Joseph Greenwald & Laake, PA Blog - Business Law

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 Thu, 2016-08-18 13:07 by Jerry D Miller in Business Law

Significant economic indicators continue to support the proposition that new business startup activity is on the rise.  On August 4, 2016, the Kauffman Foundation released the 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, its highly respected annual report which focuses on new business creation. 

According to the Index, entrepreneurship in the United States rose for the second year in a row in 2015.  This a mere two years after the index plunged to its lowest level in two decades.

The foundation noted, in a development of particular significance, that more new businesses are being started out of desire as opposed to need. 

Posted on Tue, 2015-10-13 06:57 by Levi S. Zaslow in

This blog is a summary of recent significant appellate decisions by the Court of Special of Appeals of Maryland in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Insurance, Landlord-Tenant, Guardianship, Lead Paint, Corporations and Associations, Foreclosure, and Family Law. 

Workers’ Compensation

Long v. Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund, No. 2615, Sept. Term, 2013 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Sept. 30, 2015).

Posted on Fri, 2015-06-05 15:54 by in


Are you thinking about taking the plunge and renovating your home? Have you been looking around the house thinking, “Wow this floor sure is showing its age,” or “This kitchen used to be fabulous… in 1987,” or “Now that we have the money, why don’t we add that sunroom we always dreamed of”? Maybe you are a young contractor, ready to spread your wings and open your own company. If so, to successfully navigate your exciting new undertaking it is important to understand the nuances of the Maryland home improvement laws.

Posted on Fri, 2015-05-15 15:58 by Jerry D Miller in

If you own a business, there’s a good chance you’ve been faced with the independent contractor vs. employee dilemma. The decision isn’t always an easy one to make and since an incorrect designation can have significant negative consequences, it’s best not to decide in haste or purely on the basis of economics. Here are some things to consider the next time the issue comes across your desk:  

Posted on Wed, 2015-05-06 14:47 by in Business Services


Got an innovative idea? Starting a new business?  Decided to incorporate? Now what?!

One of the first decisions a budding entrepreneur encounters when starting a new business is where to incorporate their new venture.  In my corporate and business law practice, I tend to point clients in one of two directions, either their home state (the state where the business operates), or Delaware.  For this article we will assume the home state of the entrepreneur is the State of Maryland.

Posted on Fri, 2014-10-03 10:24 by Jerry D Miller in Business Services

In previous posts (Choice of Entity: A Primer for the New Business Owner Part 1 and Part 2) we discussed starting a business as proprietorship (single owner, with no entity) and as a limited liability company. In the third installment of this series we will discuss the pros and cons of operating your business as a C corporation.

"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?

Don’t look now but Maryland, a state that has a reputation for being a little too fond of imposing taxes, is on the verge of enacting a substantial tax reduction.  No, this is not an early April Fool’s joke.  As improbable as it may sound, the home of the dreaded bag tax, hard surface run-off tax and a plethora of other ways to separate its residents from their money is on the verge of enacting a law that will result in a significant reduction in the amount of estate taxes paid to the state, which is estimated to total more than $100 million per year when the law is fully phased in on January 1, 2019[1].

Posted on Fri, 2013-12-13 18:33 by Bethany L. Flanders in Business Services, Maryland Law, Real Estate, Taxes

The 2013 legislative session brought about some positive changes in the area of taxability of indemnity deeds of trusts (otherwise known as indemnity mortgages), supplemental instruments, and refinance instruments.  This new law applies to any of these types of financial instruments recorded on or after July 1, 2013.