Wednesday, May 09, 2012

What amount of unemployment tax does a Maryland Employer pay for each employee in a year?

$187-$1,147 (in 2012).  The range is because an employer's tax rate is based on its claims history over a period of three years.   The lowest rate is 2.2%; the highest rate is 13.5%.   Employers are only taxed on each employees first $8,500 in wages.   Overall rates are likely to be lowered in 2013.   Even at the very highest end, the total tax per week is under $25.

I have represented employees at several recent unemployment hearings.   It always surprises me how personally some employers take claims for uninsurance benefits.  Most such claims have little affect on the  employer's experience rating and its bottom line.

Friday, May 04, 2012

How Much Does an Entry-Level Maryland Wage and Hour Investigator Make?

$28,434 - $44,520.

There are three ways to enforce the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, the Law that allows Maryland employees to recover earned but unpaid wages.  The three ways are:

  1. By filing a civil lawsuit; 
  2. By filing a criminal complaint for a willful violation (I have never seen this done successfully); and
  3. By filing a claim with the Maryland Department of Labor (the "DLLR").  The DLLR may assign an investigator to investigate your claim.  As mentioned, the DLLR currently is hiring an investigator and is offering a salary of  $28,434 to $44,520.