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Telecommuting As An Accommodation

Consider the situation faced by an employer that does not, typically, allow employees to work remotely.  Then consider what happens when an employee with pregnancy related complications is instructed by her physician to go on bedrest for the remaining three months of her pregnancy.  Moreover, the employee lacks sufficient PTO to cover the anticipated leave….MORE

Author: Ronald E. Lyons

You May Be In Violation of Consumer Protection Laws if Your Contract Disclosures Are Not Kept Updated

Most developers and builders of homes in residential subdivisions and condominiums know they must provide purchasers with certain disclosures at the time of contract and they prepare such disclosures for their initial sales. But many forget to update or amend their disclosures as the development progresses and information in the initially prepared disclosures changes over…MORE

Author: Judyann M. Lee

Employer Reporting of Sexual Harassment in Maryland

The new Maryland employer survey for reporting sexual harassment settlements is now open on the website of the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR). Context Maryland was one of the 32 state legislatures to consider #MeToo legislation in the 2017-2018 legislative cycle. Across the country, approaches to addressing workplace harassment include restricting confidentiality agreements, restricting…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth

How do I appeal a Planning Board decision?

Final decisions made by the Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission can be appealed within a specific statutory timeframe to the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The Maryland Rules set specific timelines for an appellant in ordering transcripts, issuing notices, and preparing written memoranda to argue your case.  The…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri

What the heck is Intellectual Property anyway?

You have probably heard that you need to protect your intellectual property but what does that mean?   Here is a short guide of the different types of intellectual property and how to protect them. Copyright.  A copyright protects your rights when you create something in a way that can be copied and shared –…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino

How do I add an Accessory Apartment to my home?

Montgomery County Council adopted new and revised Zoning Ordinance regulations making it easier to secure permits for an accessory apartment unit for most agriculturally or residentially zoned properties. Under the revised County Zoning Ordinance, homeowners who previously would have been subject to a conditional use process to secure “Attached Accessory Apartment” or “Detached Accessory Apartment”…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri

Attention Maryland Home Builders–New Maryland Legislation

The following are some of the many new laws that will go into effect in Maryland on October 1, 2018, which are of interest to home builders in Maryland. Chapter 778 (House Bill 239) – Prince George’s County – Sales of Residential Real Property – Community Amenities – Advertising.  This legislation requires home builders in…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

What Does Lodestar Mean?

Much is being made of the use of the so-called “archaic” word “Lodestar”, a 14th century word used by an anonymous op-ed penned by an anonymous White House official critical of the President, according to the Washington Post. The word lodestar is not a mystery to lawyers, however.   As recently explained by the Court…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri