Laura   Rubenstein
Principal

Contact

Phone: 410.209.6433
Fax: 410.209.6435
Mailing: 300 E. Lombard Street ,
Suite 2010 , Baltimore , MD   21202
Linkedin: Laura Rubenstein

Practice Focus

Laura Rubenstein is the Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. As an employment lawyer, she concentrates in general employment litigation, representing corporate clients and nonprofit agencies in a wide range of matters. These matters include the defense of federal, state and local discrimination claims, workplace and sexual harassment charges, ADA and ADEA claims, wage and hour issues, FMLA disputes, employment contracts, restrictive covenant agreements, general contract claims, employment-related and other business tort claims around the country.  She represents clients before numerous local, state, and federal administrative agencies and courts across the nation, as well as in arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Mrs. Rubenstein also provides ongoing employment advice to businesses and organizations to implement effective employment manuals, policies and procedures. She conducts on-site management and supervisor training to help companies limit their liability. Mrs. Rubenstein frequently performs sensitive and discrete investigations related to claims and charges filed against high level company officials.

Mrs. Rubenstein represents government contractors in employment matters. She has successfully handled Department of Labor, OFCCP, and other federal agency investigations and subsequent charges related to I-9s, Affirmative Action Plans, and FLSA wage and hour audits under the Service Contract Act, Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act, and AbilityOne (NISH) and other federal acts. Mrs. Rubenstein is a certified mediator.

Points of Distinction

  • Mrs. Rubenstein has received the highest professional (AV) rating from her peers, as recorded by Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Mrs. Rubenstein has been named a Maryland Super Lawyer in 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters
  • Baltimore SmartCEO Power Player (September 2014 edition) – Mrs. Rubenstein was named as the region's most enterprising attorney based on her leadership, accomplishment, innovation and success.
  • Washington SmartCEO 2010 Legal Elite (December 2010 edition) – Mrs. Rubenstein was named as one of the “go-to attorneys" for labor and employment advice based on a poll of the readers.
  • Baltimore SmartCEO 2009-2011 Legal Elite (November 2011 edition) – Mrs. Rubenstein was named as one of the "go-to attorneys" for labor and employment advice based on a poll of the readers.

Speeches

As a labor and employment lawyer, Mrs. Rubenstein has authored several articles on labor and employment matters and has lectured on a number of related topics. This includes topics such as interviewing and hiring, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Maryland wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, discipline and discharge and workplace harassment investigations. Mrs. Rubenstein lectures regularly on various employment law topics for Maryland Works, an organization that advocates and promotes employment and economic opportunities for individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment, and The Beacon Institute, the education arm of Lifespan, a regional association serving those who own and run facilities for seniors. Mrs. Rubenstein provides a Q&A blog for Offit Kurman and gives seminars and in-house training sessions for executives and management.

Events

Articles

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law
  • B.A., University of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • All courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia

Activities

  • Active executive board member of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Baltimore
  • Serves as a member of Chimes' Human Rights Advisory Standing Committee
  • Past president of the Maryland Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA)

Videos

Downloadable Offers

Posts

"Have “The Talk” With Your Employees"

Have “The Talk” With Your Employees Fall 2016 is a busy time of year for most employers, so I’ll make…

"Why Companies Should Be Concerned About the EEOC and Its Ever-Growing Reach Into Your Business – Part 1"

This article is the first installment in a series adapted from our March 15th, 2016 Legal Lunch with Laura presentation:…

"Be Confident When Enforcing Workplace Drug Testing"

One of the primary dangers surrounding drug use in the workplace is that impairment is rarely an unequivocal fact. An…

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"Can My Employees Smoke Legalized Marijuana on a Work Break?"

By Laura L. Rubenstein, Esq. and James Randisi This article is the first installment in a three-part series adapted from our…

"4 Unpredictable Intersections Between Family Law and Employment Law"

This article stems from my September 15th, 2015 Legal Lunch with Laura presentation: “Do Employee ‘Perks’ Count as Wages?” I…

"Could Your Employees’ Perks Count As Wages?"

