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Age and Wage Issues Among Many Resolved On Election Day

As votes in yesterday’s elections continue to be tallied, there were several developments of interest to employers and to labor and employment practitioners alike. Age: The ADEA Applies To Public Sector Employers Of All Sizes First, yesterday morning, the Supreme Court announced its first decision of the 2018-19 term.  In a unanimous (8-0) ruling, the […]

D.C. Creates New Training And Reporting Obligations For Employers With Tipped Employees

You may recall that earlier this year, voters in the District of Columbia passed an initiative (Initiative 77) that would have increased the minimum wage for tipped employees (who predominantly work in the restaurant, hotel, and retail service industries) incrementally up to $15.00 an hour by 2025. Recently, however, the D.C. Council changed course by […]

New Maryland Employment Laws That Took Effect October 1

On October 1, 2018, several new employment  laws take effect in Maryland.  A previous blog post addressed new general contractor liability for its subcontractors’ failure to pay the subcontractors’ own employees. Under the new law, subcontractors’ employees can sue not only the subcontractor for wage claims, but also the general contractor, who likely has no […]

Maryland General Assembly Considering Bills Aimed At Workplace Sexual Harassment

Maryland’s House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation that would ban employment agreement that limit rights to sue for future claims of sexual harassment. Senate Bill 1010 — the “Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018” — would make void any provision in an employment contract, policy, or agreement that waives any […]

U.S. House Votes To Amend ADA’s Public Accommodations Requirements

This past Thursday, the House of Representatives passed (by a vote of 225 to 192) the “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.”  The bill is designed predominantly to alter the procedures that must be followed concerning alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, […]

Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act To Become Law February 11th

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act (House Bill 1 in 2017’s General Assembly).  As a result of the legislature’s action, the Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) will go into effect on February 11, 2018.  In preparation, Maryland employers should […]

Governor Hogan Offers “The Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018” – Now What?

Six months ago, we reported that the alleged veto-proof Healthy Working Families Act (HWFA) was vetoed by Governor Hogan.  At that time, Governor Hogan called the bill “deeply flawed” and “job-killing.”  He then created a task force to study paid sick leave plans and submit a report so that his administration could submit emergency legislation […]

House Passes Legislation Narrowing Joint Employer Doctrine

One of the most pressing issues for employers and contractors is the joint employer doctrine.  This doctrine allows the NLRB and other agencies to consider one business the employer of another business’ employee if it had indirect or potential control over the second business’ employees.  What is indirect or potential control, you ask?  Therein lies […]

Two Employment Related Measures Under Consideration By Congress

At least two employment-related bills have been introduced in Congress in recent days.  The first, H.R. 4219, dubbed the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to include an option for qualified flexible workplace arrangements.  Under the legislation in its current form, employers would voluntarily offer […]