Maryland’s Workplace Fraud Act of 2009 will go into effect on October 1, 2009. Under the new law, employers in the landscaping and construction industries that knowingly misclassify employees may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per misclassified employee. An employer that misclassifies an employee three or more times can be assessed an administrative penalty of up to $20,000 for each misclassified employee. Additionally, employers who fail to produce requested records may be subject to a fine of up to $500 per day for each day the records are not produced. Although the Act is limited to the landscaping and construction industries, employees in other industries can still seek damages for improper classification under the Fair Labor Standards Act.