Although the economy is strong now, layoffs are still a reality in many industries. When you are hit with a layoff, your employer will probably offer you some kind of severance package to make things easier.
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis that individual arbitration clauses in employment contracts are enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act. Therefore, employers can require, as a condition of employment, employees to agree to resolve their employment law claims individually in arbitration rather than taking them to court or attempting to act collectively.
Now that Justice Brett Kavanaugh has been sworn in, there is a full slate of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Their new term began Oct. 1, and the court jumped right in to hear oral arguments about an age discrimination case.
It’s always important to know the protections afforded by Maryland law to employees, as well as the limits of those protections.
Competition among Maryland gambling houses has become increasingly heated in recent months. Baltimore's Horseshoe casino is a recent entry in the business, ratcheting up pressure on the Maryland Live casino just a few miles away.
Federal employees will get a one percent pay raise in 2014, ending a four year pay freeze. The pay raise is consistent with current budget proposals but had to be finalized by executive order so that agencies could prepare to enact the raises by the first of the year.
At least 30 percent of employers in the United States misclassify workers, calling them independent contractors instead of employees for tax and regulatory purposes. Experts estimate that this impacts millions of workers across sectors.
The United States Supreme Court will hear a highly influential case having to do with severance payments for employees. Specifically, the case deals with the tax status of these payments and whether or not they are considered "wages" for purposes of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax. FICA taxes fund Social Security and Medicaire.
Several weeks ago in this Greenbelt Employment Law Blog, we discussed a class action wage theft lawsuit that had been filed by exotic dancers in West Virginia who accused their employer of illegally taking a portion of their tips. This case has now been complicated as the employer, a club, has asked a judge to dismiss the case due to stipulations in the employment contract that the dancers signed.
Many companies hire out for independent contractors in order to supplement their workforce and assume that all legal obligations and benefits are dealt with through and by the staffing company which provides them. What they don't realize is that when it comes to certain benefits, the relational status between the staffing company, employer, and independent contractor can sometimes blur the lines that define who is on the hook and to what extent.