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Marijuana decriminalization sparks confusion in Md. workplaces

Marijuana buds sitting next to prescription medicine bottle

OCEAN CITY — The rapidly changing landscape of marijuana decriminalization has caused “mass confusion” and legal issues in Maryland workplaces, requiring employers and employees to be aware of ongoing developments, lawyers said Friday at a panel discussion at the Maryland ...

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Some justices support Muslim teen in Abercrombie case

Samantha Elauf stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The EEOC is appealing a lower-court decision that said Abercrombie couldn’t be held liable for rejecting a Muslim job applicant based on her wearing a traditional head covering known as a hijab, because she failed to tell the interviewer explicitly that she wore the hijab for religious reasons.

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EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF BALTIMORE COUNTY v. LAWRENCE MINTON

Appellee’s resignation in lieu of termination did not waive his right to contest the denial of his pension, and the County Board of Appeals’ decision as to his service to Baltimore County Public Schools was not arbitrary and capricious, and was supported by substantial evidence.

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STEPHEN P. PLATT v. BOARD OF APPEALS, MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, LICENSING, AND REGULATION

Appellant Stephen Platt is a deaf man who was fired from his job for allegedly signing obscenities in American Sign Language. Platt sought unemployment compensation, but was denied benefits by a Claims Specialist because he had engaged in gross misconduct. He appeals.

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TALBOT COUNTY, MARYLAND v. LEWIS PLUGGE, ET AL.

Talbot County appeals the denial of dispositive motions filed throughout employees' wrongful termination case. It presents a single question for our review, which we have rephrased as follows: Whether the language in the employee handbook was sufficient to preclude appellees’ reliance on the layoff provisions of the document

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Wage law provides out-of-state protection, court says

Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, a lead sponsor of the anti-waiver provision in 2011, and Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin (pictured) praised the high court’s statements regarding Maryland’s strong public policy of wage protection. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

A poorly drafted employment contract between a Maryland lawyer and a Virginia law firm gave Maryland’s top court the opportunity to say the state’s wage-protection law safeguards Marylanders working for out of state companies regardless of where their contract was signed.

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VICTORIA KELLY v. THE PINNACLE GROUP, LLC, et al.

While this case was still pending appeal, the Court of Appeals issued two opinions that had a different interpretation of Wage Payment Collection Law. Based on the new case law, appellant asks that we reverse the circuit court’s grant of summary judgment for her employer on her action for overtime wages.

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SHEILA BRECK v. MARYLAND STATE POLICE

Sheila Breck appeals a judgment of the Circuit Court, which affirmed an administrative disciplinary ruling of the Maryland State Police. Because appellee failed to maintain a record of a critical portion of the hearing, we vacate the judgment and remand with instructions to remand to MSP for further proceedings

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HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES COMM OF MONTGOMERY CO v. YIANNIS YIALLOUROS

We apply Section 9-202 of the Labor and Employment Article, a provision of the Workers’ Compensation title that authorizes a self-insured employer to recoup benefits paid to a claimant/employee who thereafter recovered a settlement from a third party tort feasor.

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MICHAEL STEIN v. MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY

As MDTA correctly notes, the sole authority for setting the “Standard Pay Plan” rests with the Secretary of Budget and Management. Moreover, the ALJ properly found geography to be the primary motivation for hiring ICC ERTs at a higher step.

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