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Updated IRS guidance regarding paid leave for vaccination-related reasons (access required)

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) provided that employers could again voluntarily extend Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA) provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to employees ...

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A healthy rental housing market (access required)

Over the past several months, there has been much public discussion regarding COVID-19’s impact on Maryland’s housing industry. We write to explore the current landscape and review the data. The federal government has provided Maryland with more than $700 million ...

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The G-7 nations want to end tax havens. Good luck with that (access required)

Close your eyes and imagine a tax haven. Does a Caribbean island come to mind? Sand, surf and thousands of post office boxes housing shell corporations? Some tax havens, like the Cayman Islands or Bermuda, fit that description. Many others ...

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Here’s why your law firm needs to be in the cloud (access required)

If you’re familiar with my column you know that I have been urging lawyers to learn about — and use —technology for over a decade now. I always stress how important it is for lawyers to educate themselves about the technologies available for ...

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The legal status of pets and recent changes in Md. law (access required)

The legal status of pets, and associated property rights for pet owners, is a changing landscape under Maryland law. Property rights related to pets has always been a complex issue, as domestic animals are considered a unique form of property ...

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How social entrepreneurs are changing Baltimore for the better

The economic news couldn’t be better, right? U.S. employers added 559,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate is falling. President Biden says his proposed $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan would create 19 million more jobs. The massive plan would rebuild roads ...

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Computers in the courtroom (access required)

The Editorial Advisory Board’s recent commentary, “The appearance of impartial justice,” was spot on, but it missed another glaring inequity — who can use computers in court and when. Yes, state’s attorneys sit inside locked courtrooms like potentates while everyone ...

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