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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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FIO Report Sets the Stage for an Active Year in Insurance Regulation

The December 12, 2013 Federal Insurance Office (FIO) report titled, "How to Modernize and Improve the System of Insurance Regulation in the United States,” with its proposed increased federal role in insurance regulation has been met with strong opposition from state regulators. Issues raised with direct federal involvement in regulation include greater engagement in supervisory colleges to monitor financial stability of insurers and reinsurance collateral requirements, among others.

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Emerging Trends in Lawsuits Against Real Estate Professionals
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The current real estate market has caused an increase in activity for real estate professionals.  With this increase in activity, there has also been an increase in litigation against real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, home inspectors, mortgage specialists and other real estate professionals across the country. The trends in lawsuits against real estate professionals and the ways in which real estate professionals can guard against such claims are covered herein.

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Another Delay in the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Mandate - A Reprieve for Many Employers

The Obama administration announced last week that some mid-sized businesses would have an additional year to comply with the employer mandate or “pay or play” provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The employer mandate requires businesses with at least fifty (50) employees to either offer health plans that meet minimum coverage and affordability standards or pay a penalty known as the “employer responsibility payment.”

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Past Articles

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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Filing a National Flood Insurance Claim in State Court is No Better Than Filing it in the Kitchen Dr

In Woodson v. Allstate Ins. Co., the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit…

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Texas Federal Judge Enjoins U.S Department of Labor from Implementing and Enforcing its Final Rule R

U.S. District Judge Mazzant from the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction…

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Family Businesses Beware: IRS Shifts Bullseye with Newly Proposed Tax Regulations

With the recent issuance of proposed regulations under Section 2704 of the Internal Revenue Code,…

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