Montgomery Co. Employer Alert: Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
07/07/2021
On July 1, 2021, the following minimum wage increases took effect for Montgomery County, Maryland: EMPLOYER SIZE MINIMUM WAGE RATE Large Employer (51 or More Employees) $15 Mid-Sized Employer (11 to 50 Employees) $14 Small Employer (10 or Less Employees) $13.50 Employers doing business in Montgomery County that employ 1 or more employees in the County (not counting the business owners) are subject to the requirements of...
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Maryland’s Economic Stabilization Act (Mini-WARN Act) Changes Again

Jordan Dunham
Jordan Dunham
06/11/2021
As you may remember, Maryland made substantial changes to its mini-WARN Act, the Economic Stabilization Act, in 2020.  The major changes were outlined in our previous alert which can be found here.  The most substantial change in the 2020 Act was that it required covered employers to provide 60-days’ written notice prior to implementing a reduction in force or plant closing.  Previously, the notice procedures under the Maryland...
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2021 - New Maryland Employment Law Round-Up

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
06/04/2021
The State of Maryland has passed several new employment laws, with some set to take effect as soon as July 1, 2021.  Here is a rundown: SB364- Nondisparagement Clauses in Law Enforcement Civil Claims Settlements. Prohibits non-disparagement clauses in settlement agreements for claims alleging misconduct in the performance of duties by members of the police forces for certain higher education institutions in the State of Maryland. Claims must arise...
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Maryland General Assembly Passes the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act, Bill Currently Awaits Governor Hogan’s Action

Last week, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act (“EWPA”) (HB 581).  The EWPA, formally titled Labor and Employment – Employment Standards During an Emergency (Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act) was passed as emergency legislation and will take effect on the date it is signed by the governor (or the date any veto is overridden, if applicable).   The EWPA solidifies how an essential...
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Md. General Assembly Approves Legislation Extending Time To File Charges of Discrimination And Expanding Reporting Requirements For Local Agencies

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
04/16/2021
The Maryland General Assembly has approved legislation aimed at expanding workplace discrimination rights and identifying trends in workplace discrimination complaints  to recommend changes in policy.  The bills, which now head to Governor Hogan for review, are summarized below. Employment Discrimination- Time For Filing Complaints HB290/SB455 amends Maryland’s Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) to extend the time period for filing a charge...
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Maryland Flexible Leave Act Expanded To Apply To Bereavement Leave

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
03/30/2021
The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation expanding Maryland’s Flexible Leave Act (MFLA) to apply to bereavement leave.  The legislation now goes to Governor Hogan’s desk for signature. The MFLA has required that Maryland private sector employers with at least 15 employees who provide paid leave to their employees allow an employee to use earned paid leave to care for immediate family members (children, spouse, and parents) with an...
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Non-Competes To Become Non-Existent in D.C.

The Ban on Non-Compete Amendments Act of 2020 (the Act) is a sweeping piece of legislation that effectively bans the use of all non-compete agreements in the District of Columbia, regardless of income level.  Once effective, the Act will: Prohibit the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements for all employees working in D.C., with limited exception; Prohibit anti-moonlighting and other workplace policies that prohibit an employee from...
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Maryland DOL Urges Employers To Review Benefit Charge Statements For Fraudulent Activity

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
02/16/2021
According to a press release issued by the Maryland Department of Labor, states have seen a “significant spike” in fraudulent unemployment activity since passage of the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act.  Part of the stimulus package signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020, the Act extends pandemic unemployment relief measures through March 14, 2021, with certain modifications.  Key provisions include expansion...
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Employer Alert: The Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
02/03/2021
After cutting short the 2020 legislative session because of the pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly has returned this January with confronting COVID-19 among its highest priorities.  One item employers should be keenly aware is the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act, which would impose multiple new mandates on Maryland employers. The legislation, cross-filed as House Bill 481 and Senate Bill 486, is scheduled for a hearing in the...
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California Voters Declare Gig Economy Drivers Are Independent Contractors

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
11/04/2020
In a reversal of fortune for gig economy workers in California, voters in that state said ‘yes’ to Proposition 22,  which classifies app-based transportation and delivery drivers as independent contractors.  Proposition 22 was put on the ballot in response to a California law, AB5, which required gig companies like Uber and Lyft to treat drivers as employees and provide them protections like unemployment insurance, healthcare, breaks,  and...
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