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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Selective Service Case

On October 17, 2011, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Elgin et. al. v. United States Department of the Treasury, et. al., a case involving a group of federal employees who were terminated and/or had job offers rescinded because of their failure to register with the Selective Service.

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OPM Issues Another Favorable Ruling in Selective Service Failure to Register Case

On October 14, 2011, OPM issued another ruling in favor of a client, finding his failure to register with the Selective Service was not knowing and willful.

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Department of Labor Creates App that Allows Employees to Track Work Hours

This past spring, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the launch of its first application for smartphones, a time sheet to help employees independently track the hours they work and determine the wages they are owed.

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IRS Creates Incentive to Fix Worker Classification Errors

As we have written elsewhere in this blog, when an employer misclassifies a worker as an independent contractor, the employer exposes itself to a host of potential claims and liabilities, including but not limited to payroll taxes, income tax withholding, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, overtime pay, and benefits.

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Firm Settles Large Sales Commission Case Against Public Tech Company

Late last year, we began representing a sales executive of a publicly traded technology company with unpaid commission claims exceeding $1 million dollars. Our client had greatly exceeded his assigned sales goals that triggered accelerators under his compensation plan that significantly enhanced his commissions.

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Three Selective Service Failure to Register Clients Receive Clearance from OPM for Federal Employment

In the time since I last updated this blog, the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) issued decisions on three appeals we are handling, finding in all cases that our clients' failure to register was not knowing and willful.

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New Maryland Law Prohibits Employer Use of Applicant and Employee Credit Information

Many employers require applicants to sign forms providing authorization for the employer to access an employee's credit report — particularly in the banking and financial services fields.

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OPM Issues Favorable Ruling in Selective Service Failure to Register Case Involving Natural Born U.S. Citizen

On April 7, 2011, the Office of Personnel Management (“OPM”) issued a favorable decision in another Selective Service “failure to register” case we handled.

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Court Issues Judgment of $70,000 to Client in Wage Payment and Collection Law Case

Last year, we began representing an employee of a local business in an unpaid wage case involving rather extraordinary facts — the employer had issued an astounding total of 57 paychecks to our client which the bank would not honor due to insufficient funds.

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Maryland Agency Suspends Policy of Requiring Applicants to Provide Usernames and Passwords to Facebook and Other Social Media Accounts

Not long ago, I wrote about the unfortunate waitress who was fired after posting derogatory information about her employer's customers on her Facebook account. In this day and age, workers should understand that employers routinely scour social media sites in conjunction with hiring decisions, when confronted with troubled employees and in a myriad of other circumstances.

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