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Virginia Law Regarding Wrongful Termination

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In VanBuren v. Grubb, the plaintiff, Angela VanBuren, claims that her supervisor, Stephen Grubb, sexually harassed her. VanBuren alleges that she rejected Grubb’s repeated advances, which included inappropriate comments, touching, groping and kissing. When Grubb asked VanBuren whether she planned to stay with her husband and she answered affirmatively, he fired her. He provided… Read More »

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Tax Breaks for Your Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Tax planning is critical for businesses, and business owners should explore the tax incentives that are available with their attorneys before some of them expire. The U.S. Small Business Administration has compiled a list of tax breaks that are set to expire on December 31, 2013 unless Congress extends them: Equipment Purchase Deductions: Instead… Read More »

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Reducing Estate Taxes Through Comprehensive Estate Planning

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Although state estate taxes vary, estates under $5.25 million are currently exempt from paying federal estate taxes. Reducing the taxable estate to be under this threshold amount is one of the main objectives of estate planning, and there are many strategies an estate lawyer can use to help you achieve this. An important tool… Read More »

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Tips for Selling a Small Business

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Strategic planning is crucial to selling your business. An important step is drafting an accurate sales agreement that contains all relevant terms. The sales agreement should be developed with an attorney and should specify, among numerous other issues, everything a buyer intends to purchase. The U.S. Small Business Administration provides the following comprehensive and… Read More »

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Recent U.S. Supreme Court Arbitration Law Decisions

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Two recent Supreme Court decisions, Oxford Health Plans, LLC v. Sutter and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, have clarified issues regarding class arbitration. In 2010, the Supreme Court ruled in Stolt-Nielsen S.A. v. AnimalFeeds International Corp. that the Federal Arbitration Act bars class arbitration unless the parties affirmatively agree to it. This… Read More »

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Obtaining a Mechanics’ Lien in Maryland

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In most states, a person who has improved real property can obtain a mechanics’ lien from the court on the improved property if he or she is not paid. Courts tend to construe mechanics’ liens broadly to provide subcