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.
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.
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.
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.
Drafting and negotiating a severance agreement is a very complex process. If you are separating from your employer, it is generally in your best interest to have any severance agreements reviewed by an employment law attorney. Often, these documents contain a general release in favor of the employer. So, by signing the agreement, you may actually be waiving your right to bring a claim.
State and federal laws dictate that employees may not be treated unfairly on the basis of their race, sex, age, disability or religion in the workplace. Those who experience workplace discrimination on the basis of these, or other protected classifications, have the right to file a legal claim to seek justice.