Furloughs During Economic Downturns: A Reminder of the Wage & Hour Rules

Eric Paltell
Eric Paltell
03/13/2020
Late yesterday afternoon, I received a call from a client that was eerily reminiscent of the calls I often received during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The call went something like this: “Eric, because of the impact COVID-19 is having on our business, we are considering furloughing staff. What are the wage and hour implications of furloughs?” After receiving that call, I dusted off some of the guidance I had given 11 years ago and am sending...
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Maryland’s Equal Pay Law: Are You In Compliance?

Watching the U.S. Women’s National Team play in and win the World Cup this past weekend took me right back to my own days of competitive girls’ soccer.  But nostalgia wasn’t the only thing that came to mind as the win brought additional attention to the Team’s recent lawsuit for equal pay.  That lawsuit, filed in March, generally alleges that the players on the Women’s National Team (“WNT”) are paid less than the players on...
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Two Important Wage-Related Updates

This has been an action-packed week on the wage and hour frontier.  Two important decisions at the federal level are expected to significantly impact most employers going forward. Revised Overtime Rule First, on Thursday evening, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its long-awaited proposed rule to update the salary exemption threshold under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) from its 2004 levels.  All employees who are paid a salary falling...
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Good News and . . . Interesting News

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
01/04/2019
Happy 2019 to everyone! First, we begin the year with some good news: Kollman & Saucier is pleased to announce that it has been named a Tier 1 firm in Baltimore for both Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2019.  As Best Lawyers explains, its ratings are based exclusively on peer review by other attorneys within the same geographical community and legal practice areas.  Darrell...
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Maryland Wiretap Act No Shield For Surreptitious Recorder

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
11/30/2018
It isn’t often that I get to write about an opinion on a criminal law matter.  However, the Maryland Court of Appeals’ opinion in Agnew v. State, No. 9, September Term 2018 (Md. Nov. 20, 2018), provides that chance.  In Agnew, Maryland’s highest court addressed the following question:  “Was a recorded communication on a [cell] phone between [Agnew] and an unidentified speaker intercepted in violation of the Maryland Wiretap Act and...
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A Potentially Epic Alternative To Class-Action Waiver Arbitration Clauses

In the aftermath of Monday’s Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, as discussed on this blog, employers are free to include class-action waivers as part of their arbitration clauses in employment agreements. There is, however, a difference between whether employers can include such clauses and whether all employers should include them.  Some of the assumed benefits of arbitration are that it is less formal, less expensive, and...
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Supreme Court Upholds Individual Arbitration Clauses In Employment Contracts

Mandatory arbitration clauses in employment contracts are increasingly a fact of workplace life.  What happens, though, when an employee signs an employment agreement requiring that any job-related disputes be submitted to individual arbitration, rather than class- or collective-action lawsuits?  Do longstanding federal labor laws protecting workers’ right to engage in “concerted activities for the purpose of . . . mutual aid or protection”...
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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 employees at least a guaranteed minimum level of paid leave.  The amount of leave...
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The Trump Administration’s Triple Play

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
10/10/2017
October is ordinarily marked by shorter days, cooler weather, vibrant foliage, and the start of the MLB postseason.  Indeed, as the games began last week, the Trump administration made a triple play of its own sort with a series of major labor and employment law-related actions. Restoring a Stricter Joint Employer Standard On October 4, a House committee advanced the Save Local Business Act in order to constrict the definition of joint...
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The Supreme Court Delivers Some Bad News To The Post Office

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Green v. Brennan, U.S. No. 14-613 (May 23, 2016), holding that the statute of limitations for a former Postmaster's Title VII constructive discharge claim begins on the date he gave notice of his resignation, and not on the date of the employer's alleged last discriminatory act. Former Postmaster Marvin Green had 45-days, under the limitations period applicable to federal sector Title VII claims,...
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