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Handling Your Child’s Parent-Teacher Conference, and Other Educational Decision-Making, After a Divorce

February 22, 2019

How you and your ex-spouse handle educational decision-making for your child after the divorce depends on who has legal custody of the child. Before a divorce, as parents, you and your spouse had joint input into educational decisions for your child. After the divorce, your ability to make educational decisions for your child is governed by your separation agreement or the court’s order.

Saturday Side Hustle: What is “Natural”? – Part 2

February 22, 2019

Let’s pick back up on our discussion of what’s “natural”. I mentioned the FDA has not yet dropped the ball,…

Friday Factoid Quiz: Fairy Tales

February 21, 2019

ebruary 26th is National Fairy Tale Day!  When an original version of a legendary story is first published, the writer has created what can become a highly valuable work.  Although the copyright in an original published version of a fairy tale is limited to the creator’s words and/or images, others may freely create adaptions of this work after the copyright in the original work has expired.  To celebrate this occasion, test your knowledge of some of the world’s most famous fairy tales.

Lactation Breaks At Work and the Law

February 21, 2019

Let’s talk briefly about lactation break policies.  Passage of lactation laws is a national trend among states and municipalities.  In general, the laws provide that employers will provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate a female employee’s need to express breast milk for the employee’s infant child up to a certain age.

D.C. Council Passes Sports Betting Bill

February 20, 2019

On Tuesday February 19, 2019, the DC Council passed the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 (B 22-944), which permits retail, online and mobile sports gambling in the District. While the bill is subject to mayoral and Congressional review and approval, there were emergency measures also passed that will kick things into gear today.

Building the Wall: Suing Based on Eminent Domain

February 20, 2019

President Trump’s declaration of national emergency announced recently has specific legal consequences for landowners on the border. Under Eminent Domain law, the government can “take” private property for public use – but must provide landowners with just compensation. 

Maryland’s Minimum Wage Is Poised to Increase — Is Your Business Ready?

February 19, 2019

If your business has employees in Maryland, get ready to start issuing pay raises. The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering a bill that would steadily increase the state’s minimum wage by approximately 50% in four years. Maryland’s current minimum wage is $10.10 per hour, $2.85 higher than the federal minimum established by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Offit Kurman Attorney Seymour Stern Voted Best Lawyer in Frederick County

February 19, 2019

Readers of Frederick Magazine recently voted Offit Kurman attorney Seymour Stern the best lawyer in Frederick County, Maryland. Mr. Stern appears in the “Best of Frederick 2019” list in the magazine’s February issue.

The Weekly Scenario: Online Will Programs

February 18, 2019

Question: I’m interested in having a Will drawn up.  How good are the online Will programs?

Read Delete: The World’s Most Innovative Fintech Companies 2019

February 18, 2019

The world’s top fintech companies, otherwise known as companies that provide financial technology services, have two things in common: they are using technology to simplify financial transactions and because of that, they are getting a lot of attention from investors. The growth of the fintech market has seen a drastic increase over the last decade, with 39 of the top companies receiving more than $100 million in outside funding.