Posts by: Natasha M. Nazareth

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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

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

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

The Social Security Numbers Do Not Match!

Recently, we have learned that our clients are receiving letters from the Social Security Administration indicating that the Social Security Numbers submitted with payments for FICA and, presumably, Medicare, do not match.  This often may involve an undocumented worker; however, it could simply mean a clerical error. The employer who receives a no-match letter stands…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, A. Howard Metro

You Signed a Form Contract, Now What?

We often hear from frazzled business owners about routine contracts gone wrong. What seemed like a simple service agreement has gone south. They want their money back, or at least cut their losses, but when they call to cancel the contract, they learn they are stuck. All too often, what the service representative told them…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, Jose L. Espejo

The Hazy World of Weed at Work in Maryland

The legalization of medical marijuana is ever increasing with 33 states now permitting the use of medical marijuana, including Maryland. Yet, Maryland has not passed employment protections for users into its medical marijuana laws. As a result, Maryland state law conflicts with federal law, leaving employers and workers scrambling to determine how to protect themselves…MORE

Author: Natasha M. Nazareth, Jose L. Espejo

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