Effective January 1, 2015 the Maryland minimum wage increased to $8.00 per hour. On July 1, 2015, it will increase to $8.25 per hour; the second in a series of increases for employees.
Employers in Maryland must display the current minimum wage posting in each year that the rate changes.
The Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law sets forth the rights by which employees receive wages. The law states when and how often employees must be paid, general guidelines for making wage deductions, which actions are prohibited and how employees may enforce their rights.
The Maryland Wage and Hour Law concerns minimum wage and overtime. The law specifies which categories of employers and employees are exempt, and provides enforcement powers and remedies. The Maryland Wage and Hour Law is similar to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but contains some important differences. In every case, workers and employers are advised to contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, at 410-962-6211, to assure compliance under the federal law. Where either state or federal law is more stringent, the higher standard applies.
- In the case of both Maryland laws, the age of a minor or the immigration status of an alien have no bearing on a worker’s rights to receive earned wages which each provide.
- Federal, state and local governments are exempt from the provisions of both the Wage Payment and Collection Law and the Wage and Hour Law, but they must comply with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Maryland Minimum Wage and Minimum Overtime Law
The updated minimum wage poster for Maryland can be found at the following link:
Maryland Labor Licensing and Regulation Quick Links
If you are an employer who needs information regarding Maryland Employment Laws, the links below provide copies of Maryland laws and helpful information about the applicability of those laws. They also provide access to fact sheets and posters that may be of assistance. (Source: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation)
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