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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?
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:
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.
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Vance v. Ball State University changed the landscape for employees claiming discrimination under Title VII, including sexual harassment. In Vance, the Court limited the definition of a “supervisor” to being a person who can “take tangible employment actions” against the employee, meaning a “significant change in employment status, such as hiring, firing, failing to promote, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, or a decision causing a significant change in benefits.”
Maryland High Court rules that, while generally the jury is not entitled to be told that the defendant physician is not board certified, there are instances in which that evidence may be admissible.
In the recent case of Little v. Schneider (August 22, 2013), the Maryland Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated a $2.874 million verdict issued for a plaintiff by a Harford County, MD jury. The jury found that Dr. Schneider (acting as a specialist in vascular surgery) negligently used the wrong size graft in attempting to perform an arterial bypass. This allegedly caused massive bleeding, leaving Ms. Little permanently paralyzed.
D.C.’s New Pre-Litigation Insurance Disclosure Law - Leveling the Playing Field will Help Personal Injury Plaintiffs Resolve Claims Faster
The Pre-Litigation Discovery of Insurance Coverage Amendment Act of 2012 is now in effect in the District of Columbia and offers a new and powerful tool to Plaintiffs and their personal injury attorneys in settling claims for maximum value.
The Supreme Court’s Declaration of DOMA as Unconstitutional Expands Family and Medical Leave Coverage to Same-Sex Spouses
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (the “FMLA”) provides much-needed flexibility for employees who need time off of work in order to care for personal or familial needs. Title I of the FMLA allows eligible employees working for a covered employer up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a “spouse, or a son, daughter, or parent, of the employee, if such spouse, son, daughter, or parent has a serious health condition,” among other reasons.
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