Division of Labor and Industry


The Maryland Guide to Wage Payment and Employment Standards


E-Mail Address: ess@dllr.state.md.us

This booklet is a publication of the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The Guide is meant to be used by employees and employers as a general reference source on wages and employment in Maryland. The information contained within identifies and discusses many fundamental elements of the Maryland law, and attempts to address many of the most often asked questions. This booklet is not exhaustive, however, and should not be cited as legal authority or used as a substitute for legal advice.

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Table of Contents

I.    Maryland Wage Laws - In General

II.   Remedies for Unpaid Wages
       * Note on Jurisdiction

III.  Work Issues

  1. What is "Work"?
  2. Change of Work Hours: An Employer's Right
  3. Employee or Independent Contractor?
        * Factors in Making the Distinction Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor
        * Case Studies

IV. Wages and Compensation

  1. What is a "Wage"?
  2. Frequency of Pay
  3. Wage Payment at Termination: When Final Paycheck Due
  4. Wages Paid On Time
  5. Deductions from Wages
  6. Deductions for Unemployment and Workers' Compensation
  7. Unused Vacation at Termination -- Is It Payable?
  8. Unused Sick Leave at Termination -- Is It Payable?
  9. Flexible Leave Act
  10. Adoption Leave
  11. Deployment Leave
  12. Holidays and Holiday Pay: No Entitlement
  13. Temporary Closures, Snow Days, Etc.: Not Compensable
  14. Change of Pay: In the Employer's Discretion
  15. Severance Pay
  16. Uniforms: Passing On the Cost
  17. Compensable Time: For What Time Must An Employee Be Paid?
  18. Commuting to Work: Non-Compensable
  19. Notice of Termination: Payment of Wages During Notice Period
  20. Tipped Employees: Payment of Less than Minimum Wage
  21. Trainings and Meetings: Compensable Time
  22. Direct Deposit of Wages: Voluntary
  23. Recordkeeping: An Employer's Responsibility
  24. Holding Wages: "One Pay in the Hole"
  25. Bounced Paychecks
  26. Pay for Lunch and Other Breaks
  27. Commissions
  1. Amusement and Recreational Establishments

V.  Overtime

  1. In General
  2. Salaried Employees: No Overtime
      1. Executive
      2. Administrative
      3. Professional
  3. Hourly and Non-Executive, Non-Administrative and Non-Professional Employees: May Receive Overtime
  4. Independent Contractors
  5. Minimum Wage and Overtime Exemptions
  6. Overtime Only Exemptions
  7. Involuntary Overtime Prohibition for Licensed Practical Nurses or Registered Nurses

VI. Employer Discretion in the Workplace: Employment-At-Will

  1. Employment At-Will: Termination of Employment
  2. Displaced Workers: Reductions in Force
  3. Setting the Terms of Employment
  4. Breaks, Benefits and Days Off
  5. Drug Tests
  6. Fair Credit Act
  7. Healthy Retail Employee Act (Shift Breaks)

VII.   Where to Find Help

VIII.  Labor and Employment Publications in Maryland


For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry

(410) 767-2357 (recorded message)

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