Injunction Against Federal Mandate Upheld; Mandate for Employers with 100 or more Employees is Back on

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This past Friday evening, federal appeals courts issued two rulings impacting employee vaccine mandates. A ruling by the 6th Circuit reinstates the Biden Administration’s mandate that employers with 100 or more employees implement a vaccine mandate policy with a weekly testing optioin.  Several emergency appeals have already been filed with Justice …

Ted Jasinski Elected ABCGB Chair

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The first architect ever elected to lead ABC Greater Baltimore has deep roots in the skilled trades having gotten his start in the industry by attending a construction skills school in his native Pa.  Ted Jasinski was a draftsman while attending school in the evening to get his degree in …

U.S. Department of Labor raises labor law posting penalties

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The maximum penalty for federal posting violations is now going up by more than $400 under the increases announced by the Department of Labor – highlighting the seriousness about posting compliance. The new maximum fine amounts are: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): $178Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC): $576Job Safety …

Welcome 2021 ABC New Members!

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A. M. & Son Electric, LLCA.I.R LLC Advanced Indoor ResourcesA3 MechanicalAcorn Supply & Distributing, Inc.ACV EnviroAEROTEKAmerican Vet Industries, LLCAquafree Facilities Services, Inc.Baltimore City Public SchoolsBaltimore County OBF/Property ManagementBaltimore Gas & ElectricBaltimore WindustrialBBSIBDO USA, LLPBirdland General ContractorsBozzuto Construction CompanyBurkentine BuildersC & O Services, Inc.CFM Project Consulting Group, Inc.Charm City RoofingChristman CompanyCoastal …

2021 ABC Greater Baltimore STEP Winners

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DIAMOND Allan Myers, Inc.Avena Contracting, LLCCBG Building CompanyCCL USACK CommercialGilbane Building CompanyHarkins Builders, Inc.Helix ElectricIacoboni Site Specialists, Inc.J.D. Belfield Enterprises, LLCM.C. Dean, Inc.MacKenzie Contracting Company, LLCMarkeys Services, LLC DBA Construction Cleaning ServiceQuandel – J. Vinton SchaferSouthway Builders, Inc.TEI Electrical SolutionsWilmot Modular StructuresWolf Fire Protection, Inc. PLATINUM A.R. Marani, Inc.Canyon Contracting, …

ABC Open House / Apprenticeship Jobs Fair

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ABC Greater Baltimore has a bright new group of interested potential apprentices as well as students from our new Construction Education Academy Trade School we would like to introduce to you. These young people are looking for employer apprenticeship sponsors to help move their career forward and fill the shortage of craft …

Back to School at the CEA!

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The Construction Education Academy is welcoming over 500 students this month! Whether it’s for the new Trade School for post-high school students, or for the Apprenticeship Program, students are eager to start the year and their careers. ABC’s Apprenticeship program is embracing a blended classroom model where students take one …

2021 Merit Award Winners

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Construction Management University of Maryland Medical Center Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Unit – Jeffrey Brown Contracting, LLC GC New Project Over $10 Million Nicholson Court Self Storage – Iacoboni Site Specialists, Inc. Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport Concourse A Five Gate Extension – Hensel Phelps Viasat Black Hills Office Building & …

2021 Excellence Award Winners

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Construction Management The Construction Education Academy at The Skillforce Center- GRANIX, LLC HJ Patterson Wing II, Mechanical Room Upgrade – J. Vinton Schaefer & Sons, Inc. GC New Project Over $10 Million Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School + Holabird Academy – CAM Construction Co., Inc. Medfield Heights Elementary School …

Healthcare Mandate Poses Heavy Burden

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But there is a path to compliance. During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill that requires contractors to provide health care coverage for any employee working on a State project of $1 million dollars and above.  Later the Board of Public Works (BPW) and the Maryland Department …

Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Legislative Text Released:

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Late last night, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was formally introduced. The 2,702 page bill is the product of the work of 22 bipartisan U.S. Senators who crafted the deal that is set to pass the Senate later this week after passing critical procedural hurdles last week. The …

Can You Require Your Employee to Get Vaccinated? Yes, But…

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As general contractors are requiring subcontractors to provide proof all their employees on a jobsite are vaccinated for COVID-19, more subcontractors are contacting us, inquiring about the legality of making such a request. According to the EEOC, an employer is permitted to require all their employees entering the workplace to …

ABC Adds Industry Experience to Apprenticeship Team

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We are excited to announce a new member on the team, Donte Lee, who will step in to the Director of Education role. Donte not only has an extensive background in developing apprenticeship programs but is also a seasoned craft professional with more than 21 years of electrical experience. Donte …

WABC Celebrates Scholarship Recipients

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Kristina Humm of TEI Electrical Solutions and Siona Glasgow of ABC Greater Baltimore received the Women of ABC Scholarship Awards. The women were celebrated at the WABC ‘All American’ Network Event on July 15th, 2021 in the ABC Greater Baltimore courtyard. 

MCCEI Pathway Awards Ceremony

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On June 8th, the Maryland Center for Construction Education & Innovation held their first ever Pathway Awards ceremony to celebrate those who have championed workforce development initiatives in the built environment this year. DIY Network’s Kayleen McCabe was the keynote speaker for the evening. She spoke on the joyful future …

Outstanding Students Honored at Apprenticeship Graduation

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Last week more than 100 ABC Baltimore apprentices graduated amongst family and friends in a highly anticipated in-person ceremony. From ‘Perfect Attendance’ to being named ‘The Outstanding Student’ in their chosen trade, ten different graduates received special awards and recognition at ABC’s annual Apprenticeship Graduation. James Rzepkowski, Maryland Assistant Secretary …

Get 100 percent of Apprenticeship Tuition Reimbursed!

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The Maryland Department of Labor has created a new fund that will cover 100 percent of the tuition cost of a first-year apprentice. The fund is call the Related Instruction Reimbursement Program. The program allows Registered Apprenticeship sponsors and participating/signatory employers to offset the cost of registering new Registered Apprentices by allowing a …