UPDATE: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates — OSHA’s Mandate Struck Down

On September 9, 2021, President Biden directed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop a rule to increase the number of workers who have received a COVID-19 vaccination.  Consistent with that direction, OSHA developed an Emergency Temporary Standard which would apply to employers with more than 100 employees.  On November 4, 2021, OSHA…

Employer Promises – Are They Enforceable?

Our law firm has received calls from both employees and employers describing the following scenario: Employee alleges a promise was made by the employer (or prospective employer); Employee claims to have acted in reliance on that promise; and After doing so, employer claims the promise was never actually made.  The question becomes: is the employer…

Rights of Government Employees

Maryland workplace law attorney Bruce Luchansky answers the question: “I am a government employee. What are my rights when faced with termination?” Most employees who work for the government – whether at the federal, state, or local level – have constitutional rights against being fired without receiving “due process of law.” In practical terms, that…

Employer’s Authorization Before Working Overtime in Maryland

Maryland overtime attorney Bruce Luchansky answers the question: “Does it matter that I did not obtain my employer’s authorization or prior approval to work overtime?” This question involves one of the many confusing wrinkles of overtime law – and it works in favor of the employee. The answer is NO, it does not matter (for…

How Long Do I Have to File an Overtime Pay Claim?

Maryland employees generally have two years to file a claim for unpaid overtime wages against their employer or former employer. That period can be extended to three years if the employee can prove that the employer’s failure to pay overtime was “willful.” These time frames are very important, particularly for long-time employees who have terminated…

Protection Against Discrimination in Maryland Workplaces

Baltimore County, MD employment attorney Bruce Luchansky answers: “Are there laws that can protect me against discrimination in my place of employment?”  Absolutely.   But the laws only protect against certain types of discrimination, so it is important to know what types of discrimination are illegal.  In Maryland, employers may not discriminate on the basis…

Proving Overtime Calculations

Maryland overtime attorney Bruce Luchansky answers: “How can I prove that my overtime pay calculation is accurate and that I actually worked the hours that I spent working overtime?” It is the employer’s obligation to keep track of an employee’s hours worked, not the employee’s.  All employers must implement a system for keeping track of…

Maryland Overtime

Maryland overtime attorney Bruce Luchansky answers: “What is overtime in Maryland?” In Maryland, “overtime” is an employee working more than 40 hours in a single workweek.  Contrary to popular belief, working more than 8 hours in one day does not constitute overtime in Maryland.  Therefore, if an employee works three 12-hour shifts in a single…

Is there a law that governs the wages and hours in my workplace?

Maryland wage and hour claim attorney Bruce Luchansky answers the question: “Is there a law that governs the wages and hours in my workplace?” There are several important laws that govern the wages and hours that an employer must pay to its employees. Nevertheless, these laws often are violated by employers.  For example, employers often…