Maryland Employment and Labor Laws Updates 2024

In 2024, Maryland has introduced a range of new labor and employment laws, reshaping the landscape for workers and employers across the state. These updated regulations cover various
crucial areas, from minimum wage, employee monitoring, non-compete, recruiting compliance, sexual harassment, and more. As Maryland continues to prioritize the well-being and rights of its workforce, businesses and employees must stay abreast of these changes to ensure compliance and foster a fair and equitable work environment.
In this article, we will examine the critical updates and revisions to Maryland’s labor and employment laws in 2024, exploring the implications for employers, employees, and the overall business climate in the state. By understanding and adapting to these new regulations, organizations can confidently navigate the evolving legal landscape and uphold the highest standards of labor practices. Join us as we explore the latest developments in Maryland’s labor and employment laws and their impact on the state’s workplace dynamics.
Whether you are a seasoned HR professional, a business owner, or an employee seeking clarity on your rights, these updates will serve as a valuable resource for navigating the complexity of Maryland’s employment laws.

Maryland - Minimum Wage Increase

First, as of January 1, 2024, the Fair Wage Act is shaking things up by mandating a minimum wage of $15 per hour for all employers in Maryland, no matter the size. But wait, there’s more! Montgomery County and Howard County are also getting in on the action with their unique minimum wage rates, so be sure to check those out to stay in the know. You can get the full details here

Maryland Changes to Non-Compete Law

The new law in Maryland, effective as of January 1, 2024, expands non-compete protections for employees. It prohibits the use of non-compete clauses for employees who earn wages that are less than or equal to 150% of the state minimum wage, which is $15.00 per hour as of January 1, 2024...

Key Labor Laws in Maryland Updates Include:

  • Maryland Time Management or FMLA Laws
  • Employee Monitoring
  • Sexual Harassment for Public Employees
  • Hiring, working, and Termination laws in Maryland
  • Healthy Retail Employee Act
  • Payment Laws and more.

In addition to these updates, in Maryland, while there are provisions for employers to conduct phone call surveillance for work purposes, such as monitoring customer service calls, it is not permissible to record or eavesdrop on your employees’ personal phone calls or private conversations without their explicit consent. This means that any form of monitoring or recording of personal conversations requires the explicit consent of all parties involved. Discover additional information about these updates in this article

Maryland Wages, Breaks, Leave Laws and More

Unless your employees work in retail and meet the Healthy Retail Employee Act requirements, there’s no strict law mandating breaks, including lunch breaks. But hold up – if you’ve minors under 18 on your team, they’re entitled to a 30-minute break for every 5 hours of work. To understand the implications of this, check out the Maryland labor law guide

Social Security Taxable Wage Base and Limit

Additionally, it’s important to note that the Social Security taxable wage base and limit have been updated for 2024. Employers should ensure that they are accurately calculating Social Security taxes based on the new taxable wage base and limit to remain compliant with federal requirements.

Expanded Definition of Sexual Harassment

Maryland has broadened its definition of sexual harassment, impacting workplace policies and procedures.To understand the implications, check out this article

"Ban the Box" Law and Changes to W-4 Forms

In a significant move towards fair employment practices, Maryland has enacted the  ”Ban the Box” law. Maryland’s new “ban the box” law prohibits employers from asking about an individual’s criminal record on the initial job application.This law aims to provide individuals with criminal histories a fair chance at securing employment without being immediately disqualified based on their past interactions with the law.To read the full article on Maryland’s “Ban the Box” law, please click here.

In other news, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated the W-4 form, which employees use to indicate their federal income tax withholding preferences to their employers. The revisions aim to simplify the withholding process and make it more accurate for taxpayers.
The IRS has revamped the W-4 form, eliminating allowances, introducing additional withholding options and thev inclusion of a tax withholding estimator.The updated W-4 form provides clearer instructions and options for employees to calculate their tax withholding based on their individual circumstances. To access the details on the updated IRS W-4 form, please read here.

Recruiting Compliance in 2024: What You Need to Know

Lastly, in the realm of updated recruiting compliance law, employers must pay close attention to several critical areas: discrimination, pay equity, salary history inquiries, pre-employment drug screening, and “ban the box” legislation. Ensuring compliance in these areas is crucial for maintaining fair and lawful hiring process.

Employers should be vigilant in preventing discrimination during the recruitment process, promoting pay equity, refraining from asking about salary history, implementing fair pre-employment drug screening policies, and adhering to “ban the box” laws to provide equal opportunities to all candidates.

For a more in-depth look at recruiting compliance and its significance, you can explore further information by accessing the full  information here

 As Maryland continues to evolve its labor and employment laws to meet the needs of a changing workforce, stakeholders must collaborate, communicate, and embrace these updates for the collective benefit. 

We hope this exploration of Maryland’s  labor and employment laws has provided valuable insights and guidance for businesses and employees alike as they navigate the state’s ever-changing legal landscape.
Thank you for joining us through Maryland’s evolving labor and employment laws. Let’s strive for a workplace that promotes fairness, equality, and opportunity for all.

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