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What Employees Should Know about Room & Board Compensation

Employees should be aware that his or her employer may be allowed to count “the reasonable cost … of furnishing [the] employee with board, lodging, or other facilities” toward the employee’s owed wages. This issue was recently addressed in Balbed v Eden Park Guest House, et al. by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, of which Maryland is part.

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Lebau & Neuworth Helped More Than 500 Workers Get Owed Wages in 2017

The results are in -- In 2017, Lebau & Neuworth attorneys represented more than 500 workers get the overtime and owed wages they were due from the employers. The total amount recovered was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Home Companions & Aides Can Get Their Wages & Attorney Fees

A Maryland Court recently issued an important decision in Pinnacle Group et al. v. Victoria Kelly concerning overtime for companion-care home-healthcare workers in that state.

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Maryland's New Sick/Safe Leave Law is Now In Effect

After a long fight, Maryland’s sick-leave law is now in effect, requiring certain employers to offer sick and safe leave to their employees under the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act.

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Employer Looses, Must Pay Employees for Short Breaks

An employer refused to pay employees for any breaks lasting more than 90 seconds. Twice now, this selfish employer lost in court, first before the trial court and just recently before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Employees May be Entitled to Pay for Travel Time

If an employee is required to meet at an employer’s place of business to perform job duties before traveling to a jobsite or return there at the end of the day before going home, the employer may have to pay the employee for his or her travel time.

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It is YOUR Duty to Mitigate – And You Could Be Sorry If You Don’t

You could have a rock-solid discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation case,  or even a breach of contract case, and win at trial and (surprise) recover absolutely nothing if you fail to look for another job – what the law calls “mitigate damages.”

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Maryland and Montgomery County Increase Minimum Wage

Maryland’s minimum wage has now been rasied to $9.25 per hour, a 50-cent increase, as part of incremental increases approved in 2014 by Governorner Martni O'Malley to take place over several years. Next year, the minimum wage is set to increase to $10.10 per hour.

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Beware: Laws That Will Take Away Your Overtime Pay are In the Works

You ARE entitled to overtime pay if you are paid by the hour and work more than 40 hours in a workweek -- but that may change if a Republican-passed bill in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law, which it should not!

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Computer Professionals Should Monitor Their Status for Overtime Entitlements

One of the more misunderstood laws is that through which employers are exempt from paying overtime wages to computer/IT professionals – and, therefore, it is often most abused by some employers.

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