Wednesday, November 20, 2013

When Are Commissions Earned In Maryland?

Under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, employers must pay employees “all wages due for work that the employee performed before termination of employment, on or before the day on which the employee would have been paid the wages if the employment had not been terminated.”  “Wages” include commissions, and the law has been applied to require payments to former employees who have done everything required of them to earn the commission before termination of employment.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Senate Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) passed the Senate by a vote of 64-32 on November 7, 2013.  The vote marked the first time that the measure prohibiting employment discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation or gender identity has ever passed either congressional chamber.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Senate Considers Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)

On October 28, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced that the United States Senate may in the very near future vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As this is written on the afternoon of November 4, ENDA stands only one vote short of the 60 needed to eliminate the possibility of a filibuster. If Senator Reid can obtain the 60 votes necessary for cloture, ENDA will receive its first “up or down” Senate vote and given the chamber’s Democratic majority, seems likely to pass. While ENDA appears to face an uphill battle in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives, where Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) has already expressed his opposition to the measure, the impending vote nonetheless presents an opportunity to remind employers that state and local laws in Maryland and the District of Columbia, but not Virginia, already prohibit discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.