July 1 Deadline for Maryland Employers to Report Harassment Settlements

  On May 15, 2018, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law the Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018 (the “Act”). The Act, which went into effect on October 1, 2018, prohibits employers, regardless of size, from requiring employees enter into mandatory arbitration for sexual harassment or retaliation claims. Additionally, employers with… More

New Maryland Unemployment Insurance Notice

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) has released a notice providing a template for use by employers in communicating to employees the availability of unemployment compensation via letters, emails and text messages.   Employers can find a link to the notice HERE. Contact info: Meredith S. Campbell Chair, Employment and Labor Group,… More

Guidance for Reopening Your Business

As businesses look toward reopening their doors to staff and customers in the wake of COVID-19, we thought it would be helpful to provide an overview of considerations you should take into account moving forward. Best Practices * Review government guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health… More

Join us at our next webinar- Employment Guidance for Return to Work

Webinar: Guidance for Reopening Your BusinessMay 14, 202012:00 PM ET REGISTER HERE Join us for an upcoming webinar with Merry Campbell and Greg Grant, Chairs of the Shulman Rogers Employment and Labor Law Group. The program will provide valuable information for employers as they contemplate reopening their businesses following the COVID-19 shutdown. Topics will include:Plan AheadKnow the RulesDeliver Clear… More

DC Mandates More Paid Leave for COVID-19

Last month, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (the “Act”). The Act created a new category of eligibility under the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act (“DCFMLA”), permitting employees to take unpaid “declaration of emergency” leave if they are unable to work as a result of the circumstances… More

Virginia Amends Wage Payment Law to Add Real Teeth

Earlier this month, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law House Bill 123, amending the Virginia Wage Payment Act to create a private cause of action for employees who are the victim of “wage theft.” This will significantly increase an employer’s liability for failing to fully compensate their employees for all hours worked. Previously, when… More

8 Payroll Strategies to Avoid Layoffs

Gues Post from my colleagues in the Shulman Rogers NEXT program: Fast-growing companies usually hire ahead of need. This was especially true as the end of the long bull-run screeched to a halt last month.   But in the last few weeks, even the strongest are taking uncommon measures to reduce their personnel costs and extend their… More