Anne Arundel Co. Exec Pittman Signs Bill on Minimum Wage Increase, Benefits for Construction Workers

Yesterday, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman signed a bill into law to establish a minimum wage and benefits for construction trade employees. Pittman signed into law Bill 72-21, passed by the county council on October 4, along party lines. Prior, Pittman, County Council members, and labor unions advocated for increased wages and benefits for construction trade professionals that do business with the county. Baltimore City and Baltimore, Montgomery, Charles, and Prince George’s counties have all implemented…

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Howard to Host School Bus Driver Hiring Fair Tomorrow
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Howard to Host School Bus Driver Hiring Fair Tomorrow

Howard County will host a school bus driver hiring fair on Friday, October 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Wilde Lake High School Cafeteria. As Howard County and the rest of the state continue to face school bus driver shortages, Howard County Public Schools (HCPS) is hosting a school bus driver hiring fair to fill vacancies and accelerate hiring. From a HCPS press release: No registration is required to attend the event. Attendees are encouraged (but not…

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$3.2M Investment Announced for Maryland Apprenticeships

Governor Hogan announced the investment of $3.2M into a new Employer Incentive Plan (EIP), which will encourage businesses to register new apprentices and increase participation in the state’s Registered Apprenticeship program. Registered apprenticeships provide job seekers with an opportunity to earn a salary and learn through a combination of on-the-job training and classroom instruction, while employers can develop a highly skilled workforce and grow their talent pipeline. Apprenticeships were the subject of a MACo 2021…

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Anne Arundel Passes Minimum Wage Increase, Benefits for Construction Workers

On Monday, October 4, the Anne Arundel County Council passed a bill to establish a minimum wage and benefits for construction trade employees in a 4 -3 vote along partisan lines. County Executive Steuart Pittman, County Council members and labor unions advocated for increased wages and benefits for construction trade professionals that do business with the county. Some council members raised concerns during debate on Bill 72-21 about how passing such a measure would effect…

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State Labor Department Shares “Back to Work” Resources with Local Leaders

On a recent call with county and municipal leaders, Assistant Secretary of Labor Jim Rzepkowski reviewed a variety of programs and resources constituting a "back to work" effort for employers and workers across Maryland. During a bi-weekly call bringing together Administration and local government leaders, Assistant Secretary Rzepkowski spoke about a number of programs under the Department engineered to help accelerate job regrowth in the months ahead. The full presentation is available online as a…

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What Does the New Federal COVID Action Plan Mean for Maryland’s Counties?

On September 9, the Biden administration announced a new COVID-19 Action Plan, featuring new administrative and regulatory actions to improve vaccination rates across the country. Of the six components to the new plan, titled, “The Path Out of the Pandemic,” at the forefront for county governments is a vaccine mandate for all federal agencies, federal contractors, and employers with 100 or more employees in the 28 states that participate in the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health…

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Nominations Now Open for Harford County Disabilities Commission’s 2021 Employment Recognition Awards

Harford County has officially opened nominations for its annual awards program recognizing exemplary service shown by local employees with disabilities and their employers. This year's awards program theme is "America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion" which emphasizes the essential role people with disabilities play in America's economic recovery and the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to employment and community involvement as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each year during National Disability Employment Awareness Month,…

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MACo OPEB Trust Offers Plug-and-Play Solution for Healthcare Liabilities

The MACo OPEB Investment Trust - designed to help counties put current assets to work toward long-term health care liabilities - is performing well, delivering healthy returns, and serving member needs. Trustees convened this week for a quarterly remote meeting to review its performance and management. The Board of Trustees of the MACo OPEB Investment Trust convened a quarterly meeting via WebEx on September 10. In addition to reviewing investment strategy and performance, and discussing…

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County Leaders Discuss the Importance of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion as Employers and Service Providers

Diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) are increasingly important concepts. County policymakers dove into the concept and how to better incorporate DEI into county practices as employers and service providers. At the 2021 MACo Summer Conference session, "The Why Behind DEI: The Power of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace," attendees discussed the importance of policy informed by diverse voices and experiences and shared best practices for incorporating them into county decision making. The session was…

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