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Recently, the Maryland Court of Appeals discussed a new restraint on the State’s “at-will” employment doctrine, one that is triggered by language commonly found in employment agreements.  Specifically, the Court held that an employment contract clause providing that the employee could be terminated “for-cause,” negates the presumption of at-will employment, thereby precluding an employer from…

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Mark Jensen, co-founder and partner at Bowie & Jensen, was recently appointed as Chairman of the Board at the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA). Headquartered in Elkridge, Maryland, MHA represents every hospital in the state and serves as the advocate before legislative and regulatory bodies. Since its establishment in 1970, the organization has acted as a…

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Bowie & Jensen, LLC would like to congratulate Matthew Hjortsberg, Michael Siri, Mark Jensen, and William McComas on being selected for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication. They have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 21th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the following…

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Employment Practices Liability Insurance (“EPLI”) has become popular among businesses in recent years, with good reason, but at least one vital feature to check in any such policy is whether you have the right to use your current lawyer in defending any claim. EPLI policies cover employment claims brought by current or former employees for…

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As many businesses shift their seasonal focus to summer activities and services, it is helpful to know whether and to what extent the ubiquitous waivers signed by parents on behalf of their minor children, usually as a condition to participation, are enforceable. The Maryland Court of Appeals recently clarified the state of the law in…

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Fee-shifting clauses, enabling the prevailing party in a contract dispute to push its legal bills onto the other party, are subject to wide-ranging interpretation by courts. This provision, though popular, deserves a second look before you sign a contract or enter into litigation over a contract that has one in it. Landlords, tenants, and any…

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Next year the cost of dying in Maryland will drop, and keep dropping, for people with Maryland estates of more than $1 million. After years of resisting the trend among states, the Maryland legislature acted in this most recent session to reduce local estate taxes gradually over the next five years until the state exemption…

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