February 11, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Fillmore Silver Spring

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7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Wednesday, February 20

8070 Georgia Avenue

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5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 28

8630 Fenton Street

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From the Halls of the General Assembly. . .

On the agenda in Annapolis this week are public hearings for several bills that affect employer-employee and workplace matters.  

SB280/HB166 - Minimum Wage and Enforcement (Fight for Fifteen) - The Senate version of this bill will be heard in the Finance Committee on Thursday.  GSSCC will submit testimony recommending amendments to the bill so that it conforms with current Montgomery County law, specifically extending the ramp up time for small businesses, keeping the current tip wage law, and restoring protections to employers against groundless or malicious complaints made by employees.

HB634 - Wage History and  Wage Range - GSSCC will again oppose this legislation that would prohibit employers from seeking information about previous salary history from prospective employers. This bill will be heard on Tuesday.

GSSCC continues to watch HB341 - Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program, championed by  Montgomery County Delegate Arianna Kelly'. This bill would create an employer-employee paid insurance program to provide paid leave to employees taking family and medical leave.  The bill differs from previous versions introduced by Del. Kelly because, in addition to allowing employees to contribute to the fund, the new version would require an employer contribution.  The biggest unknown at the moment is how much is the program is going to cost and what the per employee cost will be for employers.  If this bill moves, we will be asking for some type of exemption or credit for employers who already offer employees short-term disability.  SB500, a similar bill introduced by Sen. Antonio Hayes from Prince George's County, would create an employee-funded program, without requiring an employer contribution. It is scheduled for hearing in early March.
Join the Community of GSSCC Energy Savers
Our Energy Purchasing Cooperative = Savings for Your Business, Your Employees

Does your company pay its energy costs directly to a supplier (i.e. Pepco or Washington Gas)?   If so, GSSCC's Commercial Energy Purchasing Cooperative - free for members - can save you money and stabilize your energy costs. GSSCC has partnered with energy experts CQI Associates to bring this money-saving program to you.  And, it can provide a  free benefit you can offer your employees who live in Maryland. Want to learn more?   Take advantage of a free webinars offered by CQI.

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* Create Arts will "Paint the Town" at its first fundraising gala, set for Saturday, April 27. The evening includes live music, food (including a Nothing Bundt Cake bar), and raffle prizes, all to raise money to support CREATE's art education programs and expanded art therapy services for veterans and their families. Click here for information and tickets. 
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Upcoming Committee/Group Meetings

* Non-Profit Team - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 12

* Economic Development Committee - 9 .m. on Thursday, February 21. Montgomery County Planning Department's research team will present its latest report: County Trends - A Look at People, Housing, Jobs since 1990

* Membership Development Committee - 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26
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 2018-2019 GSSCC Partners
Corporate Partners - Downtown Silver Spring; Lee Development Group; Montgomery College; Statland & Katz/Joseph W. McCartin Insurance; Washington Adventist Hospital

Business Partners - Andalman & Flynn, AFI Silver Theatre; Apex Home Loans; Atlantech Online; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; Digital Industry; EagleBank; Eggspectation; 
The Fillmore Silver Spring; Lerch, Early & Brewer Chtd.; Linowes and Blocher, LLP; Revere Bank; The Tower Companies (The Blairs); United Therapeutics Corporation; Washington Property Company.

Partners - Adam Lowe Creative; Bell Flowers; EBA Ernest Bland Associates; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow.
To reach the Chamber staff, call 301-565-3777.
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