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Employment Law: Top Employer Concerns for 2013

March 26, 2013

Many employers may be surprised to learn that their personnel policies and procedures may actually violate the National Labor Relations Act, especially if they operate in a union-free environment.  Here are the top concerns employers should be made aware of

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Bowie & Jensen Attorney Testifies to the Maryland House of Delegates Against HB599

March 7, 2013

Bowie & Jensen LLC attorney Michael Smith testified against HB599 on behalf of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in a recent reading before the Judicial Committee of the Maryland House of Delegates.  On January 31st Maryland Delegates Glenn and Conoway

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Employment Law: Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Law on Employers’ Legal Obligations

February 11, 2013

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland was brought to referendum in the form of “Question 6” in the 2012 election. The much publicized and hotly debated issue passed by a wide margin, allowing couples of the same gender to

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Employment Law: Out With the Old, in With the New Forms for Employers Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

January 9, 2013

As of January 1, any employer that uses an individual’s credit report as grounds for an adverse employment action is required to supply that individual with an updated “Summary of Rights” form under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”).  The

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Employment Law: Personal Liability for Wages? It May Depend on the Boss

January 9, 2013

Though the business entity is normally liable for unpaid wages, employees also may attempt to claim them from individual owners of the employer entity.  In Maryland, an individual construction project manager who is a company owner may be considered an

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R. Michael Smith Discusses the Loss of Wages Because of Hurricane Sandy

November 5, 2012

R. Michael Smith, an attorney in Bowie & Jensen’s Labor and Employment Law Department, is interviewed by WBAL-TV regarding the loss of employment wages as a result of Hurricane Sandy.  Click here to see the interview in its entirety.

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R. Michael Smith joins Bowie & Jensen, LLC's Employment Department

October 17, 2012

TOWSON: Bowie & Jensen, a premier business law firm, is pleased to announce that veteran employment litigator R. Michael Smith is now a lawyer with the firm.   “Our employment law practice was started by Nicole Windsor and she has become

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Avoid Trouble with the Maryland Unemployment Division

August 8, 2012

As employers struggle with sky-rocketing unemployment insurance premiums, some look to reorganization for relief. Unfortunately, most business reorganizations designed to reduce unemployment insurance rates are illegal and can result in serious trouble for employers. Maryland’s State Unemployment Tax Act (“SUTA”)

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NLRB Postpones Deadline for Employers to Post NLRA Rights Poster

February 13, 2012

Employers now have until April 30, 2012 to post the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) rights poster. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) decided to postpone implementation of the posting rule from January 31, 2012 until April 30, 2012. This

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Work Place Fraud Act

February 10, 2012

The Maryland legislature is considering legislation to address the business community’s concerns about the Workplace Fraud Act (“WFA”). The WFA applies exclusively to the construction and landscaping industries. Under the current WFA, there is a presumption that all workers are

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