What A Trump Presidency May Mean For The U.S. Workplace

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
11/10/2016
The unexpected election of Donald Trump to the Presidency on Tuesday raises many questions for employers and employment lawyers.  At the federal level, Mr. Trump has indicated in one form or another that he intends to change the American workplace.  What follows is by no means an all-inclusive list, it merely reflects some of the areas on which Mr. Trump has commented.  Time will tell what he will accomplish with Congress or by executive order. ...
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Maryland SuperLawyers, 2016 edition

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
12/17/2015
Kollman & Saucier is pleased to announce that five of its partners made the annual list that is published each year by SuperLawyers: Frank Kollman, Pete Saucier, Darrell VanDeusen, Randi Klein Hyatt, and Eric Paltell (who was also, once again, named one of Maryland’s Top 100 attorneys).  Each of these attorneys was selected for his or her practice in management labor and employment...
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D.C. Council Considering New Law Requiring 16 Weeks of Paid Family Leave

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
10/06/2015
According to an article in today's Washington Post, the District of Columbia Council is considering legislation that would provide every full-time and part-time employee in the District with 16 weeks of paid family and medical leave.  If passed by the Council, the law would be by far the most generous family leave law in the country. Under the  proposed legislation, an employee making up to $52,000 a year would get 100% of their pay for 16 weeks...
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Touching in the “Crotch Area” Only A Few Times Doesn’t Create a Hostile Work Environment

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
06/30/2015
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals  held that a female African American travelling phlebotomist’s claims of hostile work environment, constructive discharge, and retaliation for allegedly failing to adequately mitigate sexual and racial harassment by a nursing home patient were properly dismissed. The patient’s conduct was not so severe that it rose to the level of actionable hostile work environment sexual harassment. Likewise, the employee...
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Of Mice, Moves, and the Welfare State

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
06/22/2015
Tomorrow we will move out of the house we have lived in for 20 years. Its the place we raised our children, and, for the most part, the only home they have ever known.  Times like this make one reflect, and an experience moving out a chair yesterday made me contemplate the impact of  government benefits on motivation.  Here's how. We have a two year old cat who, when she was little, obsessed with her catnip-filled stuffed mouse. She would chase...
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Hey NLRB: WTF? That Means “Why The Foolishness?” What Did You Think it Meant?

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
06/08/2015
You may recall a April 7, 2015 blogpost where I discussed the NLRB’s decision that an employee who called his boss a “motherfucker” and wrote on Facebook to “f--k his mother and his entire f--king family!!!!” had engaged in protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) since that “colorful” language was related as a part of a union campaign. Pier Sixty, LLC, 362 NLRB No. 59 (March 31, 2015). Just when you thought it...
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"Of Course It's White and Gold!

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
02/27/2015
If you were doing what tens of millions of others around the world were doing  yesterday, you logged on to the internet, clicked on this  link, and then argued with whoever was with you about the color of a dress.  That's right -- the color of dress (please click on the link and I promise it will make sense, kind of).   Here's how the conversation between me, my wife,  and my daughter went: Daughter: "What color is the dress, Dad? Me:...
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Two New Employment Laws Take Effect this Month in the District of Columbia

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
01/12/2015
The Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act of 2014 took effect January 6, 2015. The Act requires all employers in the District of Columbia, regardless of size, to make reasonable accommodations for employees affected by childbirth, pregnancy, and related medical conditions, unless the employer can show that doing so would cause an undue hardship (significant difficulty or expense to the employer’s business.) An employer’s duty to engage in an...
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You Mean They Can Legally Not Hire Me Because I Smoke?

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
07/15/2014
In Maryland, and in approximately twenty states, the answer is “yes.” In an unusual (though modern) move, the Anne Arundel Medical Center (the “Hospital”) recently announced that starting in July 2015 it plans on no longer hiring smokers. Like a growing number of health systems, universities and other businesses, the Hospital will require a urine test for nicotine use for all job applicants. The policy will not affect existing employees,...
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The Use of Unpaid Interns: Is It Worth the Risk?

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
05/19/2014
It’s nearly summer time again, and that means a whole lot of high school and college students are looking for something to do. Since the economy hit the skids in late 2008, one popular option has been the “unpaid internship.” What better way to get some experience if you are a struggling student? Well, getting paid would be a start. Private employers who want to create a summer intern program run a high risk of doing it wrong. There are more...
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