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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 Recommends Expansion of CTE Programs for Construction

  Legislation has been introduced in Annapolis which would create an Apprenticeship Pilot Program entitled “Apprenticeship Maryland”.  ABC is in strong support with the amendment that the construction industry be included as one of the “eligible career tracks” to be a part of this program.

Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014

  On March 3, 2015 the "Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014" officially became law.  The law requires that employers provide reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the function of a job are limited by pregnancy, childbirth, a related medical condition, or breastfeeding, and to provide for enforcement of a violation of the act through administrative and civil action

Notice of Hire-Employment Status and Acknowledgement of Wage Rate(s)

  In compliance with the "Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014" which went into effect on February 26, 2015 the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) has released a template for "Notice of Hire-Employment Status and Acknowledgement of Wage Rate(s)" document that employers are required to provide to hourly employees working with the District of Columbia. 

Emergency Rulemaking to the Unified Construction Codes Supplement of 2013

  The Mayor and the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) recently issued an emergency rulemaking to the Unified Construction Codes Supplement of 2013. This emergency rulemaking is necessary to address a gap in the enforcement of compliance with the District of Columbia Construction Code Supplements of 2013 (the "2013 Construction Codes"), adopted March 28, 2014 (61 DCR 3251), as amended, since violations of the 2013 Construction Codes would not be subject to notices of violation and enforcement proceedings to the extent that the existing regulations refer to a previous version of the Construction Codes. Violations of the 2013 Construction Codes pose an immediate and continuing threat to the public health and safety. This emergency rulemaking is limited to changes in the numbering of provisions between the 2013 Construction Codes and the previous version of the Construction Codes, and does not change the substance or classification of infractions.


The four Maryland ABC Chapters joined together to host the annual ABC Legislative Reception in Annapolis on February 25. The event was highlighted by the appearance and remarks from Governor Larry Hogan. Governor Hogan reiterated his pledge that “Maryland is open for business”.  The Governor spent over an hour at the reception thanking ABC and our members for their support during the election.  Also attending from the Administration were Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Kelly Schulz, Secretary of Veterans Affairs George Owings and Secretary of Education Lillian Lowry.  Numerous members of the General Assembly attended including Economic Matters Committee Chairman Dereck Davis and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Thomas “Mac” Middleton.

ABC looks forward to working with the new Administration and the General Assembly in making Maryland the very best it can be. 
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Apprenticeship Modernization Temporary Amendment Act of 2015

  The DC City Council recently passed on an emergency basis Act 20-626 the "Apprenticeship Modernization Temporary Amendment Act of 2015" which updates the District's Apprenticeship laws to conform to new standards released by the U.S. Department of Labor. For more information please contact Eric J. Jones

This Week in Annapolis

  This will be a busy week for ABC in Annapolis as we anticipate testifying on bills dealing with safety, apprenticeship, right to work and corporate income tax reductions.  Below, please find links to the referenced bills.

Labor and Employment – Labor Organizations – Right to Work

Corporate Income Tax – Rate Reduction

Prevailing Wage – Payment for Apprenticeship Programs

Procurement – Public Work Contracts – Contractor Occupational Safety and Health Requirements

Construction Codes Harmonization Amendment Act of 2015

  On Monday, February 9th Chairman Mendelson at the request of the Mayor introduced Bill 21-69 the "Construction Codes Harmonization Amendment Act of 2015". The legislation as introduced would amend the District's construction laws to provide for the installation of fire escapes and carbon monoxide detectors, and authorizes the Mayor to adopt fire safety standards and impose various fees or tax liens to to regain funds disbursed while repairing unsafe structures that are not owned by the District. For more information please contact Eric J. Jones.

Whats Your Opinion?: PURPLE LINE

  The proposed light rail purple line is currently being reviewed by Hogan Administration.  The line would provide service between Bethesda and New Carrollton with 21 planned stations.  Both Montgomery and Prince George’s County governments are supporting the construction of this project.  It is currently being proposed as a P3 (public-private partnership) project.  The current construction cost is $2.3 billion.