Maryland Enacts “Disclosing Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Act of 2018”

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
05/30/2018
On May 15, 2018, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law the "Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018" (“Act”). The Act, which can be found here, goes into effect on October 1, 2018, and sunsets without any further action on June 30, 2023. The Act, which is codified at Md. Code Ann., Labor & Employment § 3-715, adds two requirements to current Maryland labor and employment law.  First, the Act declares that any...
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New York City Introduces Disconnecting From Work Law

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
04/16/2018
Disconnecting from work may be à la mode.  And no, I do not mean topped with ice cream.  Rather, it appears that laws restricting or prohibiting employers from requiring employees to check work e-mails after work hours could be catching. Last year, a law in France granting employees a “right to disconnect” from work went into effect.  The law requires covered employers (companies with more than 50 employees) to ensure that their...
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Maryland General Assembly Strengthens Internal Sex Harassment Rules

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
04/13/2018
The Maryland General Assembly ended its session this week with approval of House Bill 1342, legislation aimed at strengthening policies for the investigation and resolution of sexual harassment complaints involving members of the State lawmaking community.  The Bill is designated emergency legislation.  If Governor Hogan signs as expected, it will become effective immediately. A report released earlier this year by the Maryland Women’s Caucus...
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Maryland General Assembly Considering Bills Aimed At Workplace Sexual Harassment

Maryland’s House and Senate have passed competing versions of legislation that would ban employment agreement that limit rights to sue for future claims of sexual harassment. Senate Bill 1010 -- the "Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018" -- would make void any provision in an employment contract, policy, or agreement that waives any substantive or procedural right or remedy to a future claim of sexual harassment or...
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Maryland Healthy Working Families Act: FAQ For Employers

Earlier this year, our firm wrote about Maryland's Healthy Working Families Act, set to take effect February 11, 2018.  We have spent a good part of this past week  advising clients  working to quickly review and revise leave policies to bring them into compliance with the Act.  Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding the new sick leave requirements. Do I Have to Offer Paid Sick Leave? Employers...
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Register Now For Our Complimentary Webinar On Maryland's New Paid Sick Leave Law

As you likely have heard, mandatory (paid) sick and safe leave is now a reality in Maryland.  The "Healthy Working Families Act" ("MHWFA"), which is set to become effective February 11, 2018, creates a number of new obligations for Maryland employers. On Friday, February 2, 2018, Kollman & Saucier, P.A., will conduct a free 75-minute webinar on the MHWFA from 11:45 am to 1:00 p.m. EST.   Garrett Wozniak, Randi Hyatt, and Eric Paltell will...
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Maryland’s Healthy Working Families Act To Become Law February 11th

On January 12, 2018, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act (House Bill 1 in 2017’s General Assembly).  As a result of the legislature’s action, the Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) will go into effect on February 11, 2018.  In preparation, Maryland employers should begin reviewing and, if necessary, updating (or creating) their paid leave policies in order...
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Maryland’s Medical Cannabis Law: Does It Impact Your Workplace Drug Testing Policy?

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
12/13/2017
Google “medical marijuana”, and you’ll likely find new headlines, stories, and issues just about each day.  This is so after at least 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the drug for medicinal use.  Of course, the possession and consumption of marijuana for any reason remains in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act.  The ensuing legal landscape makes it difficult for individuals and businesses to...
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Governor Hogan Offers "The Paid Leave Compromise Act of 2018" - Now What?

Six months ago, we reported that the alleged veto-proof Healthy Working Families Act (HWFA) was vetoed by Governor Hogan.  At that time, Governor Hogan called the bill "deeply flawed" and "job-killing."  He then created a task force to study paid sick leave plans and submit a report so that his administration could submit emergency legislation to replace the killed bill when the General Assembly reconvenes in January 2018.  We now have that...
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Montgomery County Will Increase Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
11/13/2017
The Montgomery County Council voted last week to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2021 for employers with more than 50 employees.  Under Bill 28-17, beginning July 1, 2022, and each July 1 thereafter, the County minimum wage rate will be increased by the annual average increase, if any, in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the previous calendar year in the Washington-Baltimore area.  The...
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