Connect@Lunch at Cubano's this Wednesday

Connect@Lunch with GSSCC members from noon to 1:30 p.m. this Wednesday, March 22, at  Cubano's  (1201 Fidler Lane).  This members-only networking lunch includes an appetizer and choice of entree. Only a few spots left, so click here to register today


Senate Passes Mandatory Paid Leave
The Senate passed its version of a mandatory paid sick leave bill last week; that bill now moves to the House. The House bill has moved over to the Senate Finance Committee. Differences need to be worked out, or one chamber will have to accept the other's version. Calling the legislation bad for business, Governor Hogan promises to veto it, if it passed by the House. As of now, it appears that the proponents have enough votes to override the veto and implement the law statewide. However, both bills differ from existing law in Montgomery County and would not require Montgomery County to comply with state law.

Today is Crossover Day
Today, each chamber of the General Assembly is required to send the other chamber those bills it intends to pass favorably this session. Opposite chamber bills received after this date are subject to referral to the Rules Committees before moving.

Employers May be Barred from Seeking Candidates' Salary History 
Legislation that would prohibit an employer from inquiring into or obtaining an applicant's salary history has been passed by the House. (A companion bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Susan Lee from Montgomery County.) Before passing, the House bill was amended to delete sections that would have required employers to post the salary for an open position in any job announcements or other information.

Non-compete, Conflict of Interest Bill Moving
Legislation, introduced by Montgomery County Delegate Al Carr, would restrict the ability of an employer to enforce non-compete and conflict of interest clauses and to protect client lists or other company information from being shared with competitors by former employees. The bill passed the House and is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on March 29. A companion bill was rejected by this committee previously.

New Bill Would Expand Unemployment Insurance to Contractors 
Montgomery County Senator Roger Manno has introduced a bill that would expand the definition of "employee" such that it could cover some independent contractors, making them eligible to file unemployment insurance claims. Though it was considered a "late-filed" bill because it was submitted after the deadline, it has been scheduled for a public hearing this Thursday because it is co-sponsored by the head of the Senate Finance Committee.

As of Sunday, the bill count was 2,857. Click here  for a summary of relevant legislation. 
Thanks to SchmoozaPalooza Sponsors; Congratulations to Winners
Thanks to Welcome Sponsor Statland & Katz! Julie Statland with Sabrina Morales and
 Ann McCartin.
Thanks to Marquee Sponsor DARCARS! Walter Siguenza and Ramin Robinson at the event.
Thanks to Entertainment Sponsor RCN!  Charlotte Peregoy with Shannon Babe-Thomas (Community Bridges).
 A trio of Levine Music faculty members kept the evening swinging with light jazz.
Congratulations to Early-Bird Reservation cash prize winner Randy Shannon (Web Strategies)! Thanks to sponsor Apex Home Loans represented by Keller Shinholser.
Congratulations to Teriffic Ten cash prize winner Kim Levone (Improbable Comedy)! Prize presented by GSSCC Chair Stephaine Steele
(The Fillmore).

See more event photos on GSSCC's Facebook page here.
* Congratulations to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore on celebrating its one-year anniversary in Silver Spring! The store hosted a celebration this past weekend featuring upcycling demonstrations and entertainment.

* Congratulations to Apex Home Loans on being named, for the third time in four years, a Future 50 award winner by SmartCEO magazine! Click here to read the release.

* Silver Spring Green and GreenWheaton Inc. have merged to form One Montgomery Green, with the mission of bringing together diverse perspectives from businesses, residents, and government to catalyze the transition to sustainability. Learn more here. The new organization will celebrate with a "Green Drinks" reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Thursday, March 23, at Lincoln's Bar-B-Que (931 Ellsworth Drive). 

* Advance will host two production print workshops for organizations that depend on printed materials for marketing and customer or employee engagement. The workshops, which include lunch, are scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 (in the showroom at 10755 York Road, Cockeysville) and Thursday, March 30 (in VisArts at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville). To register, click here.

* The Montgomery County Department of General Services is seeking a tenant for approximately 4,000 square feet of space on the ground floor of the Silver Spring Library. For details, click here.

* Interfaith Works is hosting its 20th anniversary "Companies Caring Breakfast" 
from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  on Thursday, April 20, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Road).  To view the invitation, click  here .
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 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