Eight years ago, Maryland’s Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers Act (“RAPWA”) , which went into effect on October 1, 2013, did not exist, and the United Parcel Service (“UPS”) denied a pregnant Maryland employee’s request to lift no more than 20 pounds at work on the written advisement of her doctor.
“A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF CANNOT STAND”
– Abraham Lincoln, Republican State Convention (June 16, 1858), quoting Mark 3:25
Have you heard the one about the couple that split the house after their divorce? She got the inside, he got the outside. Or the story of this couple from Cambodia who cut their house in half after the wife refused to leave?
In March of 2014, the Court of Appeals considered whether an adult sibling seeking visitation rights with her minor siblings, contrary to their parents’ wishes, should be held to the same standard as third parties seeking visitation.[i] The factual circumstances of In re: Victoria C. presented a ripe opportunity for the Court of Appeals of Maryland to produce a more forgiving standard that recognized the importance of familial relationships other than parent-child. The Court of Appeals, however, declined to take that route.
Everyone has heard that “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” And, we also know that when you pay your taxes late, there is another certainty: penalties and interest. Now, let’s say you pay your taxes late, you are assessed with penalties and interest, you pay the penalties and interest, but later discover that, in fact, you never owed the tax in the first place. You would then expect to have the tax, along with the penalties and interest, which you paid, to be refunded to you. Right?
On May 27, 2014, in State v. Hailes,the Maryland Court of Special Appeals made important rulings regarding several evidentiary issues. The Hailes court held that a “hard blink” can be a statement, that a “Dying Declaration” does not require actual imminent death, only a belief of imminent death, and that the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment does not suppress a dying declaration.
Dowries In the Modern Age: What Happens to an Islamic Mahr, Mehrieh, Mehr, or Dowry, During a Maryland Divorce: Part 2
In my previous post I talked about the Islamic concept of Mehr, Mehrieh or Dowry. This post will discuss how Maryland Courts may address the issue of Mehr or Mehrieh when an Iranian family, married in Iran, and now living in Maryland, files for divorce in Maryland.
Public Pools in Maryland Must Comply with Barrier Safety Regulations, says Unanimous Court of Appeals
In a unanimous decision, the Court of Appeals of Maryland recently held in Blackburn Ltd. Partnership v. Paul, that all Maryland public pools have a duty to comply with Maryland’s swimming pool barrier safety regulations. The Court recognized that the pool barrier safety regulations were designed for the protection of young children from accidental drowning and near-drowning by limiting or delaying their access to swimming pools, spas and hot tubs.
This past session, the Maryland legislature enacted a number of changes that affect both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Although certainly not a comprehensive overhaul, the new legislation touches on several important areas that affect the public’s ability to obtain and extend both peace and protective orders, as well as enhanced penalties for those who violate such orders.
On April 14, 2014, Governor Martin O’Malley signed two bills that usher in a change for marijuana laws in Maryland. The first, Senate Bill 364, goes into effect on October 1st and decriminalizes the possession of marijuana. Under SB 364, a person cannot be criminally charged for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, instead they will face civil fines as follows:
"Death of the fraudster" by Georg Auer Hohensalzburg
Are you a Marylander?
Do you want your hard earned tax money going to companies who are defrauding the Maryland state government?
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