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Paley Rothman shares this library of resources with clients and friends of the firm to help them stay ahead of legal and business developments and trends. Here, you will find helpful tips and tools written by our attorneys.

Employment Law

Montgomery County Employers Must Comply with New Ban the Box Law by Jan. 1

Montgomery County’s new “ban the box” law goes into effect on January 1, 2015, and does far more than simply banning the box. The law, which was enacted by the Montgomery County Council on October 28, 2014, will place significant limitations on how most employers in the County may inquire about, and use, information related to an applicant’s criminal history.

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Employment Law

Why Employers Should Be Diligent with Employee Classifications

This is a bit of a trick question. The short answer is no. If a worker is correctly classified as an independent contractor, the worker is not a “covered employee” under the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act and the employer is not liable for the worker’s on-the-job injuries.

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Tax

Shop Maryland Tax Free Week Coming August 10

Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week for 2014 is from 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 10, through midnight on Saturday, August 16, 2014. That means qualifying apparel and footwear (i.e., articles of apparel designed to be worn on or about the human body) $100 or less, per item, regardless of how many items are sold at the same time, are exempt from Maryland’s 6 percent sales tax.

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Real Estate

Unlicensed Advisor Costs Broker Its Commission

In April of this year, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. (“JLL”), one of the world’s largest commercial real estate brokerages, learned the hard way that one employee’s lack of a real estate broker’s or salesperson’s license can cost millions of dollars. JLL’s fate presents a cautionary tale for brokerages that use the services of unlicensed professionals in connection with leasing and sales transactions.

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