FROM THE HALLS OF ANNAPOLIS - GENERAL ASSEMBLY UPDATE

New Emergency Bill Would Virtually Eliminate Independent Contractors
Montgomery County Senator Roger Manno has introduced a bill that would vastly expand the requirements for an individual to be considered an independent contractor. By strategic use of the word "and," the bill requires that if the individual does not meet all 18 criteria, outlined under the traditional A,B,C rule, he or she is considered an employee for the purposes of unemployment insurance. It takes the criteria currently used in part by the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation to determine an individual's status and applies all of them to the determination. If enacted, the bill would make most freelance photographers, graphic designers, sales persons, and many others employees of the companies for which they do contract work. As such, companies would have to report and pay unemployment insurance on these individuals, and would be subject to unemployment claims on the basis of the new law. This bill is a drastic over-reach by labor and employment groups. It is particularly worrisome because it has the support of Senator Thomas (Mac) Middleton, chair of the Senate Finance Committee. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow at 1 p.m. in that committee. GSSCC is working with the Maryland Chamber and other business groups to stop this bill before it is heard, or at least before a vote can be taken. Here is a link to the bill. 

Bill to Bar Employers from Seeking Candidates' Salary History May be Stalled
Legislation that would prohibit an employer from inquiring into or obtaining an applicant's salary history has been passed by the House, but has, at least temporarily, stalled in the Senate Finance Committee. A hearing scheduled for this week was cancelled. A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Susan Lee from Montgomery County had received an unfavorable report from Senate Finance earlier. The House bill had been amended to delete sections that would have required employers to post the salary for an open position in any job announcements or other information.

Hearing for Non-compete, Conflict of Interest Bill Cancelled
A hearing scheduled for this week was cancelled on legislation that would restrict the ability of an employer to enforce non-compete and conflict of interest clauses and to protect client lists or ot her company information from being shared with competitors by former employees. That means it is unlikely that this bill , introduced by Montgomery County Delegate Al Carr, will move further this year.
Members Share Services, Needs, and Connect@Lunch
Thanks to our sponsor, Sunrise of Chevy Chase! Ronald Dickey, marketing director, outlined services offered.
Connie Rhind-Robey, Speedpro Imaging Silver Spring, presented her company, encouraged Member-2-Member business.
Chiquita Sorrels, Caitlin Enterprises described her company's offerings.
Network After-Hours at Urban Winery

. . .from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at Urban Winery (949 Bonifant Street). GSSCC members attend for free. Click here  to register today
Network and Get a Professional Head Shot

GSSCC's Young Professional's Network will host a "Professional Head Shots Workshop" presented by Adam Lowe of Adam Lowe Creative  from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  on Friday, April 21, at Not Your Average Joe's (8661 Colesville Road). The workshop includes a free sitting and digital image; prints and other upgrades will be available for a fee. Registration fee is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. Click here  to sign up
GSSCC Cuts the Ribbon for the Grand Opening of LA Fitness
GSSCC President congratulates LA Fitness District Manager Shah Channa, with Aspen Hill General Manager Marc Bullock, Operations Manager Saurabh Paul, and other local staff.
Thanks to GSSCC Chair-Elect Robert Scott, My Office Products, and Membership Committee member Rick Weedon, Health & Lifestyle Solutions for joining the ribbon cutting.
* SpeedPro Imaging  Silver Spring is seeking a full-time production manager for its studio.  To see the full job description, click  here .  To apply  send an email to crobey@speedpro.com.

* Congratulations to Jackie Kindall of  Kindall Evolve Consulting LLC  on its one year anniversary!

Improbable Comedy is offering a 20 percent discount to GSSCC members for its "Stand-Up at Highwood" performance from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Highwood Theatre (914 Silver Spring Avenue, 2nd floor). Click here to access the discounted tickets. 

* Allset Restaurant and Bar (8630 Fenton Street) will host award-winning jazz pianist Marcus Johnson for a performance and exclusive signing of his new book from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Click here for more information and to make reservations.

* Montgomery County Department of Environmental Division of Solid Waste Services will host a recycling seminar for local businesses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at Courtyard Gaithersburg (Washingtonian Center, 204 Boardwalk Place, Gaithersburg). cost is $10 per person. Click here for details and to register.

* SERVPRO, the official cleanup and restoration company of the PGA Tour, has expanded its relationship with the tour by becoming the presenting sponsor of the PGA Fantasy Golf games, available at pgatour.com/fantasy.  The "One & Cone" games were launched in January in connection with tournaments in Hawaii. Players can join the play anytime throughout the tour from now through the Fall. For  more information, click here.

* Mike's Locksmith is now Mike's Locksmith & Security. The company has added alarm systems and monitoring (coming this summer) and elderly emergency alert to its list of services.  
See your company's news here! GSSCC is pleased to highlight news from our member companies in this section of the weekly e-news. Please submit items via email to info@gsscc.org before close of business each Friday. Include a pdf of news releases or other flyers.
Upcoming GSSCC Committee/Group Meetings

* Membership Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28

* Events Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4

* Young Professionals Network Meeting - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5

* Non-Profit Team Meeting - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11

* Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 20 - Update on redevelopment of former Walter Reed Army Hospital property

About GSSCC Committee/Team Meetings:  All GSSCC members are welcome to participate in Chamber committees. Members are welcome to attend committee meetings to assess interest in joining a committee. Meetings are typically held in the GSSCC Conference Room. Advance RSVP is required and priority will be given to existing committee members when speakers are scheduled.
  Thank you to our 2016-2017 GSSCC Partners
 
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz Insurance, Inc.; Washington Adventist Hospital


 
Business Partners - AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Digital Industry; Discovery Communications; EagleBank; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Holy Cross Hospital; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; M&T Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corp.; Washington Property Company.


 
Partners - Adam S. Lowe Photography; Atlantech Online; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.


 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development