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Legislative Roundup: New Maryland Laws Affecting Employers

This year, in addition to the Pregnancy Disability Leave Act and the Military Deployment Leave Law (which are discussed elsewhere in the blog), Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law two bills affecting employees’ rights.  The first bill provided even more force to the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law, while the second introduced a new…

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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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Employment Law: Is Your Non-Compete Affordable to Enforce?

Employers Should Take Steps To Ensure That They Can Afford To Enforce Non-Disclosure And Non-Competition Agreements. For 10 years Mike Brown served as the Vice President of Sales for ABC Technologies which is located in Maryland.  In that capacity, Brown had: (1) supervised ABC’s sales staff; (2) developed close relationships with key customers and vendors;…

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Mark Jensen Named Secretary of Evapco Inc. and to Serve on Board of Directors

Bowie & Jensen co-founder and partner Mark Jensen was appointed to the Board of Directors of Evapco Incorporated. He will serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the company based out of Taneytown, Maryland. Evapco Inc. is an international manufacturing company with locations throughout the US, Europe and Asia.    Mr. Jensen brings…

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Employment Law: Employers Now Required To Accommodate Pregnancy-Related Disabilities

In May 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley signed a law passed by the Maryland Legislature which requires employers with at least 15 employees to provide reasonable accommodations for employees diagnosed with a disability caused or contributed to by pregnancy.  Maryland’s employment discrimination statute has defined a “disability” to include a: (1) physical disability or infirmity or…

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Employment Law: New Laws for Employees with Wage Claims

A new Maryland labor and employment law incentivizes settling unpaid wage claims and may reduce court caseload. A new law that will go into effect on October 1st has effectively turned the tables on who is the plaintiff and who is the defendant in unpaid wage lawsuits by allowing for the creation of wage liens. 

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Insurance Defense: Reservation of Rights Letter

An insured may choose its own attorney to defend a lawsuit if the insurer issues a reservation of rights letter.  Virtually all liability policies, including policies which cover employment-related claims, obligate insurers to defend lawsuits filed against their insureds.  As a consequence, insurers typically hire and pay attorneys to defend claims, in part because the…

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Intellectual Property Law: A Better Solution for Stopping “Cybersquatters”

Perhaps the best space a business can own is not a physical space at all, but space on the internet, which usually means registering and owning a domain name.   A domain name is like home-sweet-home to a business and is often a target for trademark infringement.   Unscrupulous individuals, and sometimes even business competitors, may attempt…

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