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The month of April brings the end of the Maryland General Assembly Session. This year brought a couple of labor issues that small business owners need to be aware of.  The first is that Maryland has joined a growing number of jurisdictions who have passed a...

A received a fantastic piece of employment law advice recently from Penn Dodson, which I wanted to share with you all: Be Nice. A lot of times we focus on the law and eliminating risk, that we get wrapped up and forget that these are...

One of the things I often preach about when it comes to contracts is do not put any kind of phrase or clause that you are not prepared to enforce 100%.  I bring this up because I had an opportunity to meet a business owner who...

Nurses and medical doctors are the two most trusted and respected professions in America according to a Gallup poll released in December 2018.  Those polled were asked to rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in various professional fields.  Eighty-four percent of respondents rated...

If you're using Windows 7 on your computer, you'll want to take a look at this latest video. Big changes are coming and you must assess your risk in 2019. We are committed to bringing you the up-to-date information in legal and business world. Take...

It is that time of the year. I don’t mean baseball -- I mean hiring summer interns.  I’m reminded of this because my colleague posted something that is important to remind people. Summer intern does not equal unpaid or free labor. In fact, in most situations,...

Do you ever get the feeling that government regulators are not telling you the whole story regarding the standards to which your agency will be held?  Have you ever said to yourself, “If only I knew what the regulators and auditors were looking for, I...

The United States Department of Labor is at it again. On April 1, of all days (no, it’s not a joke), the Department of Labor issued a proposed rulemaking on joint employer status under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  First things first, what is a joint...

I know what you're thinking: how could teenage drivers and small biz owners possibly have anything in common? When my teenage daughter was learning how to drive, I found myself saying "What did you do that?!" in a moment of panic. Over the years, I've...

This month Matt is back on the Design Domination podcast with Colleen Gratzer. As a designer or a creative it is critical to know what your rights are and what you can do if your work has been plagiarized. In this episode, Matt explains that...