Virginia Legislative Update

April 29, 2020

What have we accomplished?

  • As of July 1, 2020 “offset” language in a contract that allows a prime contractor to withhold funds on one job because of a dispute on another job is void and unenforceable.
  • Legal protection for subcontractors by preventing a prime contractor from requiring an advance waiver of a subcontractor’s lien and bond rights prior to work starting.
  • Laws penalizing contractors who misclassify their employees as independent contractors.
  • Access payments  made by Virginia’s Department of General Services to prime contractors, HERE.

What can we accomplish:

  • A payment transparency website will list all payments by agencies of the Commonwealth to prime contractors.
  • ACE is monitoring legislation that would eliminate construction contract “condition precedent” language (GC will only pay you when GC gets paid, even if the subcontractor has properly completed its work).

Maryland Minimum Wage Increase

April 5, 2019


On March 20th, the Maryland House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate reached an agreement on a Conference Committee Report on HB 166 and SB 280. Both Chambers subsequently voted to approve the Conference Committee Report, thus finalizing the legislation.  It will now be on its way to the Governor’s desk for further action.

As reported in The Washington Post, the minimum wage in Maryland will go to $15 / hour.  In the final version there will be an increase of $1.00/year until reaching $15 on January 1, 2025 for employers over 15 employees.  Smaller employers will have additional time to reach the $15 maximum.



Testimony from DC Employment Services – Labor & Workforce Development



Full Video


“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.  

Staying Up To Date With Construction Requirements Under The Law

D.C. Politics

Audit: D.C. fails to enforce law requiring contractors to hire out-of-work residents











The renovation of Duke Ellington School of the Arts was among the projects reviewed by the D.C. Auditor’s office as part of an audit of the city’s local hiring requirement. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/The Washington Post)


By Fenit Nirappil April 19 at 3:00 AM Email the author


The District government failed to make sure that companies with city contracts hired unemployed residents as required by law and rarely penalized those who didn’t, according to an audit released Thursday.

Between 2013 and 2016, the city failed to enforce local hiring requirements, even after lawmakers tightened the rules and added penalties in 2011, according to a report by D.C. Auditor Kathleen Patterson.

The 30-year-old “First Source” program is based on a simple principle: Private companies that receive public dollars should help city residents find work.