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Year-end marketing ‘do’s and don’ts’


‘Tis the season to review and rapidly implement your year-end marketing and public relations strategies. From thanking your business referrals to effectively not annoying others by the misuse of your social media contacts lists, there are a few extra “do’s ...

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Oral argument tips from top Md. judges


Remember the wise words of the great appellate advocate John W. Davis: If fish could talk, no one would ask an angler how to catch a fish. But judges can talk. So let’s go straight to our judges on how ...

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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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Virus shouldn’t be Biden’s sole economic focus


Three formidable challenges await President-elect Joe Biden’s new chief economic adviser. The first involves the short term, steering the U.S. economy from Inauguration Day to the point that the COVID-19 vaccine is in wide distribution. Then comes adjusting to the ...

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This immigration policy needs attention


With the end of President Donald Trump’s administration in sight, immigration advocates and activists are looking to the Biden transition team to see what actions the new president will take to protect immigrant rights. He might start with a policy ...

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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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