This past legislative session, House Bill 78, Discrimination in Employment – Reasonable Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities, passed both chambers of the legislature and became law on May 12, 2022. At this signing event, Governor Larry Hogan signed several bills into law, those of which (like HB78) have the potential to significantly impact your hiring practices. See our previous article Update from Annapolis – Proposed Legislation Impacting Your Hiring Practices for a more in-depth analysis of HB 78.
The passage of House Bill 78, along with its impact on hiring practices, are deserving of much attention from Maryland employers. The passage may forebode future alterations and regulations in hiring practices, of which employers must remain aware. Until the next session, it is always recommended to revisit your existing hiring practices to maintain compliance with existing law and to be prepared for any future changes in law.
House Bill 78 takes effect October 1, 2022.
Adam E. Konstas is a Member with PK Law. He represents local school boards, superintendents, private schools, colleges, and private sector employers before federal and state courts as well as federal and state administrative agencies on a variety of matters, including employment discrimination claims, employee (and student) discipline, labor relations, and wage/hour claims. Mr. Konstas also advises clients on the design and implementation of policies and procedures regarding employee (and student) relations, employee handbooks, hiring and termination procedures, as well as school system-wide policy issues including the use of online instructional tools and cloud computing, student data privacy, anti-discrimination. Mr. Konstas is well versed in the burgeoning website accessibility area of law and has successfully resolved a number of matters involving website accessibility. He can be reached at 410-339-5786 and email@example.com.
Adam received research and writing assistance for this article from PK Law Intern Colin Tiffany. Colin is Senior at Westminster High School in Carroll County, Maryland.