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December 18, 2009

Chamber Opposes UI Tax Proposal

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce opposes the Administration’s proposal to modify Maryland’s unemployment insurance (UI) system to permanently expand eligibility and benefits in order to obtain one-time federal stimulus funds.... More»

October 1, 2009

Maryland Employers Face Hefty UI Tax Increase

Maryland employers will face significantly higher unemployment insurance (UI) tax rates beginning next year. Tax rates will increase for all employers, but the specific tax rate an employer pays is... More»

July 23, 2009

Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect July 24

The final part of a three-tiered federal minimum wage increase enacted by Congress in 2007 takes effect tomorrow, July 24, when the minimum wage will increase from $6.55 to $7.25.... More»

July 20, 2009

Sept 16: Maximize the Performance of Diverse Teams

In today’s tough economic climate, workplace diversity can be a competitive advantage. A diverse team brings together a greater collection of skills, perspectives and experiences that can lead to... More»

April 15, 2009

2009 Maryland General Assembly Session Recap

The 2009 General Assembly session ended earlier this week. During the 90-day session, the Maryland Chamber took positions on 209 of the 2,674 bills and joint resolutions introduced. You... More»

April 4, 2009

This Week in Annapolis - April 3

Here are some of this week’s legislative updates from the Chamber Action Network blog: One Size Fits All Shift Breaks Bill DefeatedThe House Economic Matters Committee voted yesterday to defeat... More»

March 12, 2009

Updating Our 2009 Priority Bills

We are doing most of our legislative blogging over on the Chamber Action Network website. If you haven’t checked it out yet, visit www.chamberactionnetwork.com. Here is an update on some... More»

December 6, 2008

Chamber Board Approves 2009 Business Agenda

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the 2009 Business Agenda during its November meeting. The Business Agenda outlines the Chamber’s priorities for the coming year and guides the organization’s... More»

November 12, 2008

Panel Discusses the Future of Employment Law at Business Policy Conference

A panel of experts discussed changes to employment laws and regulations expected in 2009 and beyond at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Business Policy Conference. Attributing the revisions to... More»

October 6, 2008

9th Circuit Ruling Conflicts with Wal-Mart Decision

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit recently upheld a San Francisco “pay or play” ordinance requiring employers in that city to pay specified amounts of health care... More»

October 3, 2008

Attention HR and Employment Law Firms

The Maryland Chamber is planning to launch a human resources and employment law website and email newsletter later this year. The website will tap the expertise of member companies to... More»

October 2, 2008

Flexible Leave Act Effective October 1

The Flexible Leave Act took effect yesterday, October 1. The new law requires employers with 15 or more employees that provide paid leave to allow the employee to use any... More»

July 16, 2008

E-Verify Informational Seminars

As a result of an executive order signed last month, all federal contractors must use the federal government’s E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of employees used on federal... More»

Minimum Wage to Increase to $6.55 on July 24

The minimum wage will increase to $6.55 per hour effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, July 24. For more information, visit the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s website here. It... More»

June 30, 2008

Flexible Leave Act to Take Effect October 1

The Flexible Leave Act, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley on May 22, will take effect October 1. The new law... More»

June 17, 2008

Federal Contractors Must Use E-Verify

President George W. Bush signed an executive order last week to require federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to confirm the legal status of employees used on federal contracts.... More»

April 18, 2008

Chamber Urges Governor O'Malley to Veto the Flexible Leave Act

Maryland Chamber President & CEO Kathy Snyder sent a letter to Governor Martin O’Malley yesterday urging him to veto HB 40, the Flexible Leave Act. The General Assembly passed the... More»

April 3, 2008

Senate Passes Bill to Clarify Wage Payment On Termination

The Maryland Senate unanimously passed (47-0) legislation to correct a recent change in Maryland law regarding the payment of unused leave time to employees upon termination. The bill, SB 797,... More»

March 6, 2008

Talking Business With Steny Hoyer

The U.S. Chamber sat down with Maryland Congressman, and House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer to discuss the Democrats’ progress so far and the business agenda ahead. uschamber.com: How would you... More»

December 17, 2007

Maryland Chamber's 2008 Business Agenda

The Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors recently approved its 2008 Business Agenda. Priorities for the 2008 General Assembly session include: Repealing the hastily adopted sales tax on computer services. Revising... More»

July 31, 2007

House Passes Ledbetter Act

The U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon passed H.R. 2831, the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007 by a vote of 225-199. “Passage of this bill, without even one hearing... More»

