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Offit Kurman Telebriefs® | Raise the Wage Act, Civil Right Statute of Maryland and Fox versus Costco Wholesale Corporation

On July 18th, the Raise the Wage Act. was passed in the House, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over five years and then have an automatic index to increase on an annual basis. This pattern of increasing wage is on the rise among many states, including Maryland. On a different legislative note, on July 11th, The House Financial Services Committee heard testimony and approved for the entire House if it will consider a bill which will amend The Fair Credit Reporting Act in more employee favorable directions.

In Maryland, modifications to workplace harassment laws will go into effect on October 1st. The changes will establish strict liability on employers for harassment committed by an employee’s supervisor. Another law is set to take place on October 1st, passed by the Maryland General Assembly, called the Gender Diversity in the Boardroom Act. The Act’s purpose is to promote gender diversity in corporate management boardrooms. Finally, on October 1st Maryland will enforce penalties for those employers who do not pay similarly situated employees the same wage, without regard to sex or gender identity.

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Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.





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