Our mission is to protect and enhance the merit shop philosophy
within the construction industry, to speak for the industry to the public,
and to engage members to succeed in a challenging marketplace.
ABC of Metro Washington represents the interests of its members at the local and state levels of government regarding legislation and regulatory proposals which impact the merit construction industry. ABC lobbies on behalf of the industry in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties and in Annapolis. ABC of Metro Washington is recognized as the voice of the merit construction industry in these jurisdictions.
February 23, 2021
Workplace Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Amendment Act of 2021
The D.C. City Council voted unanimously to approve the following two bills:
- Bill 24-58: Workplace Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic Emergency Amendment Act of 2021
- Bill 24-59: Workplace Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic Temporary Amendment Act of 2021
The bills are the latest in a series of emergency and temporary bills passed by the Council to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Once signed by the Mayor, the emergency law (Bill 24-58) will be in effect for 90 days. The “temporary” version of the legislation (Bill 24-59) is subject to a Congressional Review Period before it takes effect. Temporary laws expire after 225 days.
Among other things, Bill 24-58 and Bill 24-59:
1) Prohibit employers from taking “adverse employment actions” against employees that:
- Attempt to comply with a Mayor’s Order;
- Attempt to stop a violation of a Mayor’s Order;
- Submit a complaint regarding a violation of a Mayor’s Order; or
- Raise concerns about workplace health and safety practices related to COVID-19 to the employer, a government agency, or the public.
2) Prohibit employers from taking adverse employment action against employees that test positive for COVID-19 and/or quarantine as a result of exposure or sickness or are caring for someone with COVID-19 symptoms.
3) Create a “rebuttable presumption” that any adverse employment action taken against an employee within 30 days of the employee engaging in the above activities constitutes retaliation prohibited by the Act.
4) Confer a private right of action on employees to sue employers for violations of the Act.
5) Provide the Mayor and Attorney General with authority to enforce the Act through penalties and civil actions.