Maryland Hours of Work laws & compensation compliance analysis

Maryland Hours of Work: What you need to know

Hours of work in Maryland is the time that an employee is required by the employer to be on the employer's premises, on duty, or at a prescribed workplace. Meal periods are included in computing hours of work if the employee is required to perform any duties during the meal period. Travel time is included in computing hours of work if the employee:
• Travels during regular work hours;
• Travels from one worksite to another; or
• Is called out after work hours in emergency situations.
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Maryland law places limitations on hours that may be worked by employees under the age of 18.
Employees manufacturing cotton or woolen yarns, fabrics, or domestics may not be employed for more than 10 hours in a day except during repair, improvement, firing up, and readying of machinery.
Employees in tobacco warehouses in the city of Baltimore are limited to working hours from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone and telegraph operators handling train movements under a “block system” may not be employed for more than 8 hours in a day, except when fewer than 9 passengers and 20 freight trains pass each way in a usual 24-hour period.
For agricultural workers, overtime may be computed for any hours over 60 in a week, as long as the employees are exempt from the federal overtime laws (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-420).
For employees of bowling alleys, overtime may be computed for any hours over 48 in a week (MD Code Lab. and Empl. Sec. 3-420).
For employees of institutions that are not hospitals, but are ...

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