There has recently been a slew of changes and new trends in employment law that require all businesses to revisit their employee handbooks, policies, and agreements.
- Paid Family Medical Leave is coming to Maryland. The state is expected to announce employer/employee contribution rates to the system this October and contributions will be required 1-year later with benefits set to begin on January 1, 2026.
- The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a federal law, took effect less than 2 months ago and requires certain businesses to provide “reasonable accommodations” to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medial conditions.
- Federal Government and States are Moving to Ban Non-Competes. The Federal Trade Commission has proposed regulations curtailing non-competes and the National Labor Relations Board published a memo taking the position that non-compete agreements violate federal law in certain circumstances. In addition, many states, including Maryland and DC, have taken recent actions limiting non-compete agreements.
With these and other changes in employment law, and to limit potential liability, now is the time to revise your policies.
Compass Law Partners’ Rob Garagiola (RGaragiola@Compass-Law.com) can help you navigate these policy changes and update your employee handbooks and agreements.