News & Insights


Veto Override: New "Ban the Box" Legislation Takes Effect February 29, 2020

By: Melissa Calhoon Jones
February 24, 2020
On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Hogan’s veto of a 2019 bill prohibiting Maryland employers with 15 or more full-time employees from making criminal history inquiries before the first in-person interview.  This new law will take effect on February ... Read more >

Proposed Family Law Bills in the 2020 Session of the General Assembly

By: Ferrier R. Stillman and Kerianne P. Kemmerzell
February 5, 2020
Two bills, which affect child support, divorcing couples, and the practice of family law, will be considered in the 2020 Session of the Maryland General Assembly. The first bill, if passed, would authorize the court to grant a divorce on the grounds of “separation of affection” if the parties... Read more >

Should They Stay or Should They Go?

By: Danielle H. Russell
January 17, 2020
The New Requirements for Involuntary Discharges in Maryland Skilled Nursing Facilities. Beginning October 1, 2019, nursing facilities in Maryland have been subject to additional statutory requirements and restrictions on the involuntary discharge of a resident.  Non-compliance with these req... Read more >

New Overtime Rules Go Into Effect January 1, 2020 - Is Your Business Ready?

By: Marissa K. Lilja and Melissa Calhoon Jones
January 3, 2020
For the first time since 2004, the Department of Labor (DOL) has adjusted the minimum salary thresholds for various overtime exemptions.  Employers should mark their calendars because starting January 1, 2020, the salary thresholds for an “exempt” employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act... Read more >

Year End Tax Planning

By: Brian A. Balenson
November 15, 2019
With less than two months before 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to review your year-end tax plans.  Here are some tax planning strategies to consider to reduce your tax bill: Accelerate Deductions:  If you itemize deductions, you have some flexibility and can shift some to 2019, ... Read more >

New Laws Affect Child Support Payments and Estate Inheritances

By: Ferrier R. Stillman, Kerianne P. Kemmerzell, and Brian A. Balenson
November 10, 2019
In the 2019 session, the Maryland legislature passed a law affecting child support payments and another law governing estate distributions. These statutes impact divorcing couples and the practice of family law. Beginning October 1, 2020, if a married person does not have a will in effect at th... Read more >

Annual Estate Planning Review

By: Brian A. Balenson and L. Stephen Hess
November 1, 2019
During the cold and snowy days of winter is a good time to think about your loved ones and any uncompleted health, financial, or estate planning items that need to be finished.  The Tydings’ estate planning group is here to assist you with your estate planning needs.  Feel free to call u... Read more >

Maryland Medical Marijuana Patients and their Right to Bear Arms

By: Emelia N. Hall
November 1, 2019
Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states (including Maryland) and the District of Columbia, but remains illegal under federal law.  Can your right to treat your ailment with medical marijuana under state law infringe on your constitutional right to bear arms?  In Maryland—absolutely.&nbsp... Read more >