Blog Archive: September 2013

Posted on Fri, 2013-09-27 19:23 by Puja Gupta in Maryland Law, Traffic

 



I spent a good deal of my childhood vacations sitting with my brother and cousins sans seatbelt in the way way backseat of my parent’s Volvo station wagon or the way way back in my uncle’s simulated wood-paneled Mercury Grand Marquis Colony Park (commonly known as the Woodie).


Posted on Wed, 2013-09-25 19:31 by Jeremy Schneider in Business Services, Labor Employment

 



Beginning on January 1, 2014, individuals and employees of small businesses will be able to access health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as “Obamacare”.  Among other things, the ACA requires that employers provide a notice to employees with information regarding their coverage options, including those available in the Marketplace, by October 1, 2013.  Importantly, this notice requirement is separate from the universal mandate pushed back a year by the Administration this past summer.


Posted on Wed, 2013-09-25 19:17 by Kara Fischer in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense

 


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Maryland Recognizes Constitutional Right to Counsel at Initial Appearance Hearings


Anyone who has ever watched an episode of “Law & Order” can tell you that as a criminal defendant, you have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you by the state.


Posted on Tue, 2013-09-24 17:32 by Jeremy Schneider in Discrimination, False Claims Act, Labor Employment


Kathy:  Jeremy, I know a large part of your practice involves whistleblower law.  Do you have any thoughts or advice to pass along on this topic to our readers?


Posted on Fri, 2013-09-20 19:49 by Jay P. Holland in Discrimination, False Claims Act, Labor Employment

 


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This past term, the Supreme Court in University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar held that retaliation claims under Title VII are required to be decided by what is known as the “But For” causation standard.[1]  So, if an employee reports illegal discrimination or harassment based on race, sex, or other Title VII protected conduct and suffers retaliation, the Supreme Court held that the employee must show that “but for” engaging in protected activity (reporting the illegal conduct), the employee would not have suffered the adverse action (such as termination).[2]


Posted on Fri, 2013-09-20 19:48 by Veronica Nannis in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law

 


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On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in Bland v. Roberts that clicking the “Like” button on Facebook®[1] qualifies as constitutionally protected speech.[2] This ruling extended First Amendment protection to the “Like” button.


Posted on Fri, 2013-09-13 20:08 by Jeremy Schneider in Discrimination, False Claims Act, Labor Employment


Kathy:  Every year brings new legislation that impacts American employers and employees.  Are there any game-changing laws that have been passed or that are on the horizon for 2013?


Posted on Fri, 2013-09-06 19:49 by Celeste Cunningham in Personal Injury

 


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If you own and drive a motor vehicle on the roads in the State of Maryland, you probably know that the law requires you to carry insurance on the vehicle.  But do you know how much and what kinds of coverage you are required to carry? The State of Maryland requires vehicle owners to carry the following coverage[1]:

Posted on Fri, 2013-09-06 19:49 by Elizabeth J. McInturff in Family Law, Labor Employment

 


2013 ushered in many changes in the New Year, among them the legalizing of same-sex marriages in Maryland. Now, legally married same-sex couples in Maryland will receive the same benefits (and headaches) as their friends in heterosexual marriages, under the new Rev. Rule 2013-17.