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What Taxpayers Need to Know About the Increased Child Tax Credit in 2021

By: Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
June 17, 2021
The American Rescue Plan Act (the “ARPA”) of 2021 recently increased the amount taxpayers can receive for the Child Tax Credit.  For a taxpayer’s 2021 tax returns, the amount was increased by $1,000 (from $2,000 to $3,000) for children between the age of 6 and 18 at the end of the 2021 ca... Read more >
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Non-Compete Laws Round-Up

By: Cori B. Schreider
April 1, 2021
Employers have used non-compete agreements, or restrictive covenants, to prohibit their employees from working for a competitor within a certain time period after leaving their job.  In recent years, a handful of states have passed laws partially banning these agreements. Most recently, D.C.... Read more >
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ARPA Tax Credit Provisions Impact Employee Leave and COBRA Coverage

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones and Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
March 31, 2021
This information has been updated with DOL resources. The American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”), which was enacted on March 11, 2021, includes provisions for employee paid sick and family leave, and assistance with payment of COBRA premiums for the continuation of health coverage, the costs of wh... Read more >
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Making the COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory in the Workplace

By: Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
February 2, 2021
As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available to the public, many employers are considering whether it is legally possible – or prudent – to require employees to receive such vaccines when they become available.  The short answer is: it depends.  Consequently, before employers ... Read more >
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FFCRA Leave Expires; Payroll Tax Credits Available Until March 31, 2021

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
January 4, 2021
The paid leave requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ended on December 31, 2020.  As a reminder, these leave requirements had two components:  (1) up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave, which could be used by an employee who was unable to work for any of... Read more >
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New Orders Limiting Travel and Authorizing Testing and Self-Quarantine of Travelers into Maryland Could Require Employers to Provide Paid Leave Under the FFCRA

By: Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
December 22, 2020
On December 17, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan signed an Executive Order requiring all Marylanders to limit travel to essential purposes and requiring all Marylanders who travel outside of Maryland, or any individual who travels to Maryland, to follow the travel orders issued by the Secretary of Health.... Read more >
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Eliminating the Cliff: Maryland's New Child Support Guidelines

By: Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
October 30, 2020
One of the factors considered when determining how much child support one parent should pay the other is the number of overnights the child spends with each parent.  Before October 1, 2020, if a child spent less 35% of the overnights (or 128 overnights per year) with one parent, then the other ... Read more >
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Five New Maryland Laws Take Effect October 1, 2020

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
August 31, 2020
It has been a year of many difficult adjustments for all Maryland employers.  A few more changes lie ahead, as new employment (and related) laws take effect October 1, 2020. The new laws include human relations protections, hate crime symbols, prohibitions on wage history inquiries, business... Read more >