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State Contractors: Joint Liability under Maryland’s Prevailing Wage Law

September 26, 2014

Maryland’s Prevailing Wage Law, governs, among other things, an employee’s rate of pay, working hours, and other employer obligations on construction projects for which the state expends more than $500,000, and when state public funds cover 50% or more of

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Federal Contractors: ACA Mandated Group Health Plan Coverage May Not Qualify as Fringe Benefits under Service Contract Act

September 26, 2014

The Employer Shared Responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) requires large employers (i.e., those employing at least 50 full-time and full-time equivalent employees) to offer group health plan coverage to their full-time employees.  As many federal contractors know,

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Limits to Enhanced Damages under Maryland’s Wage Law: Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc. (2014)

September 26, 2014

Maryland employers are particularly wary of employee wage claims because Maryland’s Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”) provides for enhanced damages (i.e., three times the amount of withheld wages) and attorney’s fees to a prevailing plaintiff in certain situations. However,

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Contractual Language that can Inadvertently Destroy “At-Will” Employment: Spacesaver Sys., Inc. v. Adam (2014)

September 26, 2014

Recently, the Maryland Court of Appeals discussed a new restraint on the State’s “at-will” employment doctrine, one that is triggered by language commonly found in employment agreements.  Specifically, the Court held that an employment contract clause providing that the employee

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Shorts Season: Should your company implement a dress code?

March 31, 2014

The employment law attorneys at Bowie & Jensen explain personnel policies in relation to dress codes. As the end of what has been a brutal winter nears, Marylanders are ready to welcome milder weather by trading corduroys for khakis and

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Maryland Employment Law: Checking References

March 31, 2014

Employment law can be complicated, and understanding laws between candidates and potential employers requires diligent research and preparation. Here, the Maryland employment law attorneys at Bowie & Jensen explain what hiring managers can and cannot ask a job candidate’s references,

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The ABC's of Restrictive Covenants on Employees

January 6, 2014

Many misconceptions exist about the efficacy and need for non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements, so it is important to keep a few simple facts in mind. A. The Law Prohibits Disclosing Confidential Information Many employers believe they must require employees

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What's in a Name? Independent Contractors v. Employees

December 30, 2013

Classifying or misclassifying someone as an employee or an independent contractor can have significant effects for employers. In an examination of the use of titles, Shakespeare famously wrote “That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell

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Sexual Harassment: Always A Touchy Situation In The Workplace

December 15, 2013

Statistics compiled by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, other administrative agencies, and the courts indicate that allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace are declining. However, statistics don’t always represent the full picture. While claims may be down, incidents of

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NLRB Advice Memorandum Clarifies Law Regarding Employers’ Ability To Prohibit Employees From Disclosing Information About Misconduct Investigations

November 4, 2013

Employers investigating complaints or incidents of employee misconduct—such as sexual harassment in the workplace—have typically admonished employees to refrain from disclosing information about ongoing investigations.  Employers do so to protect the integrity of the investigation, the reputation of the accused

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