A recent ruling from the Maryland high court found that the state’s lower courts were incorrect when ruling that construction workers in multiple court cases were not owed pay for time spent on company shuttles from the parking lot to the job site. The high court ruled that the lower courts incorrectly sided with the construction companies since the federal Portal to Portal Act (which the lower court ruling was based on) is not explicitly referenced in the state’s wage laws to strike down the workers’ wage claims.
The high court ruling could end up costing companies with employees within the state of Maryland dearly in back wages and increased cost for Maryland-based employers.
UHY will continue to monitor this and provide updates as new information is released. If you have any questions about how this affects you, please reach out to a your UHY professional or fill out the form to the right to connect with a professional in our Maryland offices.