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Legislative Updates

    LEGISLATIVE  UPDATES:

    Legal Update June 2018

    DISCLOSING SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE ACT OF 2018 (SB 1010)

    This Bill was  Signed on May 15, 2018

    Bill Summary:

    An employer is prohibited from taking specified adverse actions against an employee who fails or refuses to enter into an agreement that contains a void waiver. An employer who enforces or attempts to enforce an employment contract, policy, or agreement that contains a waiver that is void is liable for the employee’s reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. The bill applies to any employment contract, policy, or agreement that is executed, extended, or renewed on or after October 1, 2018. By July 1 of 2020 and 2022, an employer with 50 or more employees must submit a short survey electronically to MCCR on:

    • the number of settlements made by or on behalf of the employer after an allegation of sexual harassment by an employee;
    •  the number of times the employer has paid a settlement to resolve a sexual harassment allegation against the same employee over the past 10 years of employment; and
    • the number of settlements made after an allegation of sexual harassment that included a provision requiring both parties to keep the terms of the settlement confidential.

    See link below for more information:

    http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2018RS/fnotes/bil_0000/sb1010.pdf

    HIRING & PROMOTION PREFERENCES FOR VETERANS & THEIR SPOUSES AS AMENDED

    • Originally passed in 2016 and amended effective October 1, 2018

    • Permits employers to grant hiring & promotion preferences to:

    •  Eligible veterans
    • Spouse of an eligible veteran who as a service-connected disability
    • Surviving spouse of a deceased eligible veteran

    Source: www.dllr.state.md.us