An employment contract protects the interests of both the employer and employee, while stipulating the working responsibilities and overall environment the employee should expect. Here, the business law attorneys at Snee, Lutche, Helmlinger & Spielberger explain the basic components of employment contracts. Stipulate the Responsibilities of The Position One of the most important parts of…

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Although many believe that a non-profit is exempt as soon as it is established, this is not the case. A non-profit must file for tax-exempt status, with the IRS. Here, the business and non-profit law attorneys at Snee, Lutche, Helmlinger & Spielberger explain how a non-profit may file for tax-exempt status. Tax-exempt status refers to…

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Discrimination and sexual harassment are serious workplace concerns, and can have major legal implications if not handled in a proper and timely manner. Here, the legal professionals at SLHS detail methods to handle these types of complaints. What is the Legal Definition of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination? Sexual harassment is considered any unwelcome sexual advance…

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The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees the right to take time off for a variety of reasons. Here, the legal professionals at Snee, Lutche, Helmlinger & Spielberger detail what those reasons are as well as clarify other issues regarding FMLA. Eligibility for FMLA Employees who fall into the following circumstances are…

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Hiring independent contractors has become necessary for many companies and prominent within entire industries. But, many contractors are actually treated like employees, for which there is a large difference under the law. Here, the employment law attorneys at SLHS provide considerations for hiring an independent contractor. There are distinct differences between employees and independent contractors.…

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“New overtime rules that would increase the pay for over 4 million American workers were supposed to take effect next week. Businesses have been preparing to meet those regulations. But this week, a federal judge blocked that Labor Department order.” Read the full NPR report here. 

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In a 15-page memo released last summer, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) sought to help employers and legal officials better understand the difference between an independent contractor and an employee. However, this clarification has had further implications on filing federal employment taxes, in addition to how an employer must pay and offer benefits…

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Neither Maryland state or United States federal laws require employers to provide breaks for most employees—including breaks for meals. The employment law attorneys at Snee, Lutche, Helmlinger & Spielberger, P.A. have provided this information to help you understand Maryland employee break laws. Do Employers Have to Provide Breaks? It may surprise most people that, unlike…

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The attorneys at Snee, Mahoney, Lutche & Helmlinger P.A. discuss the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s updated guidance on pregnancy discrimination within the workplace. In March of 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on the case of Young v. UPS, establishing that a pregnant employee can claim a prima facie case of disparate treatment if her employer…

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As the seasons change, atmospheric pressure and conditions reach an ideal state for creating severe weather systems such as hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes and blizzards. It is important to know the employer guidelines regarding business operations and compensation in the event that a severe weather system strikes your region.  The emergence of severe weather requires…

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