Friday, October 14, 2022

Federal Court Affirms Employer Liability for Acts of Non-Employees

By Hayes Edwards

Written with assistance from Zachary Aman, Law Clerk

Employers are well aware that discrimination and harassment against employees is unlawful, but a recent ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia) serves as an important reminder that, in certain circumstances,  employer liability can extend to misconduct by third parties (other than co-workers). 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Four Things Every Restaurant Owner Should Know About Wage & Hour Collective and Class Actions

While the thought of being sued by a single worker for unpaid wages is enough to give most restaurant owner’s heartburn, the implications of being sued by a large group or class of workers can be a real life nightmare. Wage and hour collective and class action lawsuits against restaurants are a prime target for plaintiffs’ attorneys.   

Below is a Q&A regarding class and collective actions, with several preventive steps a restaurant or restaurant chain can take to greatly reduce its legal exposure.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Maryland’s Expanded Move-Over Law Serves an Important Reminder to Have Clear Policies for Employees Who Drive for Business

By Jessica Summers 

On October 1, 2022, Maryland’s expansion to the state’s “Move Over” law went into effect. Maryland’s law previously required that motorists move over to the next lane when emergency vehicles are stopped on the side of the highway.  This term, the General Assembly expanded the law so that drivers are now required to move over for any vehicles with their hazard lights on, or where road flares, traffic cones, or other caution signals out.