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Many employers may be surprised to learn that their personnel policies and procedures may actually violate the National Labor Relations Act, especially if they operate in a union-free environment.  Here are the top concerns employers should be made aware of in 2013.  Employee Manual Language Under the National Labor Relations Act (NRLA), non-union employees have…

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Bowie & Jensen LLC attorney Michael Smith testified against HB599 on behalf of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in a recent reading before the Judicial Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates.  On January 31st Maryland Delegates Glenn and Conoway introduced HB599 a bill which would require companies with 10 or more employees to compensate…

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Though the business entity is normally liable for unpaid wages, employees also may attempt to claim them from individual owners of the employer entity.  In Maryland, an individual construction project manager who is a company owner may be considered an “employer” under the Fair Labor Standards Acts (“FLSA”) and could be liable for unpaid wages…

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TOWSON: Bowie & Jensen, a premier business law firm, is pleased to announce that veteran employment litigator R. Michael Smith is now a lawyer with the firm.   “Our employment law practice was started by Nicole Windsor and she has become a leading attorney in advising privately held companies in employment related matters.  The addition of…

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As employers struggle with sky-rocketing unemployment insurance premiums, some look to reorganization for relief. Unfortunately, most business reorganizations designed to reduce unemployment insurance rates are illegal and can result in serious trouble for employers. Maryland’s State Unemployment Tax Act (“SUTA”) prohibits employers from taking unlawful actions to lower their unemployment insurance tax rate below the…

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Employers now have until April 30, 2012 to post the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) rights poster. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decided to postpone implementation of the posting rule from January 31, 2012 until April 30, 2012. This requirement applies to both non-unionized and unionized workplaces. The poster provides a comprehensive list of…

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The Maryland legislature is considering legislation to address the business community’s concerns about the Workplace Fraud Act (“WFA”). The WFA applies exclusively to the construction and landscaping industries. Under the current WFA, there is a presumption that all workers are employees unless an employer can demonstrate that they satisfy the ABC test. The ABC test…

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