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11 N. Washington St. Suite 520

Rockville, Maryland  20850

301.838.8950 

301.838.0322 (fax)

marcjsmith@slglaw.com

 

In Maryland, the payment of wages to employees is governed chiefly by the Fair Labor Standards Act (and its state law equivalent) and Maryland's Wage Payment and Collection law.  In a nutshell, the Fair Labor Standards Act governs the payment of overtime compensation and minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour) and the Wage Payment and Collection law governs the payment of an employee's wages and provides for up to treble (triple) damages and attorney's fees if an employer fails to pay wages in a timely manner.

Marc's practice includes representing employers and employees in a broad range of wage and hour matters.  Marc has successfully defended clients in litigation involving alleged unpaid compensation, including a recent case filed in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in which Marc obtained summary judgment on behalf of his client, a local bank, that was sued by a former employee for $500,000 in alleged unpaid compensation. Over the course of his career, Marc has also recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages and commissions for his clients.  

Marc also regularly provides advice to his business clients on issues relating to:

  • Classification of employees as "exempt" or "non-exempt" under the Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Overtime compensation;
  • Minimum wage;
  • Withholding obligations;
  • Payment of wages and other compensation at the conclusion of the employment relationship;
  • Commissions, including the obligation to continue to pay commissions to employees that have been terminated.

Marc has also represented numerous individuals in a wide variety of wage and hour matters.  For example, Marc represented over 30 employees of a local business who were deprived of overtime compensation and obtained triple damages for each of his clients.  In another well known Maryland case, Catapult v. Wolf, et. al., Marc obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of 14 employees who were deprived of their accrued vacation pay at the conclusion of their employment, a case  upheld by Maryland's Court of Special Appeals.  A copy of the opinion can be found here

OVer the course of his legal career, Marc has successfully handled many other cases on behalf of employees involving:

  • Unpaid wages;
  • Overtime compensation;
  • Unpaid commissions;
  • Unpaid vacation;
  • Severance pay; and
  • Unpaid bonuses.