Federal Advocacy

Federal Advocacy

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce works proactively with Congressional representatives and Agency personnel to advocate for the business community at the Federal level. 

Regulation Watch (text provided by our partner Madison Services Group

Paid Sick Leave for Contractors Finalized

The interim rule issued last Friday by the FAR Council (authors of the federal contracting rule book) mirrors the U.S. Department of Labor rule finalized earlier this fall.

Starting January 1, 2017, federal contractors will be required to provide paid sick leave to workers. The rule requires that workers on federal contracts receive one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 56 hours a year. Workers can use these days to receive medical attention, care for a relative, or attend to complications arising from domestic violence or sexual assault. The rule will impact new solicitations and contract modifications issued after January 1, 2017. 

Fair Pay, Safe Workplaces Update

Most of the federal contractor blacklisting rule that required potential contractors to report labor violations to contracting officials was halted by a federal judge in October. Though a small piece of the rule on paycheck transparency goes into effect in January 1, 2017.

The paycheck transparency provision requires contractors and subcontractors to provide wage statements to covered working giving them information about their hours worked, overtime hours, and any additions or deductions to their pay. Contractors and subcontractors will also be required to provide a document to individuals as to their status as an independent contractor.

Overtime Regulations (Labor): The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (DOL) published its proposed rule that amends the regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governing the “white collar” exemption from overtime pay for executive, administrative and professional employees. Read about the new rules that were to go into effect December 1, 2016.

On November 22, 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Amos Mazzant granted an Emergency Motion for Preliminary Injunction and thereby enjoined the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing the Overtime Final Rule on December 1, 2016. 

 

Examples of Key Accomplishments to Date:

  • MCCC successfully advocated for an extension of deadlines to provide more time for businesses to comment on changes to subcontracting and mentor protégé programs.
  • MCCC opposed insourcing in government projects which led to a dramatic reduction in the rate of insourcing in government projects.
  • MCCC advocated for Federal Climate Services to be located in Montgomery County. President Obama announced it will be located at NOAA in Gaithersburg.
  • MCCC successfully advocated for including a mentor protégé program for women, SDVOSB’s, and Hub Zone Companies in the Small Business Jobs Bill.
  • MCCC Advocated for parity in SBA set-aside programs. The language was adopted into the Small Business Act.
  • MCCC Advocated for Maryland’s regional competitiveness in GSA Leasing.
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