Yearly Archives: 2016

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Employer FAQs regarding Montgomery County’s “Earned Sick and Safe Leave”

Are you an employer? Do you conduct business in Montgomery County or do your employees perform services there? Are any of these employees excluded from your company’s leave policies? If so, a new Montgomery County law means that you likely have to change your practices. Montgomery County enacted a new “Earned Sick and Safe Leave…READ MORE

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Employers Beware: The Price of Not Knowing about the Current Minimum Wage and Overtime Laws

We have written often about the pitfalls presented by wage and overtime laws, and how those laws carry severe monetary consequences for employers. Policy makers have targeted “wage theft” with these regimes, but all too often well-meaning companies are punished for systematic failures. We have seen a rash of actions taken against responsible employers who…READ MORE


Court Finds Dancers are Employees, Not Independent Contractors

In May 2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that two Maryland exotic dance clubs misclassified their dancers as independent contractors rather than employees. The dancers sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Maryland wage and hour laws for unpaid wages and liquidated damages. The Court found that the facts presented suggested that exotic dancers are employees. According to the…READ MORE


Required Updates to Your Partnership and Operating Agreements

Few of us still remember the acronym “TEFRA.”  It stands for the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.  TEFRA focused on standardizing audit procedures and closing tax loopholes. It is back in the news. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which was signed into law last November, repeals the TEFRA audit rules and…READ MORE


FLSA Wage Claims Are on the Rise: How to Prevent and Defend Against Unpaid Wage Claims

“Wage theft” has become the buzzword du jour in certain circles. According to an analysis from the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), more workers than ever are filing wage-and-hour lawsuits. The number of wage and hour lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been steadily on the rise, surpassing all other employment-type cases….READ MORE


MD Business Owners: April 15th Is Personal Property Tax Day, Too!

A change in Maryland policy in 2016 may put you at risk of missing an important tax deadline. As you know, if you own a business in Maryland (whether it’s an LLC or a corporation) or your business is registered to conduct business in Maryland, you must file Personal Property Tax Returns each year with…READ MORE


Replace or Repair – The Historic Resource Conundrum

Maryland jurisdictions, including the Cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg and counties such as Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, have local laws intended to identify and protect historic buildings that are either “stand-alone” historic resources or “contributing resources” within a designated “historic district.” Historic buildings are, by definition, “old” and often in need of repair…READ MORE


Seven Myths of Estate Planning

I’ve represented hundreds of same-sex couples and single LGBT people, and I’ve learned that many of them have mistaken ideas about just what estate planning is and how it works—especially now that marriage is an option.  Sometimes those notions keep them from taking rational and not-so-difficult steps to protect their families and assets. In a…READ MORE


Avoid the Pitfalls of Teaming Agreements

Does your business ever join forces with others to go after government contracts? If you do, you should execute a teaming agreement to cover just how you will combine your resources. It’s a smart tactic for a smaller company that wants to obtain access to business that would otherwise be beyond its reach or capacity….READ MORE


The Top 5 Hot Topics in Employment Law for 2016

This year, employers will face a number of challenges when it comes to managing, monitoring and maintaining their workforces. From providing paid sick leave and equal opportunity under state and municipal laws, to extending equal rights and benefits to transgendered employees, complying with these new obligations may require a change in the way you operate…READ MORE