News & Insight

Out of State Employers May Be Liable Under Maryland Payment and Collection Law

April 3, 2015

A recent decision of Maryland’s high court may result in more lawsuits here against out-of-state employers as their local employees choose to stake their wage claims on Maryland’s more favorable statute. Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law enables employees to

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New Challenges to Criminal Background Checks by Employers

April 2, 2015

“Ban the Box” laws already prevent employers in many Maryland local jurisdictions from checking an applicant’s criminal background in the early stages of the hiring process. A bill now pending in the Maryland legislature would take such protections much further

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Maryland’s Hourly Minimum Wage Is on the Rise

February 12, 2015

The employment law attorneys at Bowie & Jensen LLC explain the recent minimum wage change in Maryland and plans for future increases. On January 1, 2015, the hourly minimum wage in Maryland increased from $7.25 to $8.00 per hour, the

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Are We Working Yet? When Getting Ready Is “Integral” to the Job

January 12, 2015

Courts have struggled over the years to define which of the tasks involved in preparing for work, as well as leaving it, are “compensable” to employees. Disparate results have been difficult to reconcile with each other. Recently, the U.S. Supreme

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A Costly Bluff: Dealer School May Have Been Front for Casino’s Employee Training Program

October 21, 2014

Maryland’s central casino, Maryland Live!, may have used a dealer school to conceal an employee training program, according to three students of the school. Last week, those three students filed a potential class action lawsuit in federal court seeking compensation

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Recent Employment Law Developments Offer a Mixed Bag for Maryland Employers

September 30, 2014

Below are some of the latest developments in employment law affecting federal and state contractors. Limits to Enhanced Damages Under Maryland’s Wage Law A terminated employee’s attempt to expand eligibility for enhanced damages under Maryland’s Wage Payment and Collection Law

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Firing Offenses: How Case Law Can Fill the Gap in Employment Provisions

September 30, 2014

The purpose of an employment agreement is to agree upon the terms and conditions of employment in advance – perhaps most important among them being how to end it in the event the relationship deteriorates. Although the goal of an

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Baltimore City Adopts “Ban the Box”

September 26, 2014

Earlier this year, the City of Baltimore passed “ban the box” legislation restricting private employers from inquiring into the criminal history of job applicants (the “box” refers to the criminal history check-box on employment applications).  The new law forbids employers

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Maryland’s New Parental Leave Law Takes Effect October 1

September 26, 2014

Starting October 1, 2014, small employers in Maryland (those employing 15-49 employees) will be required to provide employees with unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child under the Maryland Parental Leave Act (“MPLA”).  Pursuant to the MPLA,

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Recovering from Employee Theft through Fidelity Insurance

September 26, 2014

Recent trends show an increase in employee theft and fraud over the past few years, with potentially devastating consequences.  According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, U.S. organizations lose about 7% of annual revenues to fraud.  Moreover, the median

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