Maryland Law Makes It Easier for Employees to Win Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

All employers know that maintaining a workplace that is free from sexual harassment is the right thing to do.  A harassment-free workplace shows respect for all employees at work and creates a safe work environment.  It also happens to be good for business.  Complaints of sexual harassment are unsettling, distracting, time-consuming, and expensive. But from…

Employer Vaccination Mandates have Title VII and ADA Implications

As they resume pre-pandemic operations, employers are understandably concerned about the safety of their employees and clients. As a result, many are implementing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for their employees. According to the most recent guidance from the EEOC, employers are allowed to make such mandates; however, there are exceptions. The first exception is for those who cannot take the…

How to Improve Your Workplace

A male supervisor harasses a female employee by touching her inappropriately.

Complying with harassment legislation is a job you should assign your employment law attorney to ensure that you’re insulated against claims. Find out how compliance works here.

TREASURY, IRS AND LABOR EXPLANATION OF TAX CREDITS FOR NEW PAID LEAVE

As you know, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that was signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020 requires businesses with up to 500 employees to provide additional paid leave to their employees. Many businesses understandably were concerned whether they could withstand the potential financial impact of the legislation, as well-intentioned as it may…

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, an economic stimulus plan aimed at addressing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. The new law, which goes into effect on April 2, 2020, impacts all businesses with fewer than 500 employees by requiring employers to provide employees additional paid sick leave for illnesses…

Maryland Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clause Act

As of October 1, 2019, Maryland joined other states across the nation by enacting the Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clause Act (NCICA) to prohibit non-compete clauses and conflict of interest clauses for employees who earn equal to or less than $15.00/hour or $31,200 annually.  The State of Maryland has deemed non-compete and conflict of…

Navigating the DOL New Overtime Rule

On January 1, 2020, a new U.S. Department of Labor final rule will extend overtime pay thresholds.  The rule raises the standard salary level from $455 to $684 a week, the equivalent to $35,548 per year for full time workers.  Employees earning less than the new imposed threshold are eligible for overtime pay of at…

Impact of Tax Liens on Security Clearance

TIPS TO PREVENT TAX LIENS FROM IMPACTING YOUR SECURITY CLEARANCE Every year, hundreds of thousands of applicants submit for security clearance approval or renewal.  Simply completing the Form SF86 – all 127-pages – is a daunting task itself.  Applicants do not need any additional hurdles interfering with receiving their successful approval.  Yet, the existence of…

Maryland’s Non-Compete Ban

On May 25, 2019, Maryland enacted Senate Bill 328, “Labor & Employment – Non-compete and Conflict of Interest Clauses”. The bill essentially prohibits employers from entering into non-compete agreements with employees earning equal to or less than $31,200 annually or $15 per hour. The new bill makes Maryland the latest state to revise its non-compete…