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Will Women At The Board Table Make Maryland More Competitive?

The state legislature is betting the answer for Maryland companies and nonprofits is “yes” and has modified the state’s tax law to require gender representation data to be reported by most companies and larger non-profits on annual business tax returns.  Citing a long list of corporate reports, the legislation concludes that the state has a…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth

What Is A Tenant’s Exclusive Use Clause?

One important consideration for landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations in Maryland is whether to demand a tenant’s exclusive use clause (if you are the tenant) or when to extend that right to your tenants (if you are a landlord). An exclusive use clause grants the tenant the right to prevent the landlord from…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri

Managing New Overtime Rules

Groups of workers just became eligible for overtime pay following the adoption of new regulations by the Department of Labor.  It is estimated that 1.4 million additional workers will now be in line to receive overtime compensation. Effective as of January 1, 2020, the base salary level at which administrative, executive and professional employees can…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Taking The Clearer Path With Administrative Subdivisions In Montgomery County

Some development project applicants in Montgomery County might be able to take advantage of streamlined “Administrative Subdivision” regulations. Administrative Subdivision allows smaller projects to proceed with less regulatory red tape than the traditional preliminary plan process required by the Montgomery County Subdivision Regulations. If the subdivision plan fits certain specific legal and engineering criteria, then…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri

When Should I Hire A Military Divorce Lawyer?

If you serve in the military or are married to a military service member, and you are contemplating a divorce, you are likely asking some difficult questions like whether or not you should hire a military divorce lawyer or when you need one. Our latest article series focuses on helping military families who are going…MORE

Author: Larry N. Burch

Creating Arbitration Agreements with Your Employees

Many employers routinely include mandatory arbitration agreements for resolving employment disputes with their employees. To the surprise of many employers, such clauses are often ruled invalid. To help assure that your agreement requiring arbitration of employment disputes is enforceable, be aware of the following factors: Consider using a separate, stand-alone agreement. Especially in the context of…MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

Want to Put Your Home on Airbnb? Read this first!

Are you thinking about offering your home as a short-term vacation rental?  Next to driving for Uber, short-term vacation rentals are the latest craze in side-hustles.  But before you clean out that extra bedroom and list your home on Airbnb or another online vacation rental website, you’d better make sure that you have the legal…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee

What To Look For In A Military Divorce Lawyer

Do military lawyers help with divorce? How long does a divorce take for someone in the military? If you’re in the military (or married to a military service member) and you are going through a divorce, you’re not alone, and you may be asking yourself questions like these. Divorce can be a difficult and painful…MORE

Author: Larry N. Burch

New FHA Guidelines Make It Easier To Get Financing To Purchase A Condo

The Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) released new guidelines for its project approval process for condominiums, which will go into effect on October 15, 2019.  These new guidelines are meant to streamline the process and make it easier for certain credit-worthy homebuyers to obtain FHA financing. Currently, for a homebuyer to be eligible for an FHA-insured…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee