Maryland’s Minimum Wage $9.25/hour as of July 1, 2017; and a DOL Update

Darrell VanDeusen
Darrell VanDeusen
07/03/2017
Here’s a brief update on things Wage and Hour: Maryland Minimum Wage Rates Continuing the step increase in Maryland’s minimum wage passed by the General Assembly a few years ago, on July 1, the state minimum wage increased to $9.25/hour.   The final planned increase to $10.10/hour will occur on July 1, 2018.. July 1 also saw an increase in the minimum wage required to be paid in Montgomery County to $11.50/hour.   Prince George’s County...
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Maryland Sick Leave Bill Has Died, For Now

Randi Klein Hyatt
Randi Klein Hyatt
06/02/2017
We reported two months ago here that Maryland's General Assembly had passed veto-proof sick leave legislation, the Healthy Working Families Act, which would have guaranteed sick leave to most employees working in Maryland. Governor Hogan, however, vetoed that bill calling the bill "deeply flawed" and "job-killing."  That done, Governor Hogan made clear he favors a viable compromise with the General Assembly before January 2018, when the legislation...
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Not So Happy 420 Day: Court Upholds Dismissal of Pot-Selling Bartender

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
04/20/2017
On this 4/20, what could be more topical than a discussion of medical marijuana in the workplace?  As readers of this blog may recall, the subject has previously garnered our attention, given that it raises many sticky issues such as federalism, the business judgment rule, disability law, and the balance between employee privacy interests and employers’ interests in maintaining safe and healthy workplaces. The Current Legal Regime Governing...
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Maryland General Assembly Passes Veto-Proof Sick Leave Legislation

The Maryland General Assembly this week passed the Healthy Working Families Act, which all but guarantees that come 2018, employees in Maryland will be entitled to sick leave. The bill was passed with veto-proof margins in both the Senate (29-18) and the House of Delegates (87-53), which means the General Assembly can override Governor Hogan’s anticipated veto when it reconvenes next year.  Below is a summary of the bill which would take effect...
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North Carolina Passes a New Version of its Controversial Bathroom Bill

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
04/04/2017
Last night the North Carolina Tar Heels won their sixth NCAA championship.  This, despite relocation of initial tournament rounds away from Tar Heel state in response to H.B. 2, a controversial law passed by North Carolina that restricted LGBT protections and barred transgender individuals from using restrooms that matched their gender identity. On March 30, 2017, following a year of major economic damage due to organizations-- including the...
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Maryland Legislative Update

Garrett Wozniak
Garrett Wozniak
03/17/2017
There is a little over a month left before the Maryland General Assembly adjourns its 2017 legislative session.  Below is a list of some of the employment-related bills that thelegislature is considering or has considered. House Bill 1, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, was summarized in a previous blog post.  HB 1 has passed the House and is being considered by the Senate.  HB 1 was cross-filed with Senate Bill 230, which the Senate...
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Maryland Legislators Considering Bills to Restrict Pre-Employment Salary Inquiries

Kollman & Saucier
Kollman & Saucier
02/06/2017
In January, Maryland lawmakers proposed H.B. 398 and S.B. 404 to amend Maryland’s Equal Pay Act.  The Act, codified at Md. Code Ann., Lab. & Emp. § 3-301 et seq., generally prohibits discrimination in pay based on sex or gender identity for employees who work in the same establishment and perform similar jobs or work on the same operation, in the same business, or of the same type.  Under § 3-304.1 of the Act, employers are...
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Maryland Legislative Update - The Healthy Working Families Act

Lawmakers in Maryland have attempted to pass a paid sick leave bill for a number of years.  With the General Assembly reconvening on Wednesday, the effort is being renewed this year.  Thus far, legislators have introduced House Bill 1 and House Bill 65 -- both are versions of the Healthy Working Families Act, which was introduced last session as House Bill 580.  Governor Hogan has said that he will introduce paid sick leave legislation of his...
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Massachusetts Makes it Illegal to Ask About Salary History Before Job Offer

Bernadette Hunton
Bernadette Hunton
08/06/2016
This week Massachusetts became the first state to ban employers from asking job applicants about salary history prior to making a job offer.  The new law aims to narrow the state’s gender wage gap by making it illegal for employers to: Prohibit discussion about employee wages in the workplace; Screen applicants based on wage or request disclosure of prior wage history; Seek a prospective employee’s salary history from a former employer;...
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Maryland Significantly Changes Pay Discrimination Law with Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016

On May 19, Governor Hogan signed into law the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016.  The law, which takes effect on October 1, 2016, amends the state’s existing wage discrimination law in several significant ways. Changes that Protect Employees There are several notable changes in the amendment that give broader protections to employees, including: Prohibiting pay discrimination because of gender identity.  LGBT employees are now explicitly...
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