Yearly Archives: 2020

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Should I Go To The Legal Assistance Office On Base?

If you serve in the military or are the spouse of a military member and considering filing for divorce, you are likely asking yourself some very difficult questions. Seeking the right help as you’re going through the military divorce process is the key to making it as simple and painless as possible. You may be…MORE

Author: Larry N. Burch

New Maryland Employment Discrimination Laws Take Effect October 1, 2020

While much of the recent Maryland Legislative session was consumed with the coronavirus crisis, several pro-employee bills were passed. These bills address race discrimination, sex discrimination, pay equity, and wage transparency. All will become effective October 1, 2020 without the signature of Governor Hogan, who declined to hold any bill signing ceremonies this month.  The…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, Ginny Cascio Bonifacino

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

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

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

The “Disappeared” Husband In Tiger King

If you’re like me, you’ve seen every episode of the documentary Tiger King on Netflix. As an animal lover and estate planning attorney, the show covered a lot of issues that interest me. The biggest estate planning issue centered around the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s husband, Don. It struck a lot of people as highly…MORE

Author: Andrew M. Friedman

Are Subdivision Approvals And Other Entitlements Affected By COVID?

The sudden onset of COVID-19 has led every branch of State and Local governments scrambling to impose appropriate regulations and policies aimed at balancing public safety and avoiding a massive backlog.  Each local planning and zoning authority, board of appeals, and permitting department already has a unique set of local rules for conducting business, but…MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri

Montgomery County Business Relief Program Unveiled

An information page for the  Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Grant Program (PHEG) went live this week. Local businesses, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, may be eligible for grants of up to $75,000 from a $20 million fund. $5 million is reserved for restaurants and retail establishments. The catch is that local businesses must show…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth

Going Digital

We are now living in a profoundly new world where many workplaces are being transitioned to teleworking with limited planning or time to test systems.  This rapid shift brings challenges that must be addressed and resolved from both a legal and operations standpoint.  Confidential Information and Data Privacy Issues.  One of the major issues is…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – Relevant Employment Provisions

Last week, the federal government enacted the CARES Act.  It provides economic relief to Americans both as individuals and businesses. While the Act contains a variety of tax, loans and other measures, the following programs are of particular interest to employers and small businesses:  Payroll Protection Program.  In part, this law allows small and mid-sized…MORE

Author: Ginny Cascio Bonifacino, Natasha M. Nazareth

Covid-19 Weekly Updates – April 2, 2020

As the number of Covid-19 infections rise, the federal, state, and local governments are taking more drastic actions to protect and support the public during this time.  The following updates summarize major changes that affect employers in the DMV:  1.Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The FFCRA became effective April 1, 2020.  All employers, even those…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, Ginny Cascio Bonifacino

How Do I Give Notice Under My Contract?

COVID-19 closures, stay-at-home orders, and governmental restrictions are wreaking havoc on otherwise happy business relationships. Meeting monthly payment obligations is one major concern facing all parties as the calendar turns to April without an end to the pandemic crisis.  Businesses might also encounter difficulties reaching other deadlines or touchstones in a timely and complete manner….MORE

Author: Peter E. Ciferri

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

FRONT FOOT BENEFIT ALERT! New Court Case Affects Collection Rights

For those of you who either create, collect, buy or sell private front foot benefits for water and sewer installation reimbursements, a new Maryland court case affects the ability to collect delinquent charges from homeowners.  The Maryland Court of Special Appeals, in H.C. Utilities, LLC v. Song Y. Hwang, December Term, 2019,  No. CSA-REG-2423-2018, issued…MORE

Author: Michael A. Faerber

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