ADA accommodations need only be “reasonable”

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), in a nutshell, prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of a disability.  42 U.S.C. § 12112(a).  Yet, this simple, well-intended proposition seems to create a countle… Read More
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Requesting FMLA leave before meeting the eligibility standards

As most of us know, the FMLA provides an employee with 12 weeks of leave during any 12 month period in which a “serious health condition” prevents the employee from performing the functions of his or her position.  However, there are eligibility… Read More
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Increase in Minimum Wage Coming Soon for Maryland Workers

The recently concluded 2014 Maryland legislative session resulted in the passage of some important amendments to the Maryland Wage and Hour Law.  One such amendment is a long overdue increase in minimum wage. At present, Maryland’s minimum wage ra… Read More
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Knowing What the Law Covers

Using a standard English dictionary when looking up a legal term can be a bad idea.  As an example, Webster’s dictionary defines discrimination as: The ability to understand that one thing is different from another.   So here’s the question.  … Read More
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Categories: Employment Law Blog

The Fine Line Between Simple and Gross Misconduct

In an earlier blog post, we stated that employers are increasingly challenging employees’ rights to unemployment benefits.  Employers seek to demonstrate that employees should be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for a number of re… Read More
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Simple Misconduct is Simple to Commit

After an employee loses his or her job and applies for unemployment benefits, Employers have many different motives for challenging the employee’s right to unemployment benefits.  One motivation, for example, is that employers who repeatedly termi… Read More
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Dock and shipyard workers may be legally entitled to overtime pay under Federal law.

Employees who work at shipyards or city ports—or on tankers, oil rigs or similar locations—are often wrongfully denied overtime wages which they are legally entitled to receive. The employers typically argue that the employees are not entitled to… Read More
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Some states are beginning to outlaw Non-competes. Is Maryland next to follow this trend?

Covenants not to compete (often referred to simply as “noncompetes”) have become ubiquitous in employment agreements, particularly for executives and other mid- to high-ranking individuals.  The long standing status quo regarding non-competes in… Read More
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Employer Promises – Are They Enforceable?

Our law firm has received calls from both employees and employers describing the following scenario: Employee alleges a promise was made by the employer (or prospective employer); Employee claims to have acted in reliance on that promise; and After… Read More
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Appealing a Denial of Unemployment Insurance Benefits

“I worked at my company long enough and have earned the minimum requirements to be eligible for unemployment insurance, so why am I being denied benefits? And what can I do about it?” Many employees are caught off guard when they receive a notice… Read More
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