In the process of representing a spouse in a divorce case, a family law attorney will typically discover information about…

"5 Tips For Drafting a Legal Social Media Policy"

Can an employer terminate an employee for maintaining a vulgar and sexually explicit personal Facebook page? Before you decide your…

"When Can An Employer Take Action on the Basis of an Employee’s Social Media Activity?"

The NLRB’s General Counsel Provides Guidance What differentiates a bellyaching Facebook status from protected speech for the purposes of legally…

"Why Is the NLRB So Interested in Social Media?"

When the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was enacted in 1935, Congress could not have anticipated the eventual influence on…

"Feds Propose Update to Double Minimum Salary Requirements for White Collar Workers"

On June 30, 2015, the Wage and Hour Division of the federal Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules and…

"The 4 Most Common Employee Theft Schemes and How to Protect Against Them"

When it comes to large-scale employee theft, fraud examiners commonly encounter four major types of fraud schemes: billing, check tampering,…

"Surprising Facts About Employee Theft"

When it comes to occupational fraud (i.e., employee theft), there are generally three primary categories: asset misappropriation (i.e. theft of…

"Why Companies Need to Know the “10-10-80” Rule"

Fraud prevention experts have developed what is known as the 10-10-80 Rule which means that 10% of employees will never…

"The Top 5 Difficult Workplace Personalities and How to Manage Them"

Difficult workplace personalities are not just nuisances, they are detrimental to employee productivity, morale, and—in some cases—health and safety. When…

"Navigating the Office Party"

It may seem like common sense, but your holiday office party (or your significant other’s office party) is not a…

"How a Facebook “Like” Can Affect Your Job and Other Legal Workplace Developments"

This article is the third and final part in a series adapted from my September 16, 2014 Legal Lunch with…

"How Recent Supreme Court and Other Legal Decisions Impact Your Workplace: Hobby Lobby, NLRB, and Ball State"

This article is the second part in a series adapted from my September 16th Legal Lunch with Laura presentation: “Discussion…

"Is Termination Lawful After Resignation?"

Q:    We have a long-term custodian at our organization who tendered his resignation a few months ago indicating his…

"Three New Maryland Laws Effective October 1, 2014"

This article is the first part in a series adapted from my September 16th Legal Lunch with Laura webinar presentation:…

"Psychiatric Illness in the Workplace: a Guide for HR (Part 2)"

This article is the second part in a series adapted from my July 15th Legal Lunch with Laura presentation: “Analysis…

"Psychiatric Illness in the Workplace: a Guide for HR (Part 1)"

This article is adapted from my July 15th Legal Lunch with Laura presentation: “Analysis of Common Psychiatric Illnesses and Assessment…

"Motivating Your Workforce, Part III: Becoming a “Best Place to Work”"

This is part III in a three-part series adapted from my recent Legal Lunch with Laura presentation, “Motivating Your Workforce:…

"Motivating Your Workforce, Part II: What Motivates Employees?"

This is part II in a three-part series adapted from my recent Legal Lunch presentation, “Motivating Your Workforce: Simple Ideas…

"New Minimum Wage Law Signed In Maryland"

On May 5, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley signed a law to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $10.10 an…

"Labor & Employment ALERT – Equal Pay Day And Obama’s Executive Orders"

By: Laura L. Rubenstein, Esq April 8th was designated as Equal Pay Day and President Obama used the occasion to…

"Legal Q&A With Laura- 3.14.14"

QUESTION What options do employers have if they can’t accommodate an employee’s request for intermittent leave under the FMLA? ANSWER…

"Legal Q&A With Laura- 3.12.14"

QUESTION Can I ask my employees to waive coverage under the company’s workers’ compensation policy if they become injured on…

"Legal Q&A with Laura – 9.2.13"

QUESTION I regularly notice certain employees carrying prayer mats or wearing religious clothing to work, should I inquire if they…

"Legal Q&A with Laura – 8.26.13"

QUESTION My company usually hires fall interns who work without compensation. Does the law still allow this? ANSWER The Fair…

"Labor & Employment Law FAQs: Do I Pay Departing Employees Accrued Vacation?"

As an employer, it is always better to err on the side of caution when dealing with employees. After all,…

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