Since 2014, the MSBA Maryland Employment Law Deskbook has been the most comprehensive source of employment law available to Maryland attorneys.  It offers every attorney immediate access to a full range of information necessary to provide effective guidance to employers for fulfilling their legal obligations to employees, and to employees seeking redress if their employer fails to do so. The MSBA is pleased to announce that the newly revised 2021 Maryland Employment Law Deskbook is now available to ensure that Maryland employment lawyers, business advisors and litigators remain current in this important area of law.

Attorneys in virtually every practice area encounter employment law issues.   Labor and employment law specialists, business law generalists, and litigators are all called upon to advise clients on the rights and responsibilities inherent in every aspect of the employment relationship. As with prior editions, the 2021 Maryland Employment Law Deskbook puts in the hands of every attorney the answers to their clients’ questions regarding hiring and firing, pay and leave requirements, and the rules and regulations administered by an array of state and federal agencies that monitor employment law compliance.  It is a resource of unparalleled scope in a practice area of fundamental importance to lawyers and clients alike.  

“Employment law” covers a broad range of subjects that includes common law contract and tort, the enforcement of civil rights laws, and the technical requirements of a seemingly endless list of federal, state and local statutory requirements that govern the employer/employee relationship.   A look inside the 2021 Maryland Employment Law Deskbook  Table of Contents illustrates the breadth of this practice area, and the depth of coverage of these subjects found in a single, ambitious title.

Each of the book’s 29 chapters contains commentary and analysis of the governing statutes, regulations and case law applicable to a specific area of employment law.  Extensive citations to authority are accompanied by drafting checklists, sample documents, and other time-saving practice tips and tools.  Written by Maryland lawyers for Maryland lawyers, the 2021 Maryland Employment Law Deskbook is full of practical advice for clients looking to avoid conflict, as well as dozens of context specific litigation forms (including complaints, discovery, and jury instructions) for use by practitioners when conflict becomes inevitable.  

Every chapter has been updated to reflect statutory changes and common law developments since 2016.  The practitioner’s guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), for example, has been revised to include a section dedicated to the FMLA in the wake of COVID-19.  The chapter addressing issues affecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees contains a discussion of the Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which extends Title VII protections to LGBTQ employees.  A section has been added to the discussion of Maryland Leave Laws to address the operation and impact of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Acts that went into effect in 2018.  And the 2021 Maryland Employment Law Deskbook contains an entirely new chapter devoted to the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  

Labor and employment law attorneys and corporate counsel will find detailed discussion and references to current legal authority that will enable them to counsel their clients about the full range of employment issues, including issues arising from the at-will employment relationship, federal, state and local fair employment requirements, equal pay pay for equal work laws, the FMLA, the Maryland Flexible Leave Act, the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, the state Wage and Hour Law, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and state and federal occupational safety and health laws, among others.  

The 2021 Maryland Employment Law Deskbook also informs employment law attorneys, advisors and litigators on substantive and procedural requirements for an array of controversies that can arise before, during and after the employment relationship.  There are, for example, separate chapters on employment torts in their many manifestations, on claims of discrimination based race and national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age, and genetics, and for constitutional claims that might be brought against or on behalf of public officials and employees.  The elements of each of these causes of action, the proof required to sustain them, and available defenses are outlined and explained throughout.

This revised work is an essential resource for effective representation of employers and employees, useful to both seasoned and novice practitioners alike.  To purchase a copy of this popular publication, click here