Archive for September 2013

Limited Liability Companies: Are You Personally Protected?

While a 2010 Maryland case raised questions as to the extent of protections for LLC members, a more recent 2013 case provides some measure of reassurance that Maryland remains averse to holding members liable in the absence of fraud. Maryland statutory law states, “no [LLC] member shall be personally liable for the obligations of the…

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Prepare to Navigate Special Arbitration for Employment Claims in Financial Services Industry

The first stop for any employment claim involving most financial services companies is arbitration governed by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), which has its own procedures. Mandatory arbitration controls all employment disputes between FINRA member businesses and their employees who are registered with FINRA. FINRA is an independent regulatory agency that protects investors by ensuring…

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Cloud Computing Requires Comprehensive Contracts

Cloud computing continues to grow in popularity as a plausible alternative to traditional methods of controlling information technology. Cloud computing is essentially the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet to store, manage and process data rather than on a local server or personal computer. In using cloud computing, end…

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When Exporting Your Products, Beware the ITAR

ITAR, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, might sound like something from a James Bond movie, but it applies to more than you might realize and as such, might be worth an assessment of what your company exports.  The Arms Export Control Act (the AECA) authorizes the U.S. President to control the import and the…

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Maryland Employment Law Update: New Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

The recently enacted “Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Act” requires Maryland employers to provide reasonable accommodations to women suffering from pregnancy-related disabilities. The Act, which took effect October 1, applies to all employers with at least 15 employees for each working day in each of 20 or more calendar weeks.  

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Intellectual Property Law: Under Copyright Law, You Don't Always Get What You Pay For

Several surprises lurk in federal copyright law that are often revealed to employers after it is too late to avoid harsh consequences.  Most employers mistakenly assume that everything an employee creates that may relate to the employee’s job automatically belongs to the employer.  Equally surprising to most employers is that nothing ­that an independent contractor…

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Bowie & Jensen breaks down the Storm Water Remediation Fee in Maryland.

Many have asked how the implementation of the Storm Water Remediation Fee will work or impact them locally. Bowie & Jensen has produced the following infographic to help show how it all trickles down. Click on the image for the full size PDF document, and for more information, please read the full article here.

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