David M. Stevens

David M. Stevens

PARTNER
dstevens@wtplaw.com
BALTIMORE
T: 443.263.8250
F: 410.223.4175



Mr. Stevens is based in the firm’s Baltimore office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment section.  He handles cases involving labor and employment litigation, EEO/discrimination cases, HR issues including employee handbooks, non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, and wage and benefits claims.  Mr. Stevens has also represented employers in connection with union organizing campaigns and in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Recognition

  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star, " 2013 - present
 

Memberships & Activities

  • Member: Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member: American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member: Employers Counsel Network 
  • Member: Lexwork Americas
  • Employers Counsel Network

Labor & Employment

  • Advice and counsel to public and private employers on all phases of the employment relationship to ensure compliance with applicable laws and avoid costly litigation
  • Advice to employers concerning wages, terminations, terms and conditions of employment
  • Representing employers before state and federal administrative agencies
 

Labor & Employment Litigation

  • Representation of employers in state and federal courts in matters involving wage and hour law, discrimination, and employee torts, including claims under Title VII, FLSA, and FMLA
  • Representation of employers in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
 

EEO/Discrimination Claim Representation

  • Representation of employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Maryland Commission on Civil Rights and in related litigation
 

Human Resource Management Advice

  • Creation and implementation of employee handbooks
  • Creation and implementation of workplace policies and procedures
  • Implementation of HR strategies and procedures for avoidance of claims
 

Labor-Management Relations

  • Representation of employers in connection with union organizing campaigns
  • Representation of employers in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board
 

Non-Competition Litigation and Counsel

  • Drafting of non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements
  • Representation of employers in judicial proceedings for enforcement of non-competition agreements
 

Wage and Hour/Wage Payment Law

  • Representation of employers in connection with individual and collective actions under Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Representation of employers in state and federal courts in connection with wage and benefit claims
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

Co-Editor, Maryland Employment Law Letter

Author, “Federal court offers lessons on FLSA damages for Maryland employers,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, August 2016

Author, “Maryland court throws out negative reference allegations against Johns Hopkins,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, June 2016

Author, “Court clarifies rule for determining when successor is liable for wages owed by predecessor,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, April 2016

Author, “Court rejects nurse’s FMLA interference and retaliation claims,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, February 2016

Author, “Court sheds light on application of for-cause termination provisions,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, February 2016

Author, “EEOC lawsuit highlights under the radar federal statute,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, January 2016

Author, “NLRB decision highlights hidden risk in confidentiality agreements,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, December 2015

Presenter, FMLA Master Class, BLR – Business & Legal Resources, November 2015

Author, “Court: EEOC should have known case was doomed, must pay employer’s legal fees,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, October 2015

Author, “DOL issues guidance on distinguishing employees from independent contractors,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, August 2015

Presenter, FMLA Master Class, BLR – Business & Legal Resources, March 2015

Presenter, ADA Master Class, BLR – Business & Legal Resources, March 2015

Author, “Maryland Legislature creates new procedure for employees pursuing wage claims,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, October 2013

Author, “Legislature passes bill prohibiting social media password requests,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, May 2012

Author, “Maryland Court of Appeals clarifies scope of wrongful discharge,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, September 2011

Presenter, FMLA Master Class, BLR – Business & Legal Resources, March 2011

Author, “Timely reminder: Failing to pay wages can have personal consequences,” Maryland Employment Law Letter, October 2009

Author, “Noteworthy Recent Decisions of the NLRB," Maryland State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section Newsletter, Summer 2008

ARTICLES

5 Questions Employers Should Ask Every Year (A Webinar)

On January 23, David Stevens and Katelyn Brady presented a webinar addressing the five HR issues that are frequent stumbling blocks for employers seeking to maintain compliance and avoid costly litigation.

Paid Sick Leave Law Set to Take Effect

In the opening days of the 2018 legislative session, Maryland’s General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the paid sick leave bill passed in 2017.  Use of the veto override procedure meant that the law would take effect only 30 days after it was enacted, meaning that the law will become effective on February 11, 2018.  During the final days before the law’s effective date, the General Assembly considered a bill to delay its effective date to July 1st, but the legislation appears unlikely to pass in the House of Delegates.  As a result, mandatory sick leave will shortly become a reality in Maryland.


Maryland General Assembly Overrides Governor's Veto: Paid Sick Leave Law To Take Effect in February

Following nearly a year of speculation, the Maryland General Assembly has voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the paid sick leave bill passed by the General Assembly near the close of last year’s legislative session.  The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB 1/SB230) will now take effect in thirty days absent further action by the General Assembly to provide additional time to prepare for its implementation, and will have significant implications for Maryland employers. 


