February 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

Why Didn’t You Vote for SUBBY? Although 50% of our members voted for a Subby (so far), we were hoping for 100%.  If you would have voted, but missed it somehow, please respond to this email and let us send you another ballot.  If someone from your company has already voted, you will not be able to, but we can check.  Please reply.  Today is the LAST DAY to vote.

If you or your company is a Subby Nominee, check out page 21 of the Feb. 2nd Washington Buisiness Journal.  A great ad listing all the nominees.  

Have You Bought Your SUBBY Ticket?  We are expecting a record turn-out for this year’s SUBBYs, but there is always room for you.  Click here to see who is comingBuy your ticket here.

Can We Accomplish Effective Scheduling? On the morning of Feb. 6th, Ryan Jacob with Grunley and Kevin Nearpass with LF Jennings will present scheduling from a GCs point of view on the campus of the University of Maryland in College Park.  They will explore effective ways to improve communications so that subs benefit from an effective schedule.  Register here for a valuable work session on how a schedule is supposed to work and how to improve the scheduling process.  Bring those in the office and the field who have to address scheduling.  PLEASE do not wait until the last minute to register. 

Women’s Power Panel Was Effective – More than 100 attendees learned how to make the construction industry more inviting to women.  It was an eye-opening hour that everyone reading this should have experienced.  Although most of the audience was women, the men in the audience learned a lot about “unconscious bias” that we still hold.  Here are some things that I learned:

  • Women will come forward if they feel they are being treated unfairly.  Over are the days of women staying in the background because of fear.
  • If women apply for low skill jobs, encourage them to go into apprenticeship or job training to become a technician. 
  • If a woman is pregnant consider part-time work.
  • Create an atmosphere where women do not feel different, but are comfortable.  Being allowed to talk about it will change the culture.
  • Don’t ask women to do “women’s work” (take minutes, set up lunch, etc.), when a man can do it just as well.

The Impact of the New Tax Legislation on Subcontractors -
On Tuesday, Tom Bailey from Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C., a Bethesda based accounting, tax and advisory member firm, presented on the new tax legislation. The new legislation will effect subcontractor businesses and individuals on everything from the new tax brackets to considerations of whether to change the filing status of your business, to deductions and credits. For a full copy of Tom’s presentation, click here. He can be reached at 301.986.0600 or via email at tbailey@cbmcpa.com.

Maryland: The state legislature overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act. Although the new law exempts union workers in the construction industry, other employees are impacted. Specifically, under the new law:

  • Employers with 15 or more employees must provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year.
  • Employers with 14 or fewer employees must grant employees unpaid sick leave.
  • Employees who regularly work fewer than 12 hours per week are exempt.
  • Employees may use leave for illness or for other reasons such as caring for a family member, maternity or paternity leave, or to obtain services in connection with an incident of domestic violence or stalking.

The new law takes effect on Feb. 11, 2018.

Attend SubExcel – Five members from ASA of Metro Washington are attending the ASA National Convention, SubExcel in Tempe, Arizona.  See what is offered and join us in warm and welcoming Tempe.  Click here to learn more.


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Advocacy Issues

Advocacy Issues   

  • District - ACE and ASA are seeking legislation to protect a Sub from being liable for the sole negligence of another.  This protection already exists in Virginia and Maryland.
  • Maryland – Since the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act is now law, Governor Hogan issued an executive order establishing an Office of Small Business Regulatory Assistance to help address the law.  Reply to this email to obtain a copy of the Executive Order.
  • Virginia – ASAMW and ACE’s  “Trust Fund” Bill will be put off for a year.  This bill introduced by Senator Chap Petersen will prevent a prime contractor from using funds due to a sub for purposes other than to pay the sub.  After discussions with Virginia AGC and the Virginia Bar, there are some issues to work out to make this more acceptable to these groups.    

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Member Updates


  • Lynne Cook has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Principal at Early Cassidy & Schilling.  ECS has been a strong part of ASA of Metro Washington since 1971. Per Lynne, “I am honored to become part of the executive team at EC&S. Our clients are some of the finest firms and people doing business in this part of the country.”

  • Welcome to our newest IESG Supporting General Contractor.  WCS Construction LLC in DC joins ten other of the Best General Contractors in the DMV supporting our fairness mission.    

  • Insurance Associates announced a move to One Church Street from 21 Church Street where they operated for ten years in Rockville.

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