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The Weekly Scenario: Estate Tax Liabilities – Protecting a Personal Representative When There are Retirement Plan Accounts

In certain situations where a person has a large retirement plan account, such as an IRA, and a substantial estate tax liability, but insufficient probate assets to pay the estate tax, certain precautions may be in order. The personal representative of the estate is responsible to pay the federal and state estate tax to the…

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What Now for Employers? CDC Issues New Recommendations Regarding Isolation

So, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance shortening the recommended time that people should quarantine from 10 days to 5 days based on certain conditions. The CDC’s new guidance says: For those who test positive for COVID-19, but don’t have symptoms, the quarantine period may be reduced from 10 days to 5…

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OK at Work: Employment Outlook and COVID 19 for 2022

As employees get back to work after the holidays, COVID-19 is continuing to be a consistent disrupter to business operations. With state, local, and CDC guidance changing rapidly with the emergence of the Omicron variant and large volumes of employees testing positive for the virus, employers are back to making tough choices regarding how to…

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Do You Need to Pay Employees to Wait on Equipment? What to Know.

For many industries, working on a computer is integral to getting things done. Sometimes, technology can be slow – causing delays for both employees and employers. Some employers have taken the approach that waiting for equipment to start/launch does not constitute “work” – and, therefore, should not be paid. However, a recent decision from the…

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Read & Share: Key Ingredients to a New Year’s Celebration

Key Ingredients to a New Year’s Celebration     Even though New Year’s celebrations may be subdued due to Covid-19 once again, many Americans will probably still get together to welcome 2022 and say goodbye to what turned out to be another year dominated by the pandemic. According to data from Statista’s Global Consumer Survey, wishing…

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Employment Practice Playbook: Client Spotlight – Heiler Painting – Part Two

Offit Kurman Labor and Employment attorney, Susie Cirilli, brings you the video series “Employment Practice Playbook: Client Spotlight.” The brief video interviews feature standout clients doing extraordinary things to help their businesses shine in their respective industries. Ms. Cirilli highlights business owners and leaders and allows them to tell their stories. This initiative takes a unique…

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Employment Practice Playbook: Client Spotlight — Swarthmore Pizza & Restaurant — Part Two

Offit Kurman Labor and Employment attorney, Susie Cirilli, brings you the video series “Employment Practice Playbook: Client Spotlight.” The brief video interviews feature standout clients doing extraordinary things to help their businesses shine in their respective industries. Ms. Cirilli highlights business owners and leaders and allows them to tell their stories. This initiative takes a unique…

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DC’s Indoor Dining Vaccine Mandate: What the Industry Needs to Know

In response to rising COVID-19 case rates, on December 22, 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order for the hospitality industry to mandate proof of vaccination before entrance for all customers over the age of 12. Who’s Covered: Hospitality employers, including, restaurants, bars, and nightclub establishments. Who else? Coffee shops and fast-food establishments that have seating…

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The Weekly Scenario: How to Avoid Unintentionally Disinheriting a Family Member

When an account owner dies, the assets go directly to the beneficiaries named on the account. This overrides the will or trust. Therefore, you should use care in coordinating your overall estate plan. You don’t want the wrong person ending up with the financial benefits. Too many stories to count where the individual remarried after…

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EEOC Confirms that Effects of COVID-19 May Be a Disability under the Americans with Disabilities

In guidance released on 12/14/21, that is frankly not a surprise to me as an employment lawyer dealing with Americans with Disabilities Act issues, the EEOC has opined that COVID-19 may cause a disability. The guidance is important because courts will look to the EEOC’s opinion on the subject when ruling on this issue (although…

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