Annapolis, Maryland (March 8, 2016) – Today Jonathan C. Puth of Correia & Puth, PLLC testified in support of the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, House Bill 872. Mr. Puth testified on behalf of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA) before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee. Mr. Puth is the Immediate Past President of MWELA, an association of over 350 attorneys dedicated to the representation of employees.
The Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law would bring Maryland law in line with other statutory employment protections from retaliation and help encourage the informal resolution of workplace disputes. In support of the legislation, Jonathan C. Puth testified:
“Our Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law is particularly important for low wage employees who may be vulnerable to exploitation when their long hours of labor are not compensated at the agreed-upon rate. Without an effective anti-retaliation provision, however, the promises of our law may become illusory. HB 872 will supply a much-needed protection by allowing targets of wage theft to raise their concerns about not being paid the promised wage, and will provide the employers with incentives to fix the problem instead of firing the employee.
Maryland employees deserve to be paid the wages that they earn. With the effective protections afforded by HB 872, that long-standing promise of the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection will become better fulfilled.”
Read Mr. Puth’s full testimony here.