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Posted on Fri, 2018-02-16 14:23 by Brian J. Markovitz in

Earlier this year, the Government Accountability Office released a twenty page report still finding HUBZone certification fraud is being overlooked by the Small Business Administration. HUBZone fraud occurs when contractors mislead their ability to meet the requirements for the SBA’s HUBZone program in order to receive government contracts specifically carved out for small businesses in economically distressed communities, in both rural and urban areas.

Posted on Mon, 2018-02-12 15:54 by Jeffrey N. Greenblatt in

There has been a significant increase in the amount of gray divorces, or the divorce of couples after the age of 50, and a new tax law signed at the end of 2017 has the potential to affect them. 

Posted on Wed, 2018-01-31 13:11 by Jerry D Miller in Business Law

The Healthy Working Families Act is now the law in Maryland.    

Maryland businesses with 15 or more employees are required to provide paid “sick and safe” leave at the rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a minimum of at least 40 hours of paid leave per year.  Businesses with less than 15 employees are required to provide unpaid sick and safe leave that accrues at the same rate.  

Employees eligible to receive sick and safe leave benefits are those 18 years and older who work at least 12 hours per week.

Posted on Fri, 2018-01-12 17:01 by Megan A. Benevento in

“Please tell his mother I’m sorry.” That sentence is contained in every phone call I have received about the Harbour School since filing our lawsuit on January 9, 2018 in Baltimore County Circuit Court on behalf of an 11-year-old autistic boy who was sexually abused there after his parents repeatedly asked the directors of the school to fulfill the

Posted on Fri, 2018-01-05 14:26 by David Bulitt in Divorce

I have been a divorce lawyer for more than 30 years. Over that period, I have represented many parents with special needs children.  Maryland judges have also appointed me, on well over a hundred occasions, to represent children as a Best Interests Attorney. Many of those children have also had special needs.  These cases can be extremely difficult matters to litigate, particularly when the children experience mental health issues, learning disabilities or behavioral difficulties. The symptomology of these often cannot easily be seen, explained or understood.

Posted on Fri, 2017-12-08 11:55 by Reza Golesorkhi in

This may seem like a fairly obscure legal question, but questions along these lines have become fairly common. As divorces between working couples become more prevalent, so do the concerns of not just dividing marital assets, but also funds for retirement and what qualifies as income.

As a general rule, you can contribute to a regular IRA or a Roth IRA, if you have qualifying income.  So what counts as qualifying income?

There are three categories of qualifying income:

Posted on Mon, 2017-11-20 15:05 by Jason M. Sarfati in Labor Employment

A friend of mine recently called me in a panic.  After returning from a weeklong vacation out of the country, his manager asked to meet in an empty conference room.  Apparently during his absence, the members of my friend’s team had missed an important deadline.  Although he was not personally responsible for the deadline itself, a critical component necessary to meet it was hidden away in a file that only he had access to.  Unable to locate the file, and unable to reach my friend either by phone or email, the team missed the deadline and his company was forced to pass on a major opportunit

Posted on Thu, 2017-11-02 13:04 by David Bulitt in

As both a family law practitioner and a parent who has a child with an opioid addiction, I have, for many years now, had a front row seat to the damage that drugs can do to a family. Some years ago, we would encounter opioid addiction in a divorce case only occasionally. However, as the scope of this epidemic has grown in Maryland, so has its prevalence in child custody, divorce and in other family law matters.

Posted on Wed, 2017-10-18 14:14 by Jason M. Sarfati in

     In recent days, an online campaign designed to highlight the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment has spread across social media.  Frustrated by the number of women stepping forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein, Actress Alyssa Milano, the star of ABC’s Who’s The Boss? and The WB’s Charmed, posted to Twitter with one simple message: 

“‘Me too.’  If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.”

Posted on Tue, 2017-10-17 14:04 by Jay P. Holland in Labor Employment

We may not all know the term emoji, but we have all seen them or used them. Emojis are small digital images or icons used to express an idea or emotion onine. The term is only a couple of decades old and derives from the Japanese words e, a picture, and moji, a letter or character.

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