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New Wage Theft Laws Coming to the District of Columbia

  The Chapter's DC Legislative Committee has joined with other members of the DC Business Coalition to address problematic issues with Bill 20-0671 the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2014" which is slated to take effect at the end of February after it completes its mandatory Congressional review.  The legislation which was passed in the city council by a vote of 12 - 0 in July of 2014 and was signed by Mayor Vincent Gray would  subject DC Employers to New Notice Requirements and an Amended Penalty and Adjudication Structure.  For more information about the legislation, please contact Eric J. Jones, associate director of Government Affairs. View the law

Sick And Safe Bill Scheduled For Public Hearing

  The 2015 version of the mandated sick and safe leave legislation has been scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m.  As we have experienced in the District of Columbia, this can be an administrative nightmare for companies; especially those working in multiple jurisdictions.

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.   


  The ABC Montgomery County Legislative Committee is currently reviewing legislation (Bill 60-14) before the County Council which would mandate employers provide up to 56 hours per year for sick and safe leave to their employees. The unused leave could be carried over which would enable an employee to use up to 80 hours per calendar year.

ABC Members Meet with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

ABC members Mark Drury, Shapiro and Duncan, Scot Hottel, Harvey W. Hottel Leigh Press, PCC Construction Components and Bob Zinsmeister, Director of Government Affairs met with Congressman Van Hollen on Thursday, November 6 to discuss workforce development issues at both the national and local levels.

Hogan Wins MD, Bowser Wins DC

Republican Larry Hogan was elected Governor of Maryland in a stunning victory over Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. Governor-Elect Hogan’s message of reducing taxes and creating a positive economic climate in Maryland resonated with the Maryland voters. 

Councilwoman Muriel Bowser easily won the Mayor’s race by defeating current Councilman David Catania and former Councilwoman Carol Schwartz. ABC of Metro Washington endorsed and supported Mayor-Elect Bowser and looks forward to working with her over the next four years.

Your Vote Counts!

As business leaders, you have heard on more than one occasion,”Get Into Politics or Get Out of Business”. As we are just a week away from the November 4 election day, we urge you and your employees to go to the polls and vote. ABC supports...

"Ban the Box" Legislation

“Ban the Box” legislation is an issue that is garnering attention across the country. The legislation is an attempt to keep employers from asking about past criminal history or activity on their employment applications. While a noble cause, in several instances the bills go well beyond just the application process.

Advocating for a Stronger Educated Workforce - Guest Blogger Gricel Munoz

  As a student from Montgomery College in the Construction Management Program, I value education to its fullest, whether it be in the form of high school, Vocational/Tech Schools, Colleges and Universities, and the continuation of professional development. The fact is that education will keep our industry moving forward.