Are Your Employee Handbook Policies Creating Legal Liability?

Ally D'Ovidio

By: Gregory Currey, Partner, Wright, Constable & Skeen LLP How many of you have seen this on tv before – a lawyer drafting a contract puts a comma in the wrong place, costing his client millions of dollars and sabotages a deal?  While you may not think this could happen …

A Reminder to Read the “Fine Print” in Insurance Policies

Ally D'Ovidio

By Don Walsh with WC & S A tough lesson was learned by a General Contractor who did not check the insurance policy purchased by its subcontractor. Owners and contractors typically require firms they hire to have liability insurance and name them as additional insureds should they ever get sued …

Meet a ‘ABC’s of MWBE Certification’ Panelist: Debra Mirabile!

Ally D'Ovidio

As president and CEO of DSM Contracting, a WBE, Debra can’t wait to answer your questions on getting certified at the ‘ABCs of MWBE Certification’ Panel Discussion and Network on October 3rd from 4-7 pm. Debra’s experiences and path toward her certification makes her a subject-matter expert on this panel. …

ABC Baltimore Wants to Help Your Minority-Owned Business to Get Certified

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Two ABC groups – The Women in ABC and The ABC Diversity Council – have teamed up to provide construction companies with the opportunity to learn more about the certification process, the importance of getting certified, and the opportunities available to certified minority and women-owned business in construction. The panel …

Mike Rowe’s ‘Returning the Favor’ to Project JumpStart

Ally D'Ovidio

‘A man afraid to work is a man afraid to live,’ Antoine Boykins, Project JumpStart graduate tells Mike Rowe. Boykins, a former student of ABC Baltimore’s pre-apprenticeship program, Project JumpStart, and current supervisor with Scaffold Resource, is just one of the program’s many success stories. The program, which combines soft skills, …

ABC’s Four Maryland Chapters Formally Endorse Governor Hogan for 2nd Term

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The four Maryland Chapters of Associated Builders and Contractors [Baltimore Metro, Chesapeake Shores, Cumberland Valley and Metro Washington], endorse and support the re-election of Governor Larry Hogan for a second term. Collectively, the four Maryland ABC Chapters represent more than 1,400 companies throughout the state engaged in the construction industry. …

New Davis-Bacon Wage Survey is Out: Your Participation is CRITICAL

Ally D'Ovidio

** MERIT SHOP PARTICIPATION CRITICAL** The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will be doing a Davis-Bacon wage survey for “Building” construction projects performed in various counties in Maryland (please see the letter from DOL for further details). The survey is for federal, state, local and privately owned projects …

Hotel and Travel Savings Programs for Your Employees – New!

Ally D'Ovidio

We’re excited to announce new hotel and housing programs for both members and their employees!  Our former Wyndham program was popular with many chapters, so we developed a stronger program in its place.  This is the 1st of 3 new programs we expect to launch this summer.  Details on the …

DLLR Workshops on How to Comply with Healthy Working Families Act 

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Join Maryland DLLR for a full presentation covering the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. This presentation will provide an overview and clarification of the law, including accrual, leave usage, reporting, etc. It will also allow attendees to ask questions and obtain answers from subject matter experts. View workshops.

ABC Baltimore Introduces New HR Forum for Construction

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The first meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 3:30 – 5pm at Harkins Builders’ 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 400, Columbia MD 21044 It is a well-established fact that the peer learning is often the best learning and that good information and ideas arise from open and …

Safety Professional Spotlight: Adam Brown, Wohlsen Construction

Ally D'Ovidio

Name: Adam Brown, CSP, CESCO Company: Wohlsen Construction Job Description: Safety & Health Director How did you get involved with ABC? Wohlsen has been a long standing member of ABC and when I was hired in 2013, I joined the ABC Keystone Safety Committee. I am also a safety committee …

National Diversity Summit Draws Heavy Participation from Baltimore

Ally D'Ovidio

More than 100 industry leaders and stakeholders came together June 25 for ABC’s fourth annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit to discuss the value of diversity in construction and promote the association’s mission within diverse groups. Larry Lopez, National Diversity Committee chair and ABC Baltimore Board Members, facilitated the day, which …

New Wage Liability Law Brings Unintended Consequences

Ally D'Ovidio

By: Adam Bednar Previously published in the Daily Record Business Writer on June 27, 2018 A Maryland law intended to ensure employees of subcontractors receive unpaid wages will have a variety of negative consequence for the construction industry, including potentially chilling hiring of minority- and women-owned firms, according to attorneys …

Apply for the 2019 Women of ABC Scholarship

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The 2019 Women of ABC Scholarship is now available. Women of ABC, a committee of members of Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore has a $2,000 scholarship available for a female high school, trade school or college student planning to pursue construction related fields of study in post-high school education. The …

Project JumpStart Documentary Wins Local Emmy

Ally D'Ovidio

On June 23rd, two local film makers won an Emmy Award for a short news feature they shot on Project JumpStart. The seven-minute feature, published by Circa News and directed and produced by Matthew and Thomas Locastro, won in the education and schools category of the awards at the 60th Annual National …

Critical Trenching ‘Dos and Don’ts’

Ally D'Ovidio

In the wake of the trenching fatality that occurred earlier this week, ABC Baltimore’s Safety Director, Andrew Cook, talked about the trenching standards in an interview with ABC2 News and Fox 45. OSHA defines an excavation as any man-made cut, cavity, trench, or depression in the earth’s surface formed by …

Look Who Just Joined ABC!

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2018 has been another awesome year for members at ABC, and we’re excited to invite 30 more companies into the mix! Welcome to ABC! American Global Michael Baker michael.baker@americanglobal.com American Office Emily Brown ebrown@americanoffice.com Anthony Electrical Services Inc. Tina Oliveri tina@anthonyelectricalservices.com Benchmark Construction Co., Inc. Roger Daub rdaub@benchmarkgc.com Bradshaw Construction …

SAFETY PROFESSIONALS

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This group is designed for your company designated safety professional. Whether your safety director has 20 years of experience and every certification imaginable or they are brand new, this group will create valuable professional growth opportunities for all. Meet with fellow safety professionals and share best practices, hear guest speakers, …