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Pandemic’s impact on commercial real estate varying by sector


The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the commercial real estate market, according to national news reports that offer almost nothing but gloom and doom on the subject. The Federal Reserve last year singled out commercial real estate as especially weak. ...

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Construction industry faces another tough year

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The construction industry, nationally as well as in Maryland, faces another tough year as the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak continues into the spring. Industry analysts expect less volatility in the construction sector in 2021, but number crunchers ...

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Off the Record with Sloane Brown: Dr. John Chessare, GBMC HealthCare


Dr. John Chessare, President/CEO of GBMC HealthCare, joins Sloane Brown to talk about his “positive” leadership style, and how that’s helped him and his organization stay on keel through the COVID crisis and a recent cyber attack.

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Supply chain integrity critical during COVID-19 pandemic

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2010 file photo, production team member Darryl Ashley installs an inner dash silencer in a Camry on the assembly line at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. For the first time in more than 20 years, U.S. automakers are questioning a pillar of manufacturing: The practice of bringing parts to assembly lines right before they're used. The March 2011 earthquake knocked out many Japanese parts makers, resulting in factory shutdowns, including this one for a few days, and model shortages around the world. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Supply chain integrity has become a hot topic during the COVID-19 pandemic. With shortages of various products, it’s become critical as companies may have to turn elsewhere to find what they need. “Across the board, we’ve been seeing supply chain ...

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Employment law likely to shift to pro-worker under Biden, experts say

Melissa Jones (Submitted photo)

With President Joe Biden’s administration in Washington now entering its second month, legal experts are getting at least a sense of the new direction labor issues are likely to take. “From an employment law perspective, Biden got off to a ...

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Do companies need protection if employees get COVID at work?

Ricarra Jones of 1199 SEIU (In red at the mic) with Del. Diana Fennell, D-prince George’s County (left) and Sen. Cory McCray, D-Baltimore City (on right over Jones’s Shoulder) in January 2019. Fennell and McCray are the House and Senate lead sponsors of the minimum wage bill.

Last summer, as the number of COVID-19 cases was spiraling, two U.S. senators introduced what was known as the “Safe to Work Act.” Designed to protect businesses and other enterprises from what was seen as an explosion of “insubstantial” pandemic-related ...

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Beware remote hiring pitfalls

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The pandemic has upended employment across the country, leaving millions of people jobless and forcing millions more to work from home. The pandemic also has upended many of the usual rules for hiring employees, making hiring more often a virtual ...

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Employers need clear social media policies for employees

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

When insurgents stormed the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6, many posted about the experience on their social media channels with some even livestreaming the event. The fallout from their actions, however, was swift. Not only were some arrested on federal ...

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COVID-19 pandemic has created a whole new lobbying world

Caryn York (File photo)

One of the most crucial aspects of lobbying is getting face time with policymakers. Sometimes it is grabbing a few precious moments as they walk the halls of the Maryland State House. Other times it is chatting with them about ...

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5 Women Who Influenced Me: Karsonya Wise Whitehead

Karsonya Wise Whitehead (Submitted photo)

Every morning I take a moment to give thanks, to reflect on who I am and who I want to be by the end of the day. I was thinking about all of the women who have influenced me as ...

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