Maryland Legislature Creates New Procedure for Employees Pursuing Wage Claims

During the most recent legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted legislation that creates an entirely new procedure by which employees who believe they are due unpaid wages can seek to obtain a lien against their employer for the wage amount.  Most significantly, the procedure allows for the entry of a lien prior to a full adjudication in which the employee is obligated to demonstrate the merits of the wage claim.  This article examines the new statute, which takes effect October 1, 2013. 


D.C. Circuit Nixes NLRB Posting Requirement

In a long-awaited decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s mandate that all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act post a notice of employee rights under the law.  This article examines the controversy surrounding the Board’s unprecedented posting requirement and the impact of the D.C. Circuit’s decision.


Court Order Indefinitely Delays Implementation of NLRB Notice Posting Requirement

In the latest development of the ongoing drama surrounding the National Labor Relations Board’s mandate that all employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act must post a notice of employee rights under the law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has issued an order staying implementation of the posting requirement, which had been set to take effect on April 30, 2012.  This article examines the controversy surrounding the posting requirement and the impact of the D.C. Circuit’s decision. 


Maryland Legislature Passes Bill Prohibiting Employers from Requesting Social Media Passwords

During the recently completed legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly became the first state legislature in the country to pass legislation prohibiting employers from requesting access to employees’ and job applicants’ personal computer accounts, most notably Facebook and other social media accounts.  This article examines the effects the law will have on how Maryland employers handle hiring decisions and internal investigations.


NLRB Adopts Final Rule Implementing Some, But Not All, Proposed Regulations

On December 21, the NLRB adopted a final rule implementing certain changes to the procedures governing union elections.  While the NLRB has chosen to forego implementation of some of the more controversial proposed rules that had previously been announced, the changes included in the final rule will nevertheless have significant consequences for employers who may be targeted for organizing.  This article examines the Board’s final rule and its potential impact for employers. 


NLRB Again Delays Effective Date of Notice Posting Requirement

Last August, the National Labor Relations Board issued a regulation requiring that all employers subject to the National Labor Relations Act post a notice advising employees of their right to form unions and engage in other activities protected by the Act.  The effective date of the posting requirement was originally set for November 2011, but was later pushed back to January 31, 2012.  The NLRB has now further delayed the implementation date to April 30. 


NLRB Delays Effective Date of Notice Posting Requirement

In the Fall 2011 issue of the Labor & Employment Newsletter, we reported on a rule adopted by the National Labor Relations Board that will require employers to post a written notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect November 14, 2011. This Alert is to inform you that the NLRB has now postponed the implementation date of the posting requirement to January 31, 2012.


Maryland Court of Appeals Clarifies Scope of Wrongful Discharge Tort

Maryland courts have long recognized a common law right of action for employees who allege that they were terminated in violation of a public policy.  While the parameters of this cause of action defy easy explanation, the Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Parks v. Alpharma, Inc., sheds some light on just what constitutes the sort of public policy that will support a wrongful discharge claim.  This article takes a closer look at the wrongful discharge tort and the Court of Appeals’ most recent attempt to clarify its reach. 


New Credit Check Restrictions for Maryland Employers Take Effect October 1st

During its 2011 legislative session, the Maryland Legislature passed the Job Applicant Fairness Act, which was signed into law by Governor O’Malley on April 12.  The law imposes significant restrictions on the ability of employers to perform credit checks on job applicants and employees.  This article examines the details of the new law, and the likely effects for employers.


NLRB Issues Final Rule Requiring Employers to Post Workplace Notice of Employee Rights

On August 30, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board issued a final rule that will require covered employers to post and disseminate a notice to employees summarizing the rights protected by the National Labor Relations Act.  This article addresses the immediate issues raised by the new requirement, as well as the broader concerns it raises for employers going forward. 


EVENTS

Webinar: 5 Questions Employers Should Ask Every Year

This one hour webinar will address five HR issues that are frequent stumbling blocks for employers seeking to maintain compliance and avoid costly litigation, with the last 10 minutes reserved for Q & A. 

NEWS

Fifty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 54 of its Maryland-based attorneys are listed among the 2014 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars” and the three partners who received special recognition -- Edward Buxbaum and Dwight Stone in the Top 100, and Mary Claire Chesshire in the Top 50 Women.


Sixty-Four Whiteford Attorneys Named Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia

Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is pleased to announce that 64 of its attorneys are listed among the 2013 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in three states.

The firm is particularly proud of the young lawyers who are recognized as “Rising Stars”; the four partners who are listed in the Top 100 in Maryland – Edward Buxbaum, Edwin Fee, William Ryan, and Dwight Stone; and the 16 who are named for the first time this year.