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Baltimore City Council Adopts IgCC

Lost in the noise from the Baltimore City Council’s recent adoption of legislation requiring policy body cameras and banning plastic bags, was news of the Council’s adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).  Although its adoption slipped by quietly, this new building code will have significant consequences for the design of new buildings in the City in 2015, and has the potential to impact existing buildings as well.

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MIA Says Price Optimization Violates Statute; Opportunity for Regulatory Challenge Arrives in 2015

The Maryland Insurance Administration is the first regulatory agency in the country to come out with a clear position on price optimization, issuing Bulletin 14-23 that states that the practice violates § 27-212(e)(1) of the Insurance Article. It calls for any insurer using price optimization to file a corrective action plan by January 1, 2015 and concludes by stating that, “Failure to submit a corrective action plan and to re-file rates/rules that are compliant with Maryland law may result in administrative action.” 

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What Should I Know About Maryland Estate and Gift Taxes in 2014?

On May 15, 2014, Governor O’Malley signed the Maryland legislature’s measure to ease the burden of the Maryland estate tax.

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Baltimore Businesses: Ban the Box or Jump in Jail!

Employers employing 10 or more full-time equivalent employees in the City of Baltimore beware: if you use criminal conviction information before making a conditional offer of employment, you risk criminal penalties under Baltimore City’s new Ban the Box legislation. Accordingly, affected employers should remove any requests for information regarding criminal convictions or criminal accusations from their employment applications.

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Past Articles

Increasing Risk of Data Breaches Prompt New Legal Requirements for Maryland Businesses

Although recent data breaches involving large corporations such as Equifax, eBay, Target and Yahoo…

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GOP Tax Bill Proposes Estate Tax Repeal…Hooray?

On November 2, the GOP released its tax reform bill, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H. R. 1),…

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Maryland Condominium and Homeowner Associations Face New Rules for Amendment of Governing Documents

A new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly (House Bill 789, Chapter 480) and signed by Governor…

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Judge awards $0 after Plaintiffs’ counsel seeks $1.1 million in attorneys’ fees after winning bad fa

In a scathing, 100-page opinion from the The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania,…

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Impact of Overtime Regulations on Employers After DOL Files Reply Brief

Employers now have a clear picture of the Department of Labor’s position on its ability to…

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