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Maryland Employee Terminated For Failure To Follow Company Policy Can Proceed On Wrongful Discharge Claim

Most employers are well-versed in statutory laws which prohibit termination of an employee for reasons such as a discrimination or retaliation.  But its lesser known that some states like Maryland have a catch-all cause of action for situations where an employee claims her termination violates public policy, but no statute provides a remedy.  Under those […]

Jury Decides That Mercedes Benz Did Not Deliver The Best To A Former Employee With Cancer

A Mercedes Benz dealership in Seattle violated the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Washington state disability law when it denied its finance director the chance to return to work after his surgery for vocal chord cancer.  The federal jury awarded the employee nearly $5 million. Troy Coachman worked for Seattle Auto […]

NLRB’s Office of General Counsel Issues More Advice Memoranda

On September 14, 2018, the NLRB’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) issued a handful of advice memos, several of which are summarized here: The misclassification of employees as independent contractors violates the NLRA because misclassification has and will operate as a restraint on, and interference with, the individuals’ exercise of their Section 7 rights.   Telemundo […]

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 […]

Former Pepsi Employee’s ADEA Claim Fizzles Out

To prevail on a claim of discriminatory termination under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), an employee must show that he was meeting job expectations.  Moreover, even if an employee can establish a prima facie case, an employer can prevail by showing that the personnel decision was made for a legitimate, non-discriminatory reason.  In […]

Understanding Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation

Handling employee requests to telework can be tricky, especially when the request is accompanied by a doctor’s note recommending the employee work at home all or most of the time. But just providing a doctor’s note does not entitle an employee to work at home.  An employer needs enough information to understand whether teleworking is a […]

SSA To Resume Sending “No-Match” Letters

Beginning in 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume sending “no-match” letters to employers when information submitted on tax forms does not match SSA records. Typically, the name and social security number reported by a worker on Form W-4 does not match the information in SSA databases.  The practice was ended by the Obama administration […]

Union Threatens Strike over Marriott’s Green Initiative

News reports on virtually everything over the past week (ok, more like nearly two years) has me shaking my head at the “crazy town” world we find ourselves living in.  I have restrained myself from writing blogs about the various things I regularly find absurd, largely because it would consume more time than I have.  […]

NLRB Proposes Joint-Employer Standard Rule

Today, the National Labor Relations Board (Board) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to establish the standard for finding that one entity is a joint employer with another entity.  Under the proposed rule, an employer may be a joint-employer of another employer’s employees “only if [1] it possesses and exercises direct and immediate control […]