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New Sick And Safe Leave Law is Good News for Employees in Montgomery County

New Sick And Safe Leave Law is Good News for Employees in Montgomery County

A new law that went into effect in October 2016 requires most employers in Montgomery County to provide earned sick and safe leave to employees for work performed in the county. The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law, which was intended to provide employees with paid and/or unpaid leave or time off to take care of matters such as their own sickness, family illness or domestic violence, was further amended to allow employees to take earned sick and safe leave for parental purposes, as well.

The new amendment, effective November 9, 2016, specifically allows sick and safe leave to be used for the birth of a child, adoption, foster care, or bonding with a child. The law requires employers to provide paid sick and safe leave at the rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours an employee works, up to 56 hours in a calendar year. An employer with fewer than five employees must provide an employee with up to 32 hours of paid sick and safe leave, plus an additional 24 hours of unpaid leave. Also, employers are required to give employees written notice that they are entitled to earned sick and safe leave under the new law.

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People with Disabilities will ALWAYS Matter – and Have Legal Rights

People with Disabilities will ALWAYS Matter – and Have Legal Rights

Change under any new presidential administration can be frightening, especially for people with special needs. But for one particular New York Times contributor who happens to be a woman AND physically disabled, the removal of the Disabilities section of the White House website has her downright terrified.

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You May Not Be an Independent Contractor – and May By Eligible for Overtime

You May Not Be an Independent Contractor – and May By Eligible for Overtime

An independent contractor is generally thought of as someone who is compensated by another party without withholdings and taxes and who also is paid a fixed amount for a specific job or task. Cable TV installers, painters and manual laborers often are paid as independent contractors.

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Daily Labor Report Touts Smaller 'Boutique' Firms Like Lebau & Neuworth

Daily Labor Report Touts Smaller 'Boutique' Firms Like Lebau & Neuworth

A recent Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report article, citing Lebau & Neuworth attorney Steven Lebau, states, “Whether they work on the management side or the worker side of labor and employment law, the attorneys contacted by Bloomberg BNA touted the advantages of boutiques (small law firms such as Lebau & Neuworth) for both lawyers and clients. They said the lawyers collaborate more and are able to offer high-quality and expert services at lower prices.”

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Comprehensive New Rules Govern Reporting of Doctors, Health Care Providers

Comprehensive New Rules Govern Reporting of Doctors, Health Care Providers

Sweeping new regulations issued from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, have several key preliminary definitional terms that require a hospital or practice group to report an employee to the Maryland Board of Physicians in certain situations from which he or she may face discipline and never be able to get another job.

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EEOC Issues New Guidance on Mental Health Conditions

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently posted a new "Workplace Rights" document for  employees and job applicants with mental-health conditions.

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Customer Harassment is Unlawful – and the Employer is Liable

In December 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) won a major victory for employees in EEOC v. Costco Wholesale Corp., especially those working in the service industry.  Importantly, the case underscores the fact that all employees are entitled to a safe, secure and fair workplace free of sexual harassment, including harassment by customers that an employer is aware of and fails to remedy.

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EEOC Achievements in 2016 Highlighted by Discrimination Resolutions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released its 2016 Fiscal Year (FY) Performance Report. The report outlines the EEOC’s accomplishments in FY 2016, which ran from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016.

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It was a Good Year for the False Claims Act

Lebau & Neuworth attorneys frequently represent current and former employees at all levels -- from top executive to factory-floor workers -- in whistleblowing claims under the False Claims Act. We have at least two cases now under Department of Justice Review, and in 2015 we settled a client’s False Claims Act case against the former employer for nearly $15 million.

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Employees May be Entitled to Additional Leave from Employers as a 'Reasonable Accommodation'

Employers do not realize that, even if an employee’s leave is no longer covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) or was not covered in the first place, other protections may apply. This includes protections created by the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.), as amended. The law is intended to protect persons with disabilities.

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Stephen Lebau Recognized as a Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Posted on December 22, 2016 in Employee Rights, Employment Law

Lebau & Neuworth attorney Stephen Lebau has been awarded the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating by his peers and the Judiciary – the Martindale-Hubbell 2016 AV Preeminent Award – Judicial Edition. Stephen’s AV Preeminent Award is the premier ranking for both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, reflecting the opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary.

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