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January 2012 Archives

Appeals court says employers must communicate FMLA to workers

Employees in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia have rights to take leave under both state law and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The laws pertain to leaves associated with the employee's health or medical condition, or that of an employee's family members. Often, either the employer or the employee is not exactly sure how these rights work.

Maryland employees should handle social networking with care

With social networking a part of our daily lives, many Maryland employees are wondering about privacy risks, and if they could be fired for what is posted on social networks, such as Facebook. Americans spend an increased amount of time on social networking sites, and could be giving employers grounds for dismissal. Employment attorneys and human resource teams are searching for a legal balance between public and private information that can be garnered. Maryland employment law has not specifically addressed this new media issue in too much detail. However, information and photos placed on a social network can be often legally be monitored by an employer, and employees do sometimes lose jobs for what is posted.

Virginia's Family Dollar settles sexual harassment suit

In the United States, employees are protected from sexual harassment in the workplace by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, while sexual harassment is strictly prohibited, many metro Washington, D.C., residents know that it does still happen.

In Maryland, can you be fired for reporting to jury duty?

Fair and impartial jurors are an integral part of the U.S. justice system. This is why, in Maryland, it is against the law for employers to take any adverse action - such as retaliatory termination - against employees for reporting to jury duty.

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