Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NLRB General Counsel Memo Provides New Guidance for Employee Handbooks

By: Jeffrey A. Hord, Associate

In June, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) released the agency’s latest memorandum providing guidance on permissible rules and language in employee handbooks. The memo—entitled “Guidance on Handbook Rules Post-Boeing”—is intended to give employers a clearer picture of the types of workplace policies that the NLRB believes unlawfully interfere with workers’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or the “Act”). The need for such guidance became clear as employers struggled to understand and apply the principles set forth in the Board’s decision & order in the Boeing case last December (as we previously reported).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

D.C. Ballot Referendum Eliminates Minimum Wage Tip Credit

By Jack Blum, Associate

Summary:  D.C. voters approve ballot Initiative 77, which eliminates the tip credit and increases the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15/hour by 2025.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Maryland’s New Sick and Safe Leave Law Goes Into Effect February 11

By: Jessica B. SummersAssociate

Summary: On February 11, 2018, Maryland will become the ninth state to require employers to provide employees with sick leave. Except in the cases of very small employers, this sick leave must be paid. This will be a big change for many businesses and all Maryland employers are well advised to consider the new law and their existing policies and procedures to ensure that they are in compliance by February 11.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Are Your Leave Policies Creating Unintended Tax Issues? Part II: Leave Cash Out

By: Jessica B. Summers, Associate

SUMMARY: When structuring their benefits, employers often include policies on the cash-out of accrued but unused leave. However, employers tend to be unaware of the tax implications, and headaches, that can be generated by their leave cash-out policies.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Are Your Leave Policies Creating Unintended Tax Issues? Part I: Leave Donation

By: Jessica B. Summers, Associate

SUMMARY: When it comes to leave policies, most employers are focused on complying with federal, state and local leave laws and creating a competitive benefits structure. Often this includes policies on leave donation. However, employers commonly overlook the tax issues that can cause headaches for them and their employees.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tax Bill Creates New Employer Credit for Paid FMLA Leave

By: Jessica B. Summers, Associate

SUMMARY: Amidst the many new provisions in the tax bill that President Trump signed into law on December 22, 2017, is a credit for employers who pay employees leave they take under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This limited credit will only be available if certain conditions are met and (at this point) only for the 2018 and 2019 tax years.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

NLRB Loosens Standard of Review for Employee Handbook Policies

By Jack Blum, Maryland Employment Attorney

In major decision, the NLRB increases the weight placed on business justifications for workplace rules and approves of workplace civility policies.