FMLA Claim Loses Due to Employer's Handbook

A recent Federal Court case demonstrates the advantage an employer enjoys by including FMLA notice requirements in its employment handbook.   In Everson v. SCI Tennessee Funeral Services, LLC, 2018 WL 1899368, (M.D. Tenn. Apr. 20, 2018), Plaintif… Read More
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Federal Court Allows Parties to Shorten Limitations Periods by Contract

In Bracey v. Lancaster Foods, LLC, No. RDB-17-1826, 2018 BL 112613 (D. Md. Mar. 30, 2018), the Maryland Federal Court reiterated the rule that statutory limitations periods may be shortened by agreement, so long as the limitations period is not unrea… Read More
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Plaintiff Survives Motion for Summary Judgment in FLSA Executive Exemption Case

Under the FLSA, an employee is exempt from overtime compensation as an “executive” if: (1) he is compensated on a salary basis at a rate of not less than $455 per week; (2) his primary duty is “management of the enterprise in which the… Read More
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The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Is In Effect

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (“HWFA”) is now fully in effect. The House Economic Matters Committee voted down SB 304, an attempt to delay implementation of the HWFA. See our previous articles discussing the HWFA in detail. Read More
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Maryland Federal Court Asserts Jurisdiction Over Purported State Court Contract Claim

In Allied Fire Prot., Inc. v. Thai, No. PWG-17-551, 2017 WL 4354802, at *1 (D. Md. Oct. 2, 2017), the plaintiff employer filed suit against its former employee in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, alleging four causes of action:… Read More
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Senate Finance Committee Unanimously Votes to Postpone the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Today, the Senate Finance Committee voted unanimously to delay the enforcement of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (“HWFA”). The HWFA was supposed to to go into effect on February 11, 2018, however, the Senate Finance Committee v… Read More
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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms District Court's Denial to Enforce Arbitration Agreements

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) adopted a liberal federal policy favoring arbitration agreements.  The FAA recognizes that arbitration is an expeditious way to resolve disputes and conserve judicial resources.  It accordingly requires that courts… Read More
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The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

Yesterday, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (“HWFA”). The HWFA requires employers with 15 or more workers to provide paid sick leave to employees who work at least 12 hours per week. Employers with… Read More
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Hostile Work Environment on the Basis of Gender

Related to the previous post, in Churchill v. Prince George’s Cty. Pub. Sch., the plaintiff also brought a claim for a hostile work environment based on her gender under Title VII and the MFEPA. In order to successfully bring such a claim, a… Read More
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Maryland Federal Court Dismisses Sexual Orientation Discrimination Claims

In Churchill v. Prince George’s Cty. Pub. Sch., No. PWG-17-980, 2017 BL 430226 (D. Md. Dec. 01, 2017), the plaintiff brought claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation under Title VII and the Maryland Fair Employment Practices Act (&#… Read More
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