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June Legislative Updates

    Maryland Legislation

    The Healthy Working Families Act did pass out of the Senate on April 3rd.  However, Governer Hogan vetoed the bill. Thanks to everyone who supported MDSHRM and wrote to the governor to oppose the bill.

    Please take a moment to thank Governor Hogan by going to this link:

    Federal News:

    FLSA “EAP” Regulations Still On Hold – On Tuesday, November 22nd a Texas judged issued preliminary injunction that applied nationwide and effectively put the Department of Labor’s overtime regulations on hold.  The US Department of Labor subsequently filed an appeal to that ruling and asked the court to refrain from considering whether a final injunction would be issued until their appeal was heard. On January 3, 2017 the court declined the DOL’s request. Stay tuned to what the new Administration may bring to this sequence of events.  This is at least the third DOL regulation that has recently been delayed (See Persuader Rule below and previous “Blacklisting Rule”).

    OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule – After some delays the new rules have now taken effect.  Enforcement of the new anti-retaliation provisions took effect December 1, 2016.  The new electronic recordkeeping requirements took effect January 1, 2017.  For more information, click here

    EE0-1 Report – On September 29th the EEOC announced that the new pay data collection and reporting rule (new EEO-1 reporting requirements) will take effect March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

    Persuader Rule – On November 16th a judge issued a final injunction blocking implementation of the DOL’s Persuader rule. The new rule originally took effect April 25, 2016. But on June 27th a nationwide preliminary injunction was issued putting implementation on hold. The injunction is now final.  Click here for more information.