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Montgomery County's new Earned Sick and Safe Law goes into effect on October 1. It will require most employers in the County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the County. The legislation requires employers to provide earned sick and safe leave at a rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours an employee works in the County up to 56 hours in a calendar year. An employer with fewer than five employees would have to provide an employee with up to 32 hours of paid sick and safe leave per year plus an additional 24 hours of unpaid sick and safe leave. Employers are required to give employees written notice that they are entitled to earned sick and safe leave under the new law. The notice must include a statement of how sick and safe leave is accrued, the permitted uses of earned sick and safe leave, a statement that the employer must not retaliate against an employee for exercising the rights established by the law. 

* Click here for more details about the new law.
* Click here for a link to the notice that all employers are required to post.

GSSCC Members Connect at Summit Group After-Hours

More than 100 Young Professionals Meet at Regional Happy Hour

 * AFI Silver is presenting its 27th Annual Latin American Film Festival through October 5. The best filmmaking from Latin America will be featured and there will be a chance to meet filmmaker guests. Click here for more information. 

*Artivate is hosting its Annual Gala Celebration from 7:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, October 5, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The event will include a silent auction, and performances. Click here to learn more. 

The Urban Winery is teaming up with Hermit Woods Winery to host a marketing workshop and happy hour. This event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, and will focus on successfully marketing a niche business. Click here for more information. 

Downtown Silver Spring is hosting its Silver Spring Dance Fitness Festival from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9. This is a free public outdoor event focused on building a physically active and healthy community. Click here for more details.

Montgomery College is hosting the 8th Annual World of Montgomery 2016 Festival at the Rockville Campus from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. This event will spotlight cultures from many countries. Click here to learn more.

Cornerstone Montgomery is hosting its 2016 Inclusion Works Networking and Employer Awards Breakfast at The Fillmore Silver Spring from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19. This event will offer networking opportunities with more than 100 employer partners. Click here for more information. 

Congratulations to Sandy Spring Bank for being recognized by Forbes as one of the 50 Most Trustworthy Financial Companies in America for the 11th consecutive year. Read more here.

* Congratulations to Executive Director Lisa Martin, from Silver Spring Town Center Inc., for receiving the County Executive's Award for Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. There will be a ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24th. Tickets are free. Click here to learn more and register.

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Upcoming GSSCC Committee Meetings

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

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

Membership Committee Meeting9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25

Economic Development Committee Meeting - 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 27

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; Bud Miller Associates, Inc.; 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; Elite Personnel; 
My Office Products; Signs By Tomorrow;
Social & Scientific Systems.

 Friends- Harvey Maisel/Maisel Hollins Development