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Navigating TITLE VII of the Civil Rights Act as an Employer

By: Jordan Curet• Recently, the Supreme Court has been putting employers on notice: they are watching and they do not like what they see. In particular, two cases have dealt with discrimination in the employment process, one tied to hiring and another to leave benefits. In both, the employee prevailed because the Court believed the

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Tax Amnesty On The Horizon in Maryland?

By: Jerry Kelly • Both the Maryland House and Senate recently passed a bill authorizing a tax amnesty program for 2015. While it has not passed the desk of Governor Larry Hogan yet, there is no indication of any opposition from the Governor. Each of the three prior state tax amnesty programs generated revenues of more

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legal, business regulations

Cut the Red Tape When Entering a New or Growing Business Niche

By The Firm • Starting a business in today’s legal and regulatory landscape is not always easy or straightforward, especially when that business represents a new or growing niche in the marketplace in which our laws have yet to catch up. As part of our business advisory practice, we recently had the opportunity to help a client

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Shop Small, Make a Big Impact

 By The Firm • Today’s consumer environment is replete with big-box retail chains and multinational conglomerates. During the holiday shopping season, many of us are tempted to spend our money at these stores, forgetting that sometimes the very best bargains-both in terms of price and local impact-can be found at the myriad small businesses which pepper this

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit in the Shark Tank

By Gregory A. Dorsey • Last night I took the liberty of watching an old episode of the critically-acclaimed business-themed show, Shark Tank. According to the show’s website, the “Sharks” are “tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons” who made it big in their respective industries: Kevin O’Leary (Educational Software), Lori Greiner (Prolific Inventor), Barbara Corcoran (Real Estate), Robert

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Where’s My Paycheck?; Private Sector Pay During the Government Shutdown

By Darren H. Weiss • As of October 1, 2013, the United States federal government entered a partial shutdown, ceasing all nonessential activities as a consequence of Congress’s failure to pass a budget to fund the government. The most immediate and easily-foreseeable consequence of the shutdown has been the furloughing of hundreds of thousands of federal government

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Gotta Have IT!

By Gregory A. Dorsey • Posted 10/08/13 As a former software developer, I was once called upon to develop custom software for a law firm in its defense of a multinational corporation involving hundreds, if not thousands, of plaintiffs. When I started practicing law nearly 17 years ago, I presumed law firms—large and small—were similarly implementing technology

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Individual Liability for Business’ Failure to Pay Payroll Taxes

By Mario Dispenza • Posted 10/03/13 Concerned new clients regularly come to us with the following inquiry: “The IRS can’t hold me personally responsible for my business’ payroll taxes because the business and I are separate entities, right?”   Unfortunately, we are often in the position of having to explain to incredulous business owners that the IRS

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Just When You’ve Done All You Think You Should Do: Evidentiary Burdens in Establishing Insurability

By Darren H. Weiss • Posted 10/01/13 Are you embroiled in a dispute with your insurer over the extent, existence, and limits of your insurance policy? Have you ever trusted your insurance needs to a broker and later discovered that you never received a policy or that the coverage described to you is different than the coverage

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So, An IRS Special Agent Wants To “Speak to you About Your Taxes.”

By Mario V. Dispenza • If you’re like most Americans, your immediate question is “what’s a ‘Special Agent’ and what does this mean?” Unfortunately, it means that the IRS believes that you have committed a crime and they have assigned a highly-skilled, criminal investigator to investigate you and/or your business. Moreover, it’s more likely than not that

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