New Maryland Sick and Safe Leave

  The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act now requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave for certain employees. Employers with 14 or less employees must provide unpaid sick and safe leave for certain employees. Up to this point, Maryland Employers have not been required to offer earned paid or unpaid sick leave. The governor actually vetoed this bill, but it was overridden and passed anyway. Employees can now earn sick and safe leave in Maryland. Beginning February 11th, 2018 or whenever an employee starts a job after that date, an employee begins to collect sick and safe leave. At least one hour is earned for every 30 hours an employee works, but no Read More

Are You a Landlord in Baltimore? Listen Up! Big Changes Could Be Coming

Price and Keir assists numerous landlords and tenants in a variety of real estate issues.  A new bill could require more inspections for Baltimore City landlords. This would be the most significant update to rental housing regulations in Baltimore City since they were written half a century ago in 1966. The bill calls for licensing and inspecting ALL residential properties in Baltimore, not just larger buildings with three or more units, as is currently required. This means one and two unit rental properties will now require mandatory inspections. Currently, those properties only get inspected when tenants complain of violations. The goal is to improve overall rental quality in Baltimore by taking a more proactive approach, so Baltimore will follow some Read More

New Year’s Resolution Promo!

It’s that time of year again for that annual tradition – The New Year’s Resolution. Whether yours is losing weight, quitting smoking, or paying down debt, resolutions typically involve subjects that are unpleasant and sometimes difficult to achieve. In our practice, the most common unpleasant topic that is delayed involves estate planning. Who really wants to discuss guardianship issues of young children in the event of a catastrophic car crash? Or end-of-life issues if one person becomes seriously ill or incapacitated? At Price & Keir, we try to make the process as easy as possible. We have developed a detailed estate planning questionnaire that navigates our clients through the most common issues for persons contemplating an estate plan. The questionnaire not Read More

Do Not Resuscitate Tattoo

A story about a man’s unique tattoo went viral last week. An unidentified, unconscious 70-year-old man was rushed to the Emergency Room at University of Miami Hospital. The hospital began to try to help the man, but upon removing his shirt, they found a tattoo reading: “Do Not Resuscitate” with a signature below it. Legally, in the state of Florida, Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders must be printed on yellow paper and signed by a doctor.  DNR orders, like all medical directives, should be easily amended (whereas a tattoo is obviously permanent and expensive to remove). The man arrived alone, unidentified, and could not communicate, so the tattoo was the only indication of any end-of-life wishes. When considering their options, Read More

Does Your Company Have a Sexual Misconduct Policy?

There is no time like the present for companies to review their sexual misconduct policies. The first step in such a review is to take a look at your employee handbook (assuming your company has one).  In the handbook, among other things such as vacation and sick time procedures, your company’s sexual misconduct policies and reporting procedures should be clearly explained.  It simply isn’t enough for an employer to have a blanket policy prohibiting sexual misconduct in the workplace (which should be a given).  You must also have clear procedures for handling workplace harassment claims. What should be included in your policy? -How sexual harassment would be handled within the company. For example, a confidential investigation, no retaliation on the Read More