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  • Use of Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process

    By: A. Ari Ghosal

    This article originally appeared in the June issue of Association TRENDS and is reprinted with their permission. You are the hiring person at your organization.  As part of your hiring process, your organization considers an individual’s criminal history as a factor in whether to exclude...

  • Finance and Audit Committees

    By: Eileen Morgan Johnson, CAE

    This article was originally published in the June issue of Association TRENDS and is reprinted with permission. Most associations have at least one board committee that oversees the association’s money.  Some associations have divided the oversight duties and assigned them to multiple...

  • Chamber seeks changes to Md.'s business tax structure

    By: Herman B. Rosenthal

    Whiteford, Taylor & Preston’s Herman Rosenthal, a Senior Tax Partner who serves as Co-Chair of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Tax Policy Committee, spoke before the Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission on Wednesday, September 9.  Appearing with Chamber of...

  • Service Animals And The FHA

    The Fair Housing Act (“FHA”) applies to community associations and establishes the regulations with which private “housing providers” must comply. This article will explore the possible responses an association may have to a community association member requesting the use of a service animal under...

  • Legislative Update For Delaware

    By: Chad J. Toms

    The following items of legislation from the 2015 session may be of interest to Delaware Common Interest Communities:

  • Check Your Policies To Ensure They Are In Compliance with Current D.C. Employment Laws

    By: Jennifer S. Jackman, Tiffany M. Releford

    This article appeared in Association TRENDS, June 2015, and is reprinted with permission of the publisher. There have been several recent changes in D.C. significantly affecting wages, employer notice requirements, and records maintenance as well as changes providing more protection to pregnant...

  • Mind Your B's and F's: A Primer on Deferred Compensation Plans for Tax Exempts

    By: Mary Claire Chesshire

    This article appeared in Association TRENDS, June 2015, and is reprinted with permission of the publisher.

  • "You Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It!" Dickey's BBQ And Franchisees Stuck Litigating And Arbitrating

    By: David L. Cahn

    Takeaway: Before you enter a franchisee/franchisor agreement, try to devise an efficient and fair dispute resolution system so you don’t end up in this sticky situation.

  • NLRB Dismisses Petition To Unionize Northwestern Football Players

    By: Kevin C. McCormick

    Just how the dismissal of the petition to unionize some Northwestern University football players will affect other representation issues before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is uncertain, but one issue the Board didn’t touch is whether scholarship football players should be considered...

  • How To Tell If You Are "Doing Business" In A Foreign State And Why It Is Important To Know

    By: David L. Cahn

    In our previous article on the Moe’s Southwest Grill case, posted June 16, 2015, we explained the importance of complying with state filing requirements to maintain limited liability status in any state where your company is regularly doing business. The case demonstrated how a failure to do so...