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The Challenge of Banning the Box

Labor and employment attorney Paul M. Finamore, Esq. discusses the impact of "ban the box" legislation as it challenges employers to company not only with EEOC guidance, but also with state and local legislation that aims to protect applicants with criminal backgrounds to have fair access to gainful employment. These laws vary in coverage, timing and requirements, so multijurisdictional employers are faced with differing applications and requirements, creating complex administrative compliance mandates for those employers. 

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Licensed Insurance Companies Exempt from Maryland Income Tax

Are insurers licensed to do business in Maryland subject to state income tax on profits derived from sources other than insurance policy premiums? Maryland Tax Court ruled that an insurer was not subject to Maryland income tax, regardless of the source of its profits in National Indemnity Company v. Comptroller of the Treasury, Dkt. No. 14-IN-OO-0433 (Md. Tax Ct. April 24, 2015). 

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The Onus of Owning: Recent Reduction in ‘Minor Privilege’ Fees in Baltimore City

One of the onuses (and irritants) of owning a building in Baltimore is the City’s imposition of fees for so-called “minor privileges” for items like awnings, cornices and signs. Recently, the City took steps to reform the minor privileges system, which culminated in the adoption of business-friendly revisions to waive annual fees for certain items, convert annual fees to one-time fees, and remove outdated charges. 

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Condominiums May Not Opt Out Of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Provisions

Under Section 11-114 of the Maryland Condominium Act, Condominium Associations must maintain property insurance on the entire condominium including units, excepting improvements and betterments installed by the Unit Owner. Condominiums may not opt out of Maryland's Mandatory Insurance Coverage provisions, and any changes in statue requirements must be amended by the Legislature, arguments published in a recent court opinion following a declaratory judgment action in Elasik, et al. v. Queen's Landing Council of Unit Owners, Inc.

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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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