Uber, the online ride-sharing company, has become a major player in the transportation industry in recent years. Uber relies on hundreds of thousands of drivers to transport passengers. These drivers are classified as independent contractors, and not as employees. This classification is a major benefit to Uber, as it allows the company to avoid paying drivers overtime and other benefits. This classification also prevents Uber drivers from requesting reimbursements from the company for gas, automobile depreciation and other expenses.
On May 10, 2016, Governor Hogan enacted the Hiring and Promotion Preferences- Veterans and Their Spouses bill. The law authorizes employers to grant a preference in hiring and promotion to eligible veterans without violating State or local equal employment opportunity laws.
In the coming weeks and months, the U.S. Labor Department is going to release new salary thresholds under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These thresholds will potentially impact millions of American workers. Currently, salaried employees performing executive, administrative or professional duties are not eligible to receive overtime if they earn more than $23,600 a year. Under these proposed new rules, the overtime threshold will increase to $50,440 a year. Consequently, workers in many fields who earn less than this amount will be eligible for overtime when they work more than 40 hours in a week.
Wage payments owed to tipped employees are frequently mishandled by employers. Under most circumstances, employers of tipped workers are permitted to pay lower wages than the standard minimum wage.
Starting October 1, 2016, new paid sick leave requirements are going into effect in Montgomery County. All Montgomery County employers doing business in the county are covered by the law. Employers need to ensure they are in compliance with the new law by providing certain employees with earned sick and safe leave.