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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 ...

DC First Source Law

  ABC of Metro Washington is working to address the issue and has recently held a meeting with Director Odie Donald of DOES and Associate Director Michael Watts of the Office of Labor, Laws and Enforcement. ABC and DOES discussed how to better communicate the requirements under the first source law to our members up front in an effort to avoid costly fines at the end of the project.” 

Governor Hogan Vetoes Mandated Sick and Safe Leave Legislation

  Last week Governor Hogan remained true to his word and vetoed H.B. 1, the mandated sick and safe leave legislation strongly opposed by ABC and the entire Maryland business community. While making the announcement, he also stated he had issued three Executive Orders dealing with this subject.

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.