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EEOC Issues Final Rule Outlining Employer Obligations Under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and New Guidance on Unlawful Harassment

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
June 3, 2024
On April 15, 2024, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a Final Rule that explains employers' obligations under the federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”). The Final Rule takes effect on June 18, 2024. As previously discussed, the PWFA requires covered emplo... Read more >
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FTC Approves Final Rule To Ban Many Non-Competes; Opponents Quickly Sue

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
May 20, 2024
With the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) April 23, 2024, approval of its Final Rule banning most non-competes, businesses subject to the FTC Act face an important change in rights that until now have been exclusively governed by state law.  Litigation challenging the FTC’s authority to is... Read more >
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Employer Liability for Use of AI in Hiring Practices – Part 1: Discriminatory "Screening Out" of Qualified Candidates With Disabilities

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
March 4, 2024
In this first post in a series about the use of AI and algorithmic decision-making technologies in the hiring process, we discuss the risks involved when such technologies "screen out" qualified candidates with disabilities in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Maryland H... Read more >
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New Law on Custody Cases Involving Relocation of The Child

By: Ferrier R. Stillman and Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
July 17, 2023
When parents separate, even when they agree on a custody and access schedule, that may not be the end of the child custody issues. In some cases, one of the parents decides to relocate after the original custody arrangement was established. There was always a concern that a parent’s relocation ... Read more >
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Employment Law Updates 2023

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
June 27, 2023
2023 is already proving to be an interesting year in state and federal employment law, as we see protections and benefits for employees expanding on the state and federal level.    I.          State Law Updates ... Read more >
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Maryland Removes Fault-Based Grounds for Divorce; Expands No-Fault Grounds

By: Kerianne P. Kemmerzell and Ferrier R. Stillman
June 15, 2023
Currently, Maryland law allows a spouse to pursue a divorce on the fault-based grounds of adultery, desertion, convictions of a crime, insanity, cruelty of treatment, and excessively vicious conduct. If a spouse cannot prove one of the fault-based grounds, then the parties either need to be separate... Read more >
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Are Your Highly Compensated Employees Entitled to Overtime Pay?

By: Casey D. Brinks
March 22, 2023
According to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the answer could depend on how their compensation is calculated.  In Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc., et al. v. Hewitt, the Supreme Court held that Mr. Hewitt, an oil rig worker who earned more than $200,000 annually, was entitled to over... Read more >
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D.C.'s Ban on Non-Competes Takes Effect

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
November 10, 2022
(If you employ at least one employee who is working 50% of the time in D.C., read on.) Note:  This article updates our previous article on the D.C. Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020).  The implementation of the D.C. Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 w... Read more >