Main Menu

DOL Issues First FMLA Opinion Letter Of 2019

In FMLA2019-1-A, the DOL advised that an employer cannot delay designating qualifying leave as FMLA, even if requested by the employee.  In particular, the DOL was asked if it is permissible to permit employees to exhaust first any non-FMLA leave prior to designating otherwise qualifying leave as FMLA. The DOL explained that an employer may not […]

Maryland Increases Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

The Maryland General Assembly has voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation increasing the minimum wage.  As a result, the minimum wage in the State will increase to $15 per hour by 2025 for employers with 15 or more employees and 2026 for employers with 14 or fewer employees. The minimum wage will […]

DOL Proposes New Rules on Regular Rate Calculations

As anyone who has ever tried to properly calculate overtime can attest, the question of what compensation should properly be included in an employee’s regular rate of pay is a vexing one.  On March 28, 2019, the United States Department of Labor proposed new rules that may add some clarity. The “regular rate” of pay […]

Marital Association Claim Nixed By Eighth Circuit

As most of us know, the First Amendment protects “freedom of association,” among the various protections it offers.   And, what could be much more associational than marriage?  Courts refer to that as “intimate association.”   The constitutional right to intimate association protects the formation and preservation of certain kinds of highly personal relationships, thereby restricting governmental […]

Meal Periods On Plane Are Not Compensable Time

Ed Alonso worked for Akal Security, Incorporated (“Akal”) as an Aviation Security Officer (“ASO”). ASO’s supervise people being deported from the United States during domestic travel between holding facilities and international travel to the deportees’ home countries.  Once deportees are transported to their home countries, ASO’s take a return flight to the United States. Akal’s policy […]

Proposals Introduced For National Paid Leave Law

Congress is exploring proposals for providing workers with paid parental leave law, which is something President Trump advocated in his most recent State of the Union address. The President’s plan, outlined in his 2020 budget proposal, calls for six weeks of paid leave for new parents to recover from childbirth and bond with a new […]

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act… One Year Later (A Webinar)

In follow up to our earlier communications about revisiting the MHWFA one year later, Randi Hyatt and Garrett Wozniak have prepared a 35-minute webinar discussing: (1) the current status of the MHWFA; (2) best options for handling discipline and leave abuse issues; and (3) possible legislative changes in the pipeline.  You may watch/listen to the […]