House Of Representatives Seeks To Overturn Ledbetter Decision

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. House of Representatives could vote today on H.R. 2831, the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This bill would overturn the Supreme Court’s... More»

July 20, 2007

Federal Minimum Wage Increase to take Effect July 24

The first of a three tiered federal minimum wage increase takes effect on July 24, when the minimum wage increases from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour. The minimum wage will... More»

July 19, 2007

U.S. House Cuts Budget of Agency Responsible for Union Oversight

The U.S. House of Representatives effectively cut the budget of the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) when it rejected an amendment by Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) that would have restored... More»

July 16, 2007

Employers Likely to Face More Discrimination Litigation

Despite the Maryland Chamber’s strong opposition, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation (SB 678/HB 314) that will permit employees and other civil rights complainants to obtain jury trials in State... More»

July 3, 2007

Card Check Will Be Back

The National Association of Manufacturer’s blog points to a letter to the editor in today’s Washington Examiner that discusses the importance of educating business people about the potential of losing... More»

June 26, 2007

Employee Free Choice Act Voted Down

Good News: The misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act” was defeated in the U.S. Senate when proponents failed to invoke cloture. Sixty votes were needed. The motion failed 51-48. The bill... More»

June 21, 2007

Mikulski's Response on Card Check Issue

If you responded to our legislative alert on the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act,” we wanted to take a minute to clarify something in the response you may have received... More»

June 19, 2007

Card Check Vote Nears

The U.S. Senate is set to act this week on legislation that would strip away employees’ freedom to choose whether or not union representation is right for themselves and their... More»

April 11, 2007

2007 Session Recap

We’ve posted a preliminary recap of the session. We’ll expand on it later this week.... More»

March 20, 2007

U.S. Senate Committee Schedules Hearing on Card Check Bill

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has scheduled a hearing on the card-check legislation for next Tuesday, March 27. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives... More»

March 2, 2007

House of Representatives Passes Card Check Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 800. the so called “Employee Free Choice Act. The Maryland Chamber opposed this legislation, which strips away employees’ freedom to choose whether or... More»

February 14, 2007

President Would Veto "Card Check" Bill

Speaking to the National Association of Manufacturers today, Vice President Dick Cheney said that if Congress passed H.R. 800, the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, the President would veto it.... More»

February 13, 2007

Save the Secret Ballot for Union Organizing Elections

Legislation in the U.S. Congress would strip away employees’ freedom to choose whether or not union representation is right for themselves and their families. Currently, the most common method for... More»

January 11, 2007

Remove Social Security Numbers from Paychecks

Maryland employers may no longer include Social Security numbers on employee paychecks, attachments to employees’ wage payment checks, notices of direct deposit, or notices of wage credits to debit cards... More»

October 26, 2006

Maryland UI Taxes Will Be Lower in 2007

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (“DLLR”) recently announced that UI Tax Table “A” will be in effect for calendar year 2007. As a result, 2007 tax rates... More»

October 23, 2006

2007 Business Agenda Released

During last week’s meeting of the Maryland Chamber’s Board of Directors, the Board adopted the Chamber’s 2007 Business Agenda. The agenda outlines the Chamber’s priorities for the coming year and... More»

April 12, 2006

Highlights and Lowlights of the 2006 General Assembly Session

The Chamber took positions on 169 bills this session. Click here for the highlights and lowlights. Related info: The Gazette: Annapolis ’06: A collapse at the wire Assembly minds business... More»

March 29, 2006

Nap Bill Laid to Rest

Legislation to create a state mandated ten minute rest period for every four consecutive hours worked by an employee was withdrawn last week. The Chamber opposed the bill (HB 1592),... More»

March 9, 2006

Workers' Compensation Roundup

A number of workers’ compensation bills will be heard today in the House Economic Matters Committee. Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Heather Hamilton will present the Chamber’s position to... More»

February 24, 2006

Minimum Wage Indexing Bill Has Slim Chance of Passage

Yesterday, I mentioned the bill hearing on the minimum wage indexing bill, HB 1142. Today’s Daily Record features a story that indicates that the bill’s chances of passage are slim.... More»

February 23, 2006

Chamber Opposes Indexing Minimum Wage

Maryland Chamber Chairman Terry Neimeyer, Chairman, President and CEO of KCI Technologies, Inc. is in town today to testify in opposition to HB 1142, Minimum Wage - Constitutional Right and... More»

February 3, 2006

Questions About the Minimum Wage Increase?

Maryland’s minimum wage increase, from $5.15 per hour to $6.15 per hour, takes effect February 16, 2006. If you have any questions about the new law, the Maryland Department of... More»