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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 >
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COVID-19: SBA Releases Guidance for PPP Flexibility Act

By: Emerson L. Dorsey
June 22, 2020
The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and the Department of the Treasury released guidance on June 11, 2020 in the form of “Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) – Revisions to First Interim Final Rule” with subsequent revisions through June 19, 2020 (collectively, the “Revised Rul... Read more >
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COVID-19: PPP Flexibility Act of 2020 Eases PPP Burdens

By: Emerson L. Dorsey
June 8, 2020
The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (the “Flexibility Act”) became law on June 5, 2020, as an attempt to ease some of the burdens placed on businesses that received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) enacted in March as part of the CARES Act.&n... Read more >