Maryland’s Wage Payment and Collection Law requires that employers pay wages to employees at set pay periods and at least every other week or twice a month (for non- administrative, executive, or professional employees). As of October 1, 2010, the law will add overtime pay to the definition of “wages”. An employee may seek repayment of the wages in court or, as of October 1st, if under $3,000.00, through the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. If the employer has withheld the wages unlawfully, the employer can be ordered to pay up to 3 times the wages as well as the employee’s attorney’s fees and costs. Now that “wages” includes overtime pay, employers could risk a considerable judgment if those wages are withheld improperly. The changes to the law take effect on October 1, 2010 and can be found in House Bill 214 and 404.