Status of Employment-Related Federal Agencies During The Federal Shutdown


With the partial shutdown of the federal government entering its nineteenth day (as of today), and with reports indicating there are no signs of an imminent resolution, employers should be aware of the status of federal entities whose activities may impact their workforces and employment law-related issues.
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Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals Rejects Company’s Appeal of Ruling Requiring Discovery of Joint Defense Agreements, Communications With Consulting Witness, and Sealed Insurance Docs


On December 6, 2018, in an unreported decision, Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals permitted plaintiffs in product liability litigation in Baltimore City Circuit Court to obtain broad discovery into joint defense agreements, communications between a defendant and its consulting expert, and documents in a sealed insurance litigation.
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It’s the Holiday Season…for Employers to Limit Risk


Tipsy employees create a slew of risks for employers, and the annual holiday party may be one of the only times in the year when employees have the chance to imbibe together.
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Supreme Court: A Year In Review


This year, 2017-2018, the Supreme Court issued numerous cases impacting employers.
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Take It or Leave It: The Rise of Outsourcing Leave Administration and What Employers Should Know About It


As attracting and retaining employees grows increasingly critical to a business’s success, the pressure is mounting for employers to ensure accurate and consistent execution of leave policies, sometimes across multiple corporate locations nationwide.
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Employers Should Watch for Wage and Hour Changes in 2019


The DOL recently released its Fall Regulatory Agenda, signaling its intent to act on some important issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
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USCIS Implements New Removal Proceedings Policy – But Not for Employment Cases


In our July 12, 2018 blog, we discussed a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy requiring the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA), which initiates removal proceedings against a foreign national, upon the denial of an immigration benefit request where the denial renders the applicant “not legally present” in the United States.
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Tariff Update—Importers Will Now Pay Tariffs on $250 Billion of the $500 Billion in Chinese Goods Coming to the U.S. Every Year


On September 17, the President directed the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) to impose additional tariffs on importers of Chinese goods.
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Delaware Law Amended to Allow Limited Liability Companies to Divide Assets and Liabilities


The state of Delaware recently enacted an amendment to the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act (the “Act”), effective August 1, 2018, which allows a limited liability company to divide into two or more limited liability companies, with the assets, liabilities and duties allocated among those companies in a plan of division.
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Can Tort Victims Recover the Total Amount of Medical Expenses Billed?


Good news for defendants. The Court of Special Appeals recently decided that the Medicare Secondary Payer Act does not preempt the Maryland statute that allows post-trial motions to reduce judgments for past medical expenses.
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