June 10, 2019
Content provided by: Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs
Permit Application Enhancements
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is streamlining the construction permitting process starting with updates to the online building permit application. This will be the first of a series of enhancements geared towards improving the customer application submittal experience.
Effective June 29, 2019, the following are required for all building permit applications at the specified time noted below:
At application submission:
- Documentation supporting the estimated construction value
Before permit issuance:
- Contractor, subcontractor and registered design professional information
In addition, the following changes will be made to the permit application system in the June 2019 release:
- Editing capability for contractor, subcontractor and registered design professional information before and after application submission
- Automatically populated information that includes building age
- Elimination of redundant information in the “Green Building” section
- Statistical data gathering for Opportunity Zone financing and Affordable Housing Projects
- Elimination of the requirement to submit a brand new application for permit revisions
Stay tuned to learn of additional application enhancements to come. Click here for more information and frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions regarding this communication, please contact DCRA’s Customer Service Department at DCRACS@dc.gov. DCRA actively uses feedback to improve our delivery and services; please take a minute to share your feedback on how we performed in our last engagement. Subscribe to receive DCRA news and updates.
May 13, 2019
Standing Up for District Workers
From the Office of the Attorney General
A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that low-wage workers lose an average of $64 per week—or more than $3,300 per year—when employers refuse to pay employees what they are rightfully owed. This is called “wage theft” and it is illegal in the District of Columbia.
In instances where employers take advantage of their workers, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) can take legal action to hold them accountable. Last week, we announced our largest wage theft win to date. OAG secured a settlement with Airway Sheet Metal Co. that will provide more than $100,000 in unpaid wages to 40 workers. Our investigation found evidence that, from 2015 to 2017, Airway failed to properly pay its workers overtime rates and failed to provide them with any paid sick leave, as required by District law.
Last year, OAG stepped up wage theft enforcement after working with the D.C. Council on legislation granting the agency independent authority to investigate and bring these cases. To date, OAG has obtained over $250,000 in judgments and settlements against businesses that have stolen wages from District workers.
If you believe your rights have been violated by your employer, report it to OAG at (202) 442-9854 or submit a complaint to the Department of Employment Services. Workers can also learn about their rights to fair wages, overtime pay, and sick leave with our free resources.
OAG will continue to hold employers accountable when they fail to pay workers what they have rightfully earned.
Karl A. Racine
April 19, 2019
ACE representatives where among the large group of legislative clients, elected representatives, friends, and family members who attended a tribute honoring David Bailey of David Bailey Associates on April 16, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Bailey was recognized for his 40+ years of non-partisan involvement in the political process within the Commonwealth.
April 6th, 2019
The Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) hosted a legislative dinner in early February 2019. The ACE Committee had the opportunity to mingle and eat dinner with important members of the Maryland General Assembly, the Senate Finance and House Economic Matters Committee.
Attendees shared visions with influential members of the legislature and discussed pertinent issues that affect our contractors. This dinner was a huge success and we look forward to continue to develop the relationships that we formed with these important leaders and stakeholders.
March 15, 2019
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)
Special Representative to the General President
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March 14, 2019
Construction Industry Tax Rip-Off Estimated at $2.6 Billion
-1.2 Million Construction Workers Paid Off-the Books-
Washington, D.C. – The tax fraud epidemic in the construction industry is costing state and federal taxpayers in the United States at least $2.6 billion a year, according to a new estimate done by Smart Cities Prevail for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC).
“It is a conservative estimate,” said Frank Spencer, UBC General Vice President. “We found 1.2 million construction workers are paid off the books each year. Another 300,000 are called independent contractors when they’re really employees, so no tax deductions and they’re stripped of protections. That’s shocking. Think about it: The number of construction workers forced to work off-the-books is about four times greater than the number of misclassified workers. There’s no mistaking the blatant tax fraud.”
March 11, 2019
The Washington DC Chamber of Commerce proposed Final Rules for Paid Family Leave:
PFL Tax Rules Resolution Transmittal Version
November 20th, 2018
Contractors and Subcontractors can obtain information on payments made by the Department of General Services to prime contractors
in the District of Columbia by clicking here
in VIRGINIA, click here
A new amendment at DC City Council has been proposed affecting the garnishment of wages. On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 CM Elissa Silverman is holding a round-tablebefore the Committee on Labor and Workforce’s implementation of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. The committee will review quarterly reports due by June 30 in addition to the status of other elements implementation.
Please let Doug know if you wish to testify before July 9, 2018. You may also submit written statement to Ms. Royster at email@example.com.
On another subject, Council members Grosso, Nadeau, Bonds, Silverman, Evans, and White are sponsoring this amendment to prevent wage garnishment from individuals making less than the DC living wage, to limit the amount that (more…)
“Testimony related to the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) at the DC Council Committee on Labor & Workforce Development’s Budget Oversight Hearing on April 18th “
Please note- testimony from Fred Codding and Vic Cornellier can be witnessed at time 2 hour 07 mins – 2 hour 27 mins.