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What Can Your Employer Ask You Related to Your Health During COVID-19?

Posted by Molly E. Cioffi | Apr 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 21, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) revised its Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide additional guidance in light of COVID-19. Now, it is important to note that this is not the law, but rather guidance from the EEOC. According to the guidance from the EEOC, employers may take their employees temperature since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the “CDC”) have acknowledged the community spread of COVID-19. However, it is important to note, that this information is subject to confidentiality requirements under the ADA.

Do you need to care for a sick family member and afraid of losing your job?

Posted by Molly E. Cioffi | Apr 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, certain employers must provide their employees with paid sick leave. The Act also expanded family medical leave for specific issues related to COVID-19. If an employee is unable to work because they are quarantined due to a government order or the advice of a health care provider, are having COVID-19 symptoms, and are seeking a medical diagnosis, then they are eligible for up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at their regular rate of pay.

Did You Lose Your Job Because of COVID-19?

Posted by Molly E. Cioffi | Apr 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

It can be devastating financially and emotionally to be laid off. When you add on the additional stress that COVID-19 presents, the circumstances can be overwhelming. To help with this, the President recently signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, which expands access to funds for unemployment benefits.

District Court of Maryland's Updated COVID-19 Policy

Posted by Patrick J. Hughes | Apr 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

On March 27, 2020, Chief Judge Morrissey of the Maryland District Court revised the policy on Interim Peace, Protective, and Extreme Risk Protective Orders. The order allows for all new protective, peace and extreme risk protective orders petitions to be heard by commissioners. If the Court grants the petition, they will issue an interim order.

Marijuana in the Military

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Mar 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

Becoming legal everywhere but the military Has your state recently made pot legal?  That may make it legally accessible to your civilian friends but as a military member you need to remember that it is still illegal under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 112a, to use, poss...

Best Interest According to Who?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Feb 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

If you are going through a custody or divorce proceeding involving children, you may have heard the phrase, “the best interest of the child.” Well, what does that really mean and how is it relevant to your family law case? Maryland courts decide child custody disputes by making a finding as to...

Military Members Can Sue the Military

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Feb 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Did you know that, as a uniformed member of the armed services, you CAN still sue the military?  Many military members are unaware of this, which may stem from a number of misbeliefs, including an overgeneralization of the Feres Doctrine which has long prevented service members from recovering ag...

USERRA and Potential Employers

Posted by Matt Osborn | Feb 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many people know that the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) applies to current employers.  But did you know that USERRA applies to potential future employers as well? USERRA prohibits discrimination in employment based on an individual's prior service in the uniformed s...

Mike on Monday-Toxic Mold!

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Feb 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Watch out!  The mildew smell in your bathroom may be more than meets the eye. Recently, PLG reviewed a military mold case involving a musty smell coming from a bathroom. After many unfulfilled demands for remediation, testing confirmed pervasive toxic mold growth in the bathroom, including ele...

Meet the Team: Matt Osborn

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Jan 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

It's time to get to know the team! We sit down with attorneys and team members at PLG, to learn more about their interests, expertise, and goals. This month, we're introducing our newest team member, Matt Osborn!  Matt Osborn (“Matt”) is a leading appellate and military law attorney with over ...

Marital Contracts, Part II: Separation Agreements

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the first part of this series on marital contracts, we discussed agreements that are entered into in anticipation of marriage – more commonly known as pre-nups. For the second part of the series, we are going to focus on agreements that are entered into because of divorce, also known as separa...

Part 3 – The Probate Process: Intestate Succession

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Dec 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: This is Part 3 of our series on the Probate Process. To learn more, start with Part 1: The Will and Part 2: Ways to Contest a Will.  What happens when you don't make a plan for your estate? In our previous blog, Part I – The Probate Process: The Will, we stressed the importan...

What makes up a jury?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Dec 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

“I've been called for jury duty—now what?!” If you've ever seen the television show 30 Rock, you may remember the episode where Liz Lemon gets called for jury duty and acts crazy so that she isn't picked to be a juror. She dresses up like Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise and says she...

Preferring v. Referring Charges in Military Courts

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you or someone you know are faced with a court-martial, it is important to be familiar with how a court-martial works. It undoubtedly may be a very scary time in your life. This blog will explain two distinct initial stages of a court-martial, the preferring of charges and the referral of char...

Marital Contracts, Part I: Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

A couple can enter into a contract various times throughout the marriage. Part I of this 3-part series on marital contracts will focus on the first chronological type of marital contract that a couple can enter into, which is a contract or agreement entered into before the couple marries, usually...

STOP THAT EXPERT! How To Challenge Expert Witnesses

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

For those of you who have seen My Cousin Vinny, you may remember the epic scene when Vinny calls his fiancé, Mona Lisa Vito, to the stand as an expert in general automotive knowledge. During a high-stakes criminal trial, Vinny defends his cousin and the cousin's friend, who have been accused o...

Are You Being Paid The Right Wage?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Nov 06, 2019 | 0 Comments

You work hard and it is important to make sure that you are properly paid. For certain people, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) mandates a federal minimum wage. It also imposes a duty on employers to pay employees overtime wages of one and a half times the regular hourly rate for each hour w...

Property Ownership with Multiple Owners

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Oct 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may be surprised to know that there are different ways in which multiple people can own real property together. Plus, each way has its own requirements and implications. Generally, there are three main types of property ownership involving multiple owners: tenants in common, joint tenants, an...

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