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Maryland Adopts Salary History Ban and Wage Transparency Law

September 16, 2020
Effective October 1, 2020, Maryland employees have more power in salary negotiations with employers.  House Bill 123 amends certain provisions of Maryland’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Law.  HB123 requires that employers provide a wage range for a position upon request of the applicant and it also creates a salary history ban.  HB14 protects employees from retaliation for asking about their own wages.  Prior to the amendment, the law only protected employees from asking about co-worker wages.

Virginia Pregnancy Accommodation Law

July 17, 2020

Effective July 1, 2020, Virginia employers with five or more employees must provide reasonable accommodation to employees and applicants due to such person’s pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition (including lactation), unless the employer can demonstrate that such accommodation would impose undue hardship on the employer.  Similar to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the law requires that an employer engage in an interactive process with the employee/applicant to determine if a reasonable accommodation i