Maryland Passes Mini-WARN Act Effective October 1, 2020

Jeffrey Maylor
Jeffrey Maylor
05/09/2020
Maryland employers wrestling  with the onerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis, will soon have a new legal obligation to meet when reducing their workforces.  Effective October 1, 2020, the Economic Stabilization Act will require employers to provide employees 60 days written notice of a reduction in operations that will result in lay-offs or terminations. The new law  requires the Secretary of the Department of Labor, Licensing and...
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A Non-COVID 19 Blogpost

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
03/21/2020
Most attention in recent days, justifiably so, has been on responses to the coronavirus.  While employers are navigating the business, health, and safety issues raised by the pandemic, they should not lose sight of changes to Maryland’s employment laws that the General Assembly passed in concluding the recent, abbreviated legislative session. Here is a summary of employment-related legislation that is headed to the Governor. HB 14 - Equal Pay...
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Maryland Legislature Considering New Payroll Tax To Fund Family and Medical Leave

We wrote earlier this week about some of the bills working their way through the legislative process in Annapolis.  An item worthy of its own post is legislation that would create a Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program to provide wage replacement for employees taking leave from work: to care for a child during the first year after the child’s birth or after the placement of the child through foster care, kinship care, or adoption; to...
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Pending Legislation In Annapolis That May Affect Your Business

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
02/19/2020
The General Assembly is in full swing in Annapolis.  Here is a summary of just some of the legislation impacting employers and employees.  HB 123 / SB 217 - Wage History and Wage Range would require employers to provide the wage range of the position for which an applicant has applied if requested by the applicant.  The legislation also prohibits retaliation against applicants who do not provide wage history or seek the wage range for the role,...
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Reminder: Maryland Minimum Wage Increases January 1, 2020

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
12/31/2019
As we blogged about earlier this year, the General Assembly voted to override Governor Hogan's veto of legislation increasing the minimum wage.  This means the minimum wage in Maryland will increase to $15 per hour by 2025 for employers with 15 or more employees (and by 2026 for employers with less than 15 employees).  The increase is gradual, and tomorrow, January 1, 2020, the first increase will occur when the minimum wage will move to $11 per...
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Noncompliant Employers Now Subject to Penalties Under D.C.’s Commuter Benefits Law

Andrea Murphy
Andrea Murphy
11/15/2019
Employers covered by Washington, D.C.’s commuter benefits law now may face penalties unless they provide at least one transportation benefit program to covered employees.  The law, which was passed in 2014, went through additional rulemaking procedures with a final rule being published on August 16, 2019.  The rule became effective 90 days later on November 14, 2019.  Some of the details are as follows: The law currently covers employers with...
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Maryland's New Workplace Laws, Including Significant Changes To Maryland's Anti-Discrimination Law

As of October 1, 2019, there are a series of new laws and/or amendments to existing laws that impact Maryland's workplaces and employers.  These include: Significant FEPA Amendments:  Maryland's anti-discrimination law, the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA), now includes independent contractors within the definition of employee entitled to FEPA's protections.  Further, while FEPA generally applies to Maryland employers who have at least...
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Laws Proposed To Protect Marijuana Users At Work

Andrea Murphy
Andrea Murphy
07/19/2019
I’ve bloggedin the past about ways in which Maryland’s medical cannabis law is unclear or leaves questions unanswered when it comes to employee rights under that law.  So I thought it apropos to blog here about two bills (SB863 and SB864) introduced earlier this year that aim to clarify some of the questions and expand the protections of workers who use marijuana. Screening for Use of Marijuana or Cannabis (SB863) This law seeks to prohibit...
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New York Bans Race Discrimination Based on Hairstyle

Andrea Murphy
Andrea Murphy
07/18/2019
New York has become the second state to include hairstyles within the definition of race for purposes of the state’s anti-discrimination law.  Last week, California became the first state to ban such discrimination. The New York State law amends the definition of “race” to mean “traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”  This includes, but is not limited to, “such...
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Home Offices and Workers’ Compensation

Clifford Geiger
Clifford Geiger
07/12/2019
When does an employee’s home qualify as a work site for purposes of Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Act?  That was the question of first impression the Maryland Court of Special Appeals (COSA) considered in Schwan Food Co. v. Frederick, decided last month.  Given the proliferation of technology that permits employees to work for anyone, from anywhere, at any time, it is a little surprising it took this long for an appellate court to take up...
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