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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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Reporting Harassment in the Workplace is Seldom an Easy Thing to Do

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, undoubtedly with good intentions, has issued a short web posting: “What to Do if You Believe You Have Been Harassed at Work.”

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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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Whistleblower Protections Don't Show Up in The Funny Pages!

Legal protections for Whistleblowers are no laughing matter.

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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.

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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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The ‘Gig Economy’ and Your Wage Rights as an Independent Contractor

Technology companies, such as Uber and Lyft, tout the benefits of the “gig economy,” in which workers are designated as independent contractors, not employees. The problem is, independent-contractor status often does not benefit workers.

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