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Joyce Smithey, a seasoned employment and labor law attorney, has over 22 years of experience representing both employers and employees in Maryland and D.C. Her practice, rooted in a deep understanding of employment law, spans administrative hearings to federal litigation. Joyce's approach is comprehensive, focusing on protecting client interests while ensuring legal compliance. A Harvard graduate, her career began in Fortune 500 companies, transitioning to law after a degree from Boston University School of Law. Joyce's expertise is recognized by numerous awards, including Maryland’s Top 100 Women. At Smithey Law Group LLC, which she founded in 2018, Joyce continues to champion employment rights, drawing on her rich background in law and business.

What You Should Know About Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources

Artificial intelligence (“AI”) is in the workplace. Employers are implementing artificial intelligence in human resources (“HR”) departments worldwide to help find applicants, implement training, and communicate with staff.  Using artificial intelligence in HR without adequately vetting the AI may bring...

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Can I Be Fired for Filing a Complaint?

If your employer engages in discriminatory behavior, you have a right to complain. You also have a right to protection from workplace retaliation. Your employer cannot fire you for filing a discrimination or harassment complaint.  As simple as this statement...

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Equal Pay Act: Maryland Guide for Both Employers and Employees

For some time, workers have sought equal pay for equal work. However, despite advancements in anti-discrimination laws, the female-to-male earnings ratio is 83%. This means that a female employee earns only about 83 cents for every dollar a male worker...

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EEOC Guidance Updates About COVID-19 Testing

On July 12, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its guidance on COVID-19 testing and other issues related to COVID-19 and the workplace. These updates also covered the extent of necessary reasonable accommodations under prior guidance and parameters...

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Getting to Know Mandatory Employee Vaccines

Whether you are an employer wondering whether you can mandate that your employees receive a COVID-19 shot or you are an employee wondering if you have to take it, mandatory employee vaccines are a big topic. Workplaces are grappling with...

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Tips for Adopting Solid Workplace Flexibility

August 30, 2022 How setting clear expectations around workplace safety, remote work, and paid leave is the key to emerging strong from the pandemic. By Joyce Smithey and Lauren Agresti More than ever before, knowledge workers are expressing a desire...

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What You Should Know About Maryland’s Newly Passed Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Maryland legislators recently passed the monumental Time to Care Act of 2022. The law establishes a statewide Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FAMLI) Program, out of which eligible employees can request leave and receive benefits. In the past, employees depended...

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Gender Pay Gap: Know the Facts

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t just change the way we think about work. It spurred declines in women’s labor participation rates to levels not seen since 1987, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report.  In the age of #METOO, progressive...

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Employer Obligations for Employee Absence Management

For some companies, employee absenteeism may not seem like much of an issue. Sure, there might be a tardiness issue. Perhaps there’s a team member who’s a bit of a straggler. There’s Jim from accounting, who has worked for the...

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Know The Difference Between Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment

We all remember the taunts of the schoolyard bully. And certainly, we would all like to forget them! It seems some people simply cannot leave their bullying on the schoolyard. Sometimes, it’s a manager who engages in persistent workplace bullying...

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