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Maryland Joins the Bandwagon: Bans Noncompetes for Low-Wage Workers

Maryland has become the latest state to revise its noncompetition law to clamp down on the practice and further restrict the types of workers permitted to be bound by such restrictive covenants.

Maryland Approves Minimum Wage Increase to $15 an Hour

Maryland has become the sixth state in the nation to adopt a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. The state’s Democratic-controlled legislature overrode Republican Governor Larry Hogan’s veto on March 28, 2019. The current minimum wage in Maryland is $10.10 per hour.

Maryland Raises Minimum Wage

Maryland joined the parade of states raising the minimum wage to the magic number of $15 per hour when the state legislature voted to override the veto of Governor Larry Hogan on March 28, 2019. The minimum wage for employers with 15 or more employees will increase annually commencing January 1, 2020 until it reaches the $15 per hour level on January 1, 2025. The minimum wage for smaller employers will increase annually at a slower pace, and reach $15 on July 1, 2026. The initial increase for all employers effective January 1, 2020 raises the minimum wage to $11 per hour from the current $10.10.

Maryland Minimum Wage Will Increase to $15 per Hour

The Maryland General Assembly voted to override the governor's veto to pass a bill that will increase the state minimum wage rate to $15 per hour for all employers by 2026. Maryland becomes the sixth state to approve a $15 minimum wage, following California, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

Maryland General Assembly Approves Minimum Wage Increase

The minimum wage in Maryland is increasing from $10.10 to $15 per hour. The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation for the raise.

Minimum Wage in Maryland Is Increasing to $15 by 2025

The minimum wage in Maryland is increasing from $10.10 to $15 per hour, approved by the Maryland House of Delegates.

Sexual Harassment Waiver Ban, Noncompetes Top New October 1 Compliance Requirements

A Maryland ban on sexual harassment waivers in employment contracts and a broad Massachusetts law governing noncompetition agreements headline a host of new state and local October 1 compliance requirements. But that's not all, as San Francisco's expanded "ban the box" criminal history law also takes effect.

Maryland Employers, Are You Ready? New Sexual Harassment Law Takes Effect October 1

Maryland’s “Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018” takes effect on October 1, 2018. The Act prohibits certain waivers related to an employee’s future sexual harassment claims and future retaliation claims for making a sexual harassment claim. It also requires employers with at least 50 employees to complete a survey disclosing the number of sexual harassment settlements in which the employer has entered.

Full Disclosure: Maryland’s New #MeToo Law May Do Little to Expose Workplace Harassment

In reaction to a litany of high-profile scandals, Maryland has joined a growing number of states in enacting legislation intended to prevent employers from sheltering perpetrators of sexual harassment. Approved by Governor Larry Hogan on May 15, 2018, the Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018 (DSHWA) purports to ban employment contracts requiring sexual harassment claims to be resolved through private arbitration. It also mandates that large employers report certain information about sexual harassment settlements to the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, which in turn can make some of that information available to the public. Hampered by weak enforcement provisions and faced with a potential preemption challenge, however, DSHWA may not have a significant impact on current employer strategies for avoiding and managing sexual harassment claims.

Sexual Harassment Claims Gain More Transparency Under Maryland Law, Uber Policy

The #MeToo movement revealed that a culture of sexual harassment thrives in secrecy and that bringing sexual harassment and misconduct claims to light is essential to ending these unlawful practices. To that end, Congress disallowed taking as a business deduction the cost of any settlement of a sexual harassment case that includes a nondisclosure agreement and many states, like New York, are enacting new laws targeting employers that hide sexual harassment settlements.