of the major reasons for being a member of ABC is the assurance that we are fighting for your best interests at all levels of government. This was never more true than this year’s Legislative session in Annapolis.

Minimum Wage Legislation

  The District of Columbia Faces Two Efforts to Raise the Minimum Wage and Mayor Muriel Bowser Introduces $15 an hour Minimum Wage Proposal

2016 Session of Maryland General Assembly Comes to an End

  The Maryland General Assembly continued their work up until midnight on Monday, April 11. ABC had a very successful session defeating bills that would have had a significant impact on our industry. Here are three of the ABC priority bills defeated this session.

Action Needed Today- Bad Maryland Prevailing Wage Bill to be Heard Friday, March 4

  Legislation which would use the union rates to determine the prevailing wage rates in Maryland is up for hearing in the House Economic Matters Committee this Friday.