Category Archives: Maryland

Local Ordinances on Paid Sick Leave Complicate Employee Benefit Strategies and Standards

On June 24, 2015, the Montgomery County, Maryland Council unanimously approved the Earned Sick and Safe Leave Bill. The law goes into effect on October 1, 2016 and provides paid sick leave to all employees in Montgomery County, Maryland. Employers … Continue reading

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Maryland Transgender Anti-Discrimination Law Goes Into Effect October 1st

Maryland’s newest anti-discrimination law goes into effect October 1, 2014.  The Fairness For All Marylanders Act outlaws discrimination against transgender individuals within the state of Maryland.  The law prohibits discrimination against those individuals in employment and housing situations, as well … Continue reading

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Buyer Beware: Sandy Spring Bank’s Unexpected Liability

The Story Behind the $6 Million Verdict Against Sandy Spring Bank Growing regional financial institution Sandy Spring Bank announced that it would set aside 2014 profits to cover a $6 million dollar Anne Arundel County jury verdict levied against it. … Continue reading

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Disclaimer in Employee Handbook Negates $555,000 Jury Verdict

Disclaimers in employee handbooks are still effective under Maryland law.  On November 27, 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a jury verdict for $555,000 based on a well-drafted disclaimer that employee handbook provisions do not … Continue reading

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Maryland Creates New Employee-Union Privilege

As of October 1, 2012, certain communications between employees and union representatives may now be protected from disclosure in legal proceedings.  Maryland enacted a statute May 2, 2012, that provides protection similar to that of the attorney-client privilege for communications made … Continue reading

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New Maryland Law Prohibits Employers From Asking Employees For Social Media User Names And Passwords

Maryland has become the first state to prohibit employers from requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account, such as Facebook.  More after the break.

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Maryland Job Applicant Fairness Act

Effective October 1, 2011, employers in Maryland will no longer be allowed to request credit reports from employees or prospective employees to make employment decisions.  More after the break.

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Maryland Court Refuses To Enforce Noncompete

In Ecology Services, Inc. v. Clym Environmental Services, LLC, the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland held that certain covenants not to compete were unenforceable as a matter of law and affirmed the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment for … Continue reading

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Recent Amendments to Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law Effective October 2010

This spring, the Maryland legislature enacted two significant amendments to the state’s Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”), Md. Code Lab. & Empl. § 3-501, et seq.  This statute governs payments for unused leave at the end of employment.  More … Continue reading

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New Maryland Law On Independent Contractors

A new Maryland law (the Workplace Fraud Act of 2009 (HB 819) — a copy of the statute is here), set to take effect on October 1, 2009, was designed to prevent the misclassification of employees in the construction and landscaping … Continue reading

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Maryland Flexible Leave Act

In October 2008, a piece of legislation went into effect that all Maryland employees are sure to be aware of.  Maryland’s Flexible Leave Act went into effect on October 1, 2008, and requires that employees be permitted to use leave … Continue reading

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Maryland Amends Flexible Leave Law

In 2008, Maryland adopted legislation that required employers (with 15 or more employees) to allow their employees to use accrued, paid leave to care for an ill, immediate family member.  The law, however, was unclear in its definitions of immediate family … Continue reading

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Maryland Court Reverses Verdict For Employer

In Gasper v. Ruffin Hotel Corp. of Maryland, Inc., the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed the lower court’s judgment for the defendant because of improper jury instructions regarding the plaintiff’s burden of proof.  A copy of the opinion is … Continue reading

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Montgomery County Transgender Discrimination Ordinance Takes Effect

According to the Washington Post, a ruling by the Court of Appeals in Maryland overturning a referendum has allowed the Montgomery County ordinance prohibiting transgender discrimination to take effect.  The story is here.  The Maryland Court of Appeal’s per curiam … Continue reading

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County Enacts Domestic Worker Employment Contract Bill

Montgomery County, Maryland, has enacted a bill requiring certain employers of domestic workers to enter into an employment contract with the workers.  The text of the bill is here.  The Washington Post has a story on the bill here.

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