Maryland Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clause Act

As of October 1, 2019, Maryland joined other states across the nation by enacting the Noncompete and Conflict of Interest Clause Act (NCICA) to prohibit non-compete clauses and conflict of interest clauses for employees who earn equal to or less than… Read More
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Navigating the DOL New Overtime Rule

On January 1, 2020, a new U.S. Department of Labor final rule will extend overtime pay thresholds.  The rule raises the standard salary level from $455 to $684 a week, the equivalent to $35,548 per year for full time workers.  Employees earning les… Read More
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Maryland's Non-Compete Ban

On May 25, 2019, Maryland enacted Senate Bill 328, “Labor & Employment – Non-compete and Conflict of Interest Clauses”. The bill essentially prohibits employers from entering into non-compete agreements with employees earning equal to or le… Read More
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The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights - The Basics

​​The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”) enforces Maryland’s employment law that guarantees equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientati… Read More
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MCCR and EEOC "Work-Sharing Agreement"

The Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”) is the Maryland state agency equivalent to the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). Although the MCCR was created to enforce Maryland’s laws against… Read More
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The Test for Classifying Workers as Independent Contractors Just “Evolved” Backward

                One of the most confusing areas of labor and employment law is the decision regarding whether a worker may be classified as an independent contractor, or whether the worker must be recognized as an employee.  The stake… Read More
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EEOC versus MCCR: Taking Your Case to Court

The following article will be the first in a series discussing cases filed with the United States Equal Employment Commission (“EEOC”) and the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (“MCCR”). One interesting difference between th… Read More
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Case Analysis: Defamation

Our firm receives many inquiries regarding potential defamation claims.  A recent case in the United States District Court of Maryland provided a thorough analysis for such claims, which we present below. In Clayton v. Fairnak, No. JKB-18-2134, 201… Read More
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            I am proud of the work I do as an employment lawyer.  People care deeply about their jobs.  Business owners invest their time, sweat, and money to grow their businesses.  Employees rightly see their work as an extension of t… Read More
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What Makes an Employment Termination a “Wrongful Termination”?

            There is a lot of confusion about when and why employers are allowed to fire their employees.  From the employee’s side, most employees believe (incorrectly) that if an employer can’t prove that the employee did something… Read More
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