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Why the hospitality industry matters

How many jobs are in a bottle of beer? It’s an odd question and one that I imagine most of you have never considered before. To be honest, even though I’m the food and beverage director at Merritt Clubs, I ...

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Federal deficits aren’t credit cards

The Biden administration has pledged to deploy fiscal stimulus to get the stricken U.S. economy back on its feet, as well as increase government investment to boost long-run growth. This means the Republican opposition in Congress is back to arguing ...

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How to end federal marijuana ban

On marijuana, politicians are catching up with public opinion, and the federal government is catching up with the states. Fifteen states plus the District of Columbia have made recreational use legal. Most states have made it legal for medical (and ...

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Levin and Shaughnessy: Commercial landlords’ right to self-help

The Court of Special Appeals has held that a commercial landlord could exercise self-help by re-entering the leasehold premises, evicting the tenant, and taking possession of the tenant’s personal property. The CSA permitted this because the lease authorized these remedies ...

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Holiday marketing tips for small businesses

It’s beginning to look a lot like … the most important time of the year for small businesses. The holidays are peak sales season and can oftentimes make or break your year. When it comes to marketing for the holidays, ...

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Your office isn’t going away

The businesses that survive and thrive are the ones that adapt. This has certainly been the case this year as companies were forced to respond to the threat of COVID-19. Some of the changes will be short-lived and others will ...

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DOL weighs in on construction travel issues

The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division has issued an opinion letter giving businesses some clarity on the compensability of time spent by employees traveling to and from construction sites. The letter offers guidance to help employers understand the ...

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Latest PPP guidance offers challenges

The latest news indicates additional headwinds for small business owners related to tax deductions and, for loans of at least $2 million, loan forgiveness under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Here are couple of key takeaways for business ...

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Is the pandemic an excuse for sanctionable conduct?

As we enter our ninth month of the pandemic and COVID-19 numbers are surging across the country, lawyers and judges alike are bracing for newfound full or partial shutdowns. As shutdowns occur, our court systems will undoubtedly slow down, creating ...

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Facebook and its obligations

These days, we spend a lot of time online — probably more than we should. And for most of us, especially during the pandemic, a good percentage of our after-work downtime occurs on social networks. We share (and sometimes overshare) ...

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