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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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Attorneys Lebau and Neuworth are Both 10-Time Recipients of 'Super Lawyer' Rankings

Posted on December 16, 2016 in

For 10 years now, Lebau & Neuworth attorneys Stephen Lebau and Richard Neuworth have been rated by Super Lawyers as "Top Lawyers" in their respective fields of legal practice.

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Lebau & Neuworth Files Lawsuit for Employment Discrimination Case against Verizon

Attorneys at Lebau & Neuworth filed a lawsuit against Verizon on behalf of a victim of employment discrimination by the company. In this case, our client worked for Verizon for nearly two decades as a cable splicing technician and was discriminated against because of his religion and retaliated against because he reported the discrimination.

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Discipline After Complaints Of Discrimination Can Establish Retaliation Claims

Recently in Williams v. Ricoh Ams., the Federal District Court in Virginia made an important ruling in favor of employees who exercise their rights under anti-discrimination statutes. In the case, Mr. Williams, a 58 year-old African American male, was successfully employed by the defendant employer, Ricoh Americas Corporation, for 13 years.

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Lebau & Neuworth Honored as a 'Best Law Firm' by US News

Posted on November 15, 2016 in Counseling & Assessment, Employee Rights

U.S. News and World Report has named Lebau & Neuworth as one if its 2017 Best Law Firms. Specifically, Lebau & Neuworth was ranked in the prestigious "Tier 1" in the Baltimore Metropolitain area for its Employment Law for Individuals and its Labor & Employment Litigation services.

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Client With Disability Receives Justice Through The EEOC

Patricia Bonds, a client of Lebau & Neuworth, worked as a food clerk at Safeway's Westminster, Maryland, store when she sustained a work-related injury that substantially limited her ability to lift. Although Safeway initially accommodated Bonds' disability by reassigning her to work at the customer service desk, the store abruptly placed her on indefinite unpaid leave, claiming that she had exhausted her time limits for modified duty.

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Maryland Court Says Employees Can Sue Owners for Owed Wages

Posted on November 1, 2016 in Employee Rights, Wages, Overtime & Commissions

Recently in Rollins v. Rollins Trucking, LLC, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1492 (D. Md. Jan. 7, 2016), the Maryland federal court said that bosses and owners possibly could be personally liable for wages owed to employees.

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The Future of the Battle Against Discrimination Through the Eyes of the EEOC

Posted on October 31, 2016 in Discrimination & Harassment, Employee Rights

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently approved a Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP), which sets the EEOC’s priorities for the next five years. This gives insight into what actions the EEOC will consider over the next few years to help combat continued discrimination in the workplace.

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Restrictive Covenants Decision a Positive Development for Employees in Maryland

Posted on October 24, 2016 in Employee Rights, Non-compete Agreements

The Federal court in Maryland has provided a very encouraging roadmap for the law of noncompetes in the state. In fact, the court’s decision is great for an employee who may face an employer who attempts to prohibit him or her from working for another employer who may be a competitor — but the employee is not competing against the former employer.

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Workplace Retaliation: A Review of How to Prove a Claim Against an Employer

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions (EEOC) has just issued Enforcement Guidance on workplace retaliation under federal employment discrimination laws. This Guidance provides an excellent review of what is necessary to prove a retaliation claim.

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Mythbusting: Independent Contractor vs. Employee Status

Employers continue to misclassify workers as independent contractors in order to avoid paying overtime and provide employee benefits. Lebau & Neuworth recently sued the same employer on three separate occasions over a five-year period because it continued to misclassify its employees.

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