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D.C.'s Ban on Non-Competes Takes Effect

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
November 10, 2022
(If you employ at least one employee who is working 50% of the time in D.C., read on.) Note:  This article updates our previous article on the D.C. Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020).  The implementation of the D.C. Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 w... Read more >
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Post-Nuptial Agreements Allow A Spouse to be Paid to Stay Married

By: Ferrier R. Stillman
November 8, 2022
Post-Nuptial Agreements are used by spouses to change their legal rights and responsibilities from either the terms of a Pre-Nuptial Agreement they already have or to modify the rights and responsibilities that they have under the law even without a Pre-Nuptial Agreement. Divorces often result fr... Read more >
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Updates on I-9 Processing

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
November 1, 2022
UPDATE - NOVEMBER, 2022: The Department of Homeland Security has further extended the flexibilities for compliance with the I-9 requirements described in the article below until July 31, 2023. June 29, 2022: As businesses try (again) to return to normal in these pandemic times, the federal govern... Read more >
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The MarylandSaves Program and its Impact on Employers

By: Caylee A. Henderson
September 27, 2022
A state-sponsored program requiring employers to offer employees the opportunity to invest in a retirement savings plan took effect statewide on September 15th.  This article explains the impact this program has on Maryland employers.  In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly enacted the ... Read more >
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Reasonable Accommodation of Applicants

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
July 26, 2022
An amendment to the Maryland Human Relations Act (MHRA) takes effect October 1, 2022, expressly requiring covered employers to provide reasonable accommodation to job applicants with disabilities unless doing so would cause an undue hardship on the operations of the employer.  This amendment... Read more >
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Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates: Litigation Update

January 14, 2022
Supreme Court Blocks the OSHA ETS; Upholds the CMS Mandate In a 6-3 opinion, the Supreme Court of the United States blocked the OSHA ETS, holding that although the Secretary of Labor, acting through OSHA, is empowered to set workplace safety standards, the Secretary is not entitled to enact ... Read more >
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Large Employers, Health Care Providers, and Federal Government Contractors - What Do the Federal COVID-19 Mandates Mean to You?

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones and Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
November 24, 2021
As we have reported since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it has created numerous and unprecedented requirements for employers to navigate.  Now, pursuant to OSHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”), President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 for federal go... Read more >
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UPDATE: D.C. Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
September 3, 2021
On April 1, 2021, we provided a summary of the D.C. Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Amendment Act of 2020 in our Non-Compete Round-Up.  As we pointed out, the D.C. Act is one of the most restrictive bans on non-compete agreements in the country.  Although we previously reported that the Act ... Read more >
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Maryland Employment Laws Taking Effect October 1, 2021

August 16, 2021
As Maryland employers continue to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland General Assembly passed several new bills this session that were recently signed into law, to take effect on October 1, 2021. These laws clarify and alter existing laws from 2020 and create new requirements... Read more >
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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 >