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COVID-19: Force Majeure Clauses and What They Mean to You

By: Lauren Ellison Poster
April 24, 2020
As businesses strive to stay afloat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses are looking to existing contractual obligations to determine how and when they will be required to perform, and what they will be on the hook for in the event they are unable to do so. Force majeure clauses... Read more >

COVID-19: What Borrowers Need to do after Receiving PPP Loan Proceeds

By: Emerson L. Dorsey and Barry Weiskopf
April 16, 2020
With many Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) borrowers having received their loan proceeds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”), or receiving them soon, what should borrowers do after receiving their loan? Spend the Loan Proceeds on Permissible Items... Read more >

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: 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 >