Maryland Personnel Appeals

  One of the benefits of being a high level State employee is job security.  Employees in the State Personnel Management System within the Executive Branch may not be fired without just cause – and if these employees are fired, they are grant… Read More
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Categories: Employment Law Blog

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The recently decided Supreme Court case of Young v. UPS involved a “disparate treatment” claim brought by a pregnant employee pursuant to the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.  Young, the employee, claimed that UPS, her employer, acted unlawfully i… Read More
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The Maryland False Claims Act

The recently enacted Maryland False Claims Act allows a private individual to file a civil action on their own behalf and on behalf of the defrauded governmental entity. The individual may seek penalties, court costs and attorney’s fees. The law pr… Read More
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Maryland Minimum Wage Law Updates

On July 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Maryland increased to $8.25 per hour. However, in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, the current minimum wage is $8.40 per hour. On October 1, 2015, the Montgomery County and Prince George’s… Read More
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The Fairness for All Marylanders Act

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 added gender identity to the list of protected classes against which employment discrimination is prohibited. Currently, under Maryland law, the complete list of protected classes include: race, color, rel… Read More
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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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