Law and the Workplace
Guy Brenner

Guy Brenner

Partner

Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues, medical and disability leave matters, employee/independent contractor classification issues, and the investigation and litigation of whistleblower claims. He assists employers in negotiating and drafting executive agreements and employee mobility agreements, including non-competition, non-solicit and non-disclosure agreements, and also conducts and supervises internal investigations.

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Maryland General Assembly Sends Paid Sick Leave Law To Governor

On April 5, 2017, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) which, if approved by Governor Larry Hogan, would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide their employees with 40 hours of paid sick and safe leave annually beginning on January 1, 2018. Smaller employers, i.e., those … Continue Reading

NOW IN EFFECT: D.C. Law Restricts Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On April 7, 2017, the D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) (L21-0256) took effect as Congress’s review period expired. As we have previously reported (here and here), the Act amends the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees based on their credit … Continue Reading

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Clarification For Independent Contractor Test

On March 21, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an important ruling, finding that an individual may be still considered an independent contractor under the state’s Unemployment Insurance Act even if he/she only provides services to one business or entity.  In so doing, the Connecticut Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Unemployment Insurance Board finding … Continue Reading

D.C. Universal Paid Family Leave Bill Submitted To Congress, But Changes Are Still Possible

The D.C. Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) has been submitted to Congress for a 30-legislative-day period of review. Presuming that the Act does not get overturned by Congress and the President, it is projected to become law on April 7, 2017. As we previously reported (here and here), the Act provides … Continue Reading

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Restricting Employers From Making Credit Check Inquiries

On February 15, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”). As previously reported, the Act, if it becomes law, will amend the D.C. Human Rights Act to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees based on their credit information. The Act will now … Continue Reading

D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Sent To Mayor For Approval

On December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0244) (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees based on their credit information.  On February 2, 2017, the … Continue Reading

Montgomery County Minimum Wage Increase Vetoed

Yesterday (January 23, 2017), Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett vetoed legislation that the Montgomery County Council approved last week that would have increased the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. In our previous analysis of this development, we noted that such a veto was possible.  Despite the veto, the prospect of an … Continue Reading

Montgomery County Council Approves Increase In Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

On January 17, 2017, the Montgomery County Council approved legislation that would increase the County’s minimum wage to $15 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees by July 1, 2020, and for all other employers by 2022. The Council approved the bill, Human Rights and Civil Liberties – County Minimum Wage – Annual … Continue Reading

Breaking: D.C. Council Passes Generous Employee Paid Leave Mandate

Yesterday (December 20, 2016), the District of Columbia Council passed a bill that would create one of the country’s most generous paid family leave programs. If it becomes law, the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (the “Act”) will provide all full and part time private sector workers in Washington, D.C. with eight weeks … Continue Reading

The Potential Impact Of The Congressional Review Act On New Employment Regulations In Light Of The Recent Election

The Obama administration has finalized a number of employment-related regulations over the past few months, including rules on overtime, worker benefits, paid sick leave for employees of federal contractors, and union elections. Additional regulations may be finalized prior to the commencement of the Trump Administration. Finalizing a regulation does not mean, however, that it will … Continue Reading

Seattle Becomes Second City to Pass “Secure Scheduling” Ordinance

Seattle, known for its employee-friendly ordinances, has passed a law regulating how large retailers, full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops schedule and pay their hourly, non-exempt workers.  Seattle is the second city, after San Francisco, to provide workers with scheduling protections.  The new ordinance will add a new chapter 14.22 to the Seattle … Continue Reading

Yoga Instructors Can Be Independent Contractors, Says NY Court of Appeals

Earlier this week, the New York State Court of Appeals in Yoga Vida NYC, Inc. v. Commissioner of Labor., No. 130 (N.Y. Oct. 25, 2016), issued a rare decision concerning an unemployment determination, reversing the Appellate Division and concluding that the employer yoga studio did not exercise sufficient control over certain of its instructors to create … Continue Reading

Reminder – Montgomery County, Maryland Employers: The Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act Is Now In Effect

On October 1, 2016, the Montgomery County, Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave Act (the “Act”) went into effect.  As a reminder, the Act, provides paid sick leave to all employees working in Montgomery County, Maryland (the “County”), regardless of how many workers an employer employs.  In addition to the various other obligations under the … Continue Reading

EEOC Reported To Be Close To Issuing New EEO-1 Regulations

As reported today in Politico, the EEOC’s final regulations revising the EEO-1 report will be released this week. The new regulations will revise the annual EEO-1 report to require employers to provide certain wage and hour data regarding their employees to the EEOC on an annual basis.  Our blog post on the proposed rule can be … Continue Reading

Maryland Employers: Are You Ready? The Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act Goes Into Effect October 1, 2016

Maryland’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (the “Act”) is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2016.  The Act amends Maryland’s existing Equal Pay law, expanding its protections against wage discrimination on the basis of sex in a number of significant ways.  The Act represents another example of the growing trend of new pay … Continue Reading

Oklahoma Partners With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

On September 13, 2016, Oklahoma became the 35th state to enter into a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor misclassification.  Oklahoma represents just the latest in a flurry of new participants in the U.S. DOL’s Misclassification Initiative, which was launched in 2010 … Continue Reading

North Carolina and Nebraska Join 32 Other States In Agreeing To Partner With U.S. DOL to Investigate Worker Misclassification

Just last month we reported that Pennsylvania had entered into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with the U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”), agreeing to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor misclassification.  Now two more states have joined the U.S. DOL in this effort. In the past week, North Carolina and Nebraska … Continue Reading

New Arizona Independent Contractor Law Now In Effect

Arizona’s “Declaration of Independent Business Status” law went into effect earlier this month. The new law, which appears to be the first of its kind, aims to provide independent contractors and the businesses that engage them greater certainty with respect to their employment status. Under the new law, independent contractors may sign a Declaration of Independent … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and U.S. DOL Agree to Work Together Against Misclassification

The U.S. Department of Labor (“U.S. DOL”) and the  Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently signed a memorandum of understanding to share information and conduct joint investigations regarding independent contractor misclassification.  The agreement is part of the U.S. DOL’s Misclassification Initiative, the stated goal of which is to “combat employee misclassification and to ensure … Continue Reading

EEOC Announces Revised EEO-1 Rule

The EEOC published its revised EEO-1 Rule, responding to a number of comments submitted following the issuance of its proposed rule in February 2016.  As a reminder, the EEOC proposed revising its EEO-1 report to require employers to provide certain wage and hour data regarding their employees to the EEOC on an annual basis.  Our … Continue Reading

D.C. Council Postpones Vote On Two Controversial Employment Bills

The D.C. Council has postponed votes on the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act (the “Scheduling Act”) and the Universal Paid Leave Act (the “Leave Act”), two controversial bills that would impose significant burdens on D.C. employers. The Scheduling Act seeks to impose burdensome restrictions on chain retailers’ and chain restaurants’ ability to schedule and hire … Continue Reading

Maryland Employers Be Aware: Effective Today Maryland’s State-Wide Minimum Wage Increases to $8.75 Per Hour And Montgomery County Increases Its Minimum Wage To $10.75 Per Hour

Today, the statewide minimum wage in Maryland increased from $8.25 per hour to $8.75 per hour.  This represents a regularly-scheduled increase as part of the Maryland Minimum Wage Act of 2014 (the “Act”), which will increase the minimum wage in Maryland from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour by July 2018.  The next scheduled increase under … Continue Reading
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