Yearly Archives: 2020

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How Do I Temporarily Lay Off My Employees?

Due to our current global pandemic, employers are faced with very difficult decisions as the government further restricts movement and closes businesses in an effort to contain the community spread of Covid-19.  One of these questions is – should I shut my doors and temporarily lay off my employees?   As you are considering this action,…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth

Why Am I Paying Percentage Rent In My Retail Lease?

Many leases for retail spaces, including restaurants, include terms that require the tenant to pay to the landlord a percentage of profits earned from gross sales.  This “percentage rent” payment is over and above the monthly base rent, operating costs and taxes that the tenant also pays the landlord under the lease. For retail or…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

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