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Maryland Responds To #MeToo With New Legislation

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thatcher logo.jpgIn the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent explosion of media coverage on sexual harassment in various workplaces, Maryland's legislature has chosen to respond with new legislation. Effective October 1, 2018, the state's new sexual harassment law precludes employers from limiting any procedural or substantive rights of employees to file claims for sexual harassment or retaliation for reporting harassment in the workplace.

Can A Maryland Employer Be Sued For Giving A Bad Reference?

Thatcher logo.jpgIf you have ever had to fire an employee, you may have wondered just what to say when the call comes asking for a reference for a prospective employer. Sometimes, it wouldn't be fair to withhold negative information from that employer. Are you opening yourself up to liability based on what you say?

'Chosen Family' Sick Leave Policies Becoming Increasingly Common

Thatcher logo.jpgWhen a New York man was diagnosed with cancer, his biological family couldn't care for him. They were in Malaysia, a world away. However, he did have people to help--his "chosen family." And, because of a recent change to New York law, many of those "chosen family" members were able to take paid sick days in order to provide his care.

What Are The Qualifying Reasons For FMLA Leave in Maryland?

Thatcher logo.jpgIn Maryland, most full-time employees who have worked at a company for a year are entitled to unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and Maryland law. These laws typically apply to companies with at least 50 employees, although there are some that apply to organizations with only 15 employees.

Maryland House passes bill strengthening Equal Pay Act

On April 9, 2016, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that enhanced protections for workers across the State. By a 100-36 margin, the House passed a bill that would bar employers from paying employees less on the basis of an employee's sex. In addition, this bill also bars unequal pay on the basis of gender identity. If this bill becomes law, Maryland would be one of the few states to bar unequal pay on the basis of gender identity.

EEOC clarifies scope of Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Last month in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we discussed the case of a law professor who is suing the University of Maryland as well as five other law schools for age discrimination. The 62-year-old man alleges that the schools passed him up for a tenured position due to his age.

Debate over hiring bias against the unemployed in Maryland

In the face of numerous reports across Maryland about jobless residents being discriminated against during the hiring process, legislators are considering a bill that would stop employers from discriminating against the unemployed. More than 12 states are working to address this issue, according to a Baltimore Sun report.

Maryland lawmakers discussing Facebook and employment law

Months ago in our Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we discussed how Facebook use may impact your employment in Maryland. Currently, privacy and employment laws are quite vague when it comes to social media use and we suggested that it may be best to be a bit guarded about what you post on Facebook. However, now Maryland lawmakers are working on bills that would limit the ability of employers to glean information about their employees from Facebook.

Technology industry wants to limit employee overtime rights

For Greenbelt residents, overtime wages are governed by both federal and Maryland state employment law. "Overtime" refers to payment to an employee, at the rate of one and one-half times the regular hourly wage, for work performed in excess of 40 hours in a seven-day week.

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