Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Year in Review: 5 Top Maryland Employment Law Issues from 2006

5. Employers can require at-will employees to waive their right to a jury trial through mandatory arbitration provisions in job applications. At the same time many Maryland employment lawyers realize that arbitration is just as expensive, unwieldy and unpredictable as litigation.

4. After the skirmish over Governor Ehrlich's political appointments, the citizens of Maryland elect a new governor. Will the General Assembly investigate soon-to-be Governor O'Malley's appointments?

3. The Maryland Federal District Court strikes down the Wal-Mart bill. The case is now pending at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

2. The Supreme Court's Burlington Northern decision expands employee rights to challenge workplace retaliation. At the same time, the Fourth Circuit greatly restricts such rights in Jordan v. Alternative Resources Corp. Will the Supreme Court review the Jordan case in 2007?

1. The Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law really means that it says. Employer must pay employees earned wages, whether they be accrued vacation, bonuses, or commissions.

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