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  • Delaware Legislation Update: The New Ombudsman

    By: Chad J. Toms

    On August 12, 2014, Delaware’s governor signed a bill into law creating an Office of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman within the Department of Justice.  What is the Ombudsman charged with doing, and how will it affect your community? Under the new law, the Ombudsman is empowered to help...

  • Is Your Community Association Sick Leave Policy in Compliance with District of Columbia Law?

    By: Tiffany M. Releford

    In November 2008, the District of Columbia enacted the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act of 2008 (“ASSLA”) which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, as well as safe leave for absences related to domestic violence or sexual abuse.  Effective March 2014, ASSLA was amended...

  • 63 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Four Named as "Lawyers of the Year"

    By: Thomas C. Barbuti, G. Scott Barhight, Jennifer R. Busse, Edward M. Buxbaum, John F. Carlton, Robert F. Carney, Mary Claire Chesshire, Jonathan E. Claiborne, Robert B. Curran, Raymond J. Diaz, Deborah H. Diehl, Gardner M. Duvall, Bradford F. Englander, Edwin G. Fee, Jr., Howard R. Feldman, Martin T. Fletcher, C. Allen Foster, Stephen F. Fruin, Jefferson C. Glassie, John B. Gontrum, Michael J. Grace, Peter D. Guattery, Michael E. Hastings, John A. Hayden III, Kenneth J. Ingram, Harry S. Johnson, Christopher A. Jones, Frank S. Jones, Jr., Robert D. Kalinoski, Thomas P. Kimmitt, Jr., Alexander W. Koff, George S. Lawler, Jennifer Ryan Lazenby, Edward U. Lee III, Jerald B. Lurie, Dana O. Lynch, Paul W. Madden, Richard J. Magid, Rose M. Matricciani, Jonathan Z. May, Albert J. Mezzanotte, Jr., Barry S. Neuman, Paul M. Nussbaum, Kenneth Oestreicher, Gary S. Posner, Brandy M. Rapp, Dennis M. Robinson, Jr., Herman B. Rosenthal, William F. Ryan, Jr., Joseph N. Schaller, Dennis J. Shaffer, Robert Sloan III, Dwight W. Stone II, Gregory M. Stone, Brent C. Strickland, Andrew J. Terrell, Steven E. Tiller, J. Daniel Vorsteg, Warren N. Weaver, Thomas J. Whiteford, William B. Whiteford, Thurman W. Zollicoffer, Jr.

    Baltimore – Sixty-three lawyers from Whiteford, Taylor & Preston have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 (copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken S.C.). The lawyers selected are based in the firm’s Maryland, Washington and Virginia offices....

  • NLRB Memoranda Encourage Cooperation Between OSHA, WHD and NLRB In Advising Employees of Possible Claims

    By: Steven E. Bers, Jeffrey C. Seaman

    Recent memoranda issued by the General Counsel of the NLRB’s Operations Management Division make it clear that OSHA, Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and the NLRB Regional Offices are going to be taking a more coordinated, less compartmentalized approach to addressing workplace complaints.  The...

  • Appeals Court Upholds "Silent Fraud" Jury Verdict under Franchise Investment Law

    By: David L. Cahn

    Take-away:  If your franchise offering document is silent on key issues, you can be liable if your people “oversell” to a potential franchisee.  Better to deal with the issue in carefully vetted writing than to be surprised by something your people say off the cuff.   

  • What's the Value-Add of a "Full-Service" Law Firm?

    By: David L. Cahn

    Personal Observations from a Lawyer in the Trenches Over the past decade I have been a solo legal services provider, then managing member of a boutique firm, and then a part of a much larger firm, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, since 2011.  So I have really seen the legal profession from all...

  • Enforcing Quality Standards in Hotel Franchise Agreements

    By: David L. Cahn

    Take-away. A franchisor’s diligence in conducting and documenting quality assurance inspections is as important as ever, particularly if the franchisor seeks to exercise its ultimate weapon – termination of the franchise agreement.   Prudent inspection and documentation practices are...

  • Ariana Stowe Receives Fulbright Award

    Whiteford, Taylor & Preston is delighted to announce that Ariana Stowe, who has been working in the Bethesda office since last July, has received a Fulbright Award. Ariana will represent the US as a cultural ambassador while she is overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between...

  • Are Your Membership Benefits Cutting It?

    By: Eileen Morgan Johnson

    Probably the vast majority of association membership benefits are the traditional ones – a publication of some sort, access to the association’s “members only” website, discounts on conference fees and purchases, access to group insurance programs, etc. While these benefits retain their popularity...

  • Are You Complying with Canada's New Anti-Spam Rules?

    By: Jefferson C. Glassie, Dorothy Deng

    Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation has gone into effect as of July 1, 2014, but there’s no need to panic if you know the basics. The majority of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) went into effect on July 1, 2014, and this has many U.S. associations and nonprofit organizations concerned. We are...