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Businesses Can Reduce Risk of Wrongful Termination Lawsuits

December 2015

For most businesses a strong workforce is a big part of succeeding. Accordingly, having the right people on staff is imperative. When a worker who is hired as an at-will employee is not working out, a business may let that person go and find a replacement. While some workers will understand why this has happened, others may not and decide to take legal action against the former employer. Full Article
Employers Should Be Aware of Less Obvious Forms of Discrimination

December 2015

Employers throughout Maryland are likely aware they need to take steps to keep workplace free from discriminatory actions. Among other things, it is against the law to discriminate against workers based on religious beliefs, race and gender. To prevent this from occurring, workplaces need to train employees on the types of behavior that are acceptable. While workers may not engage in more obvious forms of discriminatory behavior, more subtle forms can be harmful as well. Full Article
Wage and Hour Claims Increase Dramatically

December 2015

Employment disputes can arise in a variety of settings. One type of claim a business could find it is defending against is a wage and hour claim. Wage and hour laws are memorialized in the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition to setting overtime levels, the law also sets the nation’s minimum wage. According to a recent report, it is becoming more and more common for businesses to be involved in wage and hour litigation. Full Article
Montgomery County Leave Law

December 2015

On June 23, 2015, Montgomery County enacted The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law. The law requires employers operating and doing business in Montgomery County to provide paid sick and safe leave to eligible employees. Full Article
Employers Must Provide Adequate Space for Mothers to Breastfeed

November 2015

The Affordable Care Act stipulates that eligible workplaces must provide reasonable accommodations for nursing mothers. This includes adequate lactation breaks and a locked room in which the mother can express milk. The ACA amended the Fair Labor Standards Act to grant these explicit protections for new mothers. Full Article