Employment in Maryland

The total number of laws devoted to regulating the interaction between employers and employers is astronomical. There are numerous state and federal laws that apply. Not even an employment lawyer could know them all by heart, but it's important for every citizen who's seeking or has employment in Maryland to understand some of the basic laws about employment, such as discrimination and worker's compensation laws. Having a good grasp on these laws and procedures can help ensure that, in the event of accident or dispute with your employer, you rights won't be abused.

Discrimination Policies for Employment in Maryland

If you're a job seeker hunting for employment in Maryland, or are already employed and hoping for a promotion, understanding discrimination laws is key. Discrimination laws cover a lot of potential issues, but some things that might seem like discrimination aren't. Also, remember that employers aren't bound by law to give jobs or promotions to the most qualified people. The only thing employers can't do is deny employment to someone based on their race, sex, sexual orientation, age, disabilities or nationality.

"At-Will" Employment: What It Means?

Maryland, like almost every other state in the union, is an "At-Will" employment state. What this means is that an employers can terminate their employees at any time, for any reason, or even for no reason at all. So even if you have employment Maryland, you may need to review the terms of your employment – unless you're working with a specific contract signed by you and your employer, termination is completely at the employer's discretion. There are a few exceptions – in these cases it is illegal for your employer to terminate you. For instance, employers can't fire you for refusing to partake in illegal conduct, or for filing a worker's comp claim.

Receiving Unemployment Benefits

If circumstances arise such that you are terminated, unemployment benefits for employment in Maryland should help keep you stable. Provided that you meet the requirements set forth by the state, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. First and foremost, you must've have lost your job due to something that wasn't your fault, or must have left your employer with good cause. Additionally, you must have been working for over a year directly prior. Finally, in order to maintain benefits, you must actively seek work and register with the unemployment office. Since you can receive benefits for up to a year, and benefits scale with your previous pay, unemployment can help you stay afloat for quite awhile as you search for a new job.

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