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A recent presidential order is likely to bring major changes in how employees are classified as qualifying for overtime pay, or as being exempt from it. The current rules, drafted when many employees were easily characterized as blue collar workers in manufacturing, will be updated to apply to the current, more service-oriented employment economy. The…

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The Maryland Home Improvement Law (“MHIL”) protects homeowners from unlicensed home improvement contractors, but it affords no such protections between contractors, such as an when an unlicensed subcontractor works for a licensed general contractor. The MHIL requires any contractor “who performs or offers or agrees to perform a home improvement for an owner” to first…

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Your business document retention practices may come into unwanted scrutiny in a lawsuit, with consequences that shift the odds against you. Among your emails to and from your company email address, your wastepaper baskets, the files in your desk, the files in the metal cabinets down the hall, the texts on your company iPhone, the…

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Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) have significant implications for employers of all different sizes. As these begin to take effect, though sometimes subject to postponement, it is time for employers to become familiar with them. Below are some of the essential points of the ACA for employers to know. Before delving into…

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Understanding police and emergency situations can prevent legal troubles.  Emergency and other police matters involving tenants can represent difficult situations for residential landlords, and can potentially lead to legal issues if not properly handled. A landlord will want to be cognizant of instances when permitting emergency personnel and law enforcement entry into leased apartments may…

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By: Matt Hjortsberg In a case arising out of the to construction of the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has ruled that the general contractor forfeited its right to collect literally tens of millions of dollars from its insurance carrier.

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Retainage is required on almost all construction projects.  Retainage in a construction contract allows the developer to withhold a portion of each progress payment to the contractor until the project is complete.  Retainage is basically a form of insurance to the developer because there is a strong financial incentive for the contractor to complete the…

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Many misconceptions exist about the efficacy and need for non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreements, so it is important to keep a few simple facts in mind. A. The Law Prohibits Disclosing Confidential Information Many employers believe they must require employees to sign contracts prohibiting the disclosure or use of the employers’ confidential information and trade…

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In this new installment in our continuing discussion of mechanic’s liens in construction, we update the basics for proper exercise of this most vital right and remedy of contractors and subcontractors. Contractors and subcontractors must understand the basics regarding mechanic’s lien in Maryland in order to ensure they do not unintentionally waive any rights. These…

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People signing Wills often wonder why the lawyer insists they come to the office to observe archaic-seeming formalities of execution, rather than just let them sign at home. A recent court decision, rejecting an amendment to a Will for failure of witnessing formalities, answers the question. For a Will to be admitted to probate estate…

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