RECAP: Small Business Member Meeting - Employment Law: Preparing for 2014

Posted Date: 
October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013 – Employment Law: Preparing for 2014

Guest Speakers:  Julie Reddig, Associate, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. & Nichole DeVries, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC

MCCC Small Business Member Meeting Co-Chair Clark Kendall welcomed members and introduced Julie Reddig, Associate, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd. & Nichole DeVries, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC. The speakers discussed employment law at the State and Federal level.

Julie Reddig presented 3 new employment laws in Maryland and discussed the implications and how companies can protect themselves.

  • Lien for Unpaid Wages Act allows Maryland employers 30 days to prove the employee was properly compensated after an employee files a complaint for alleged unpaid wages. To prepare, companies should consider implementing company-wide timesheets. In addition, job descriptions must accurately reflect the duties the employee performs.
  • Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers. Companies should revise employee handbooks and review temporary disability policies.
  • Deployment of Family Members in the Armed Services Act requires employers with 50 or more employees to allow 1 day of leave when an immediate family member leaves for or returns from active duty outside the U.S.

Nichole DeVries discussed new and developing laws to be aware of at the Federal level.

  • Discrimination and Wage and Hour Laws: In the midst of a shutdown, it is important to be mindful of wage and hour laws as well as discrimination laws. Be sure to keep detailed documentation of the rationale behind workforce planning decisions, especially in the cases of furloughs and lay-offs.
  • The Windsor decision declares that legally married same sex couples are considered “spouses” under DOMA which could impact company benefits. If mandated by either Federal or State law, employers may need to implement different regulations according to each state in which it operates.
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Regulations: OFCCP has created new rules for hiring veterans and disabled employees. It is important to comply with these regulations and keep documentation in anticipation of a potential investigation.

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