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MARYLAND: Payroll law update, July-Dec. 2011

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Income tax withholding. Beginning Oct. 1, 2011, the threshold for filing Forms W-2 and 1099 in machine-readable form or electronically decreases to employers filing 25 or more statements (formerly employers filing 100 or more statements). (Ch. 161, L. 2011)

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, employers must notify employees of their possible eligibility for the federal and Maryland earned income tax credits. Notices must be provided annually; the first notice is due by Dec. 31, 2012. Notice may be provided on paper or electronically. Notice may be provided to all em­­ployees or only to employees whose wages are less than or equal to the credit’s maximum income eligibility. Employees will not be able to sue employers that fail to provide this notice. (Ch. 352, L. 2011)

Minimum wages. Beginning Oct. 1, 2011, an agreement to work for less than the minimum wage is void. (Ch. 118, L. 2011)

Beginning Oct. 1, 2011, employers can’t discharge, demote, threaten an employee with discharge or demotion or take any other retaliatory action against employees who make oral or written wage-and-hour complaints or who participate in a wage-and-hour investigation. (Ch. 495, L. 2011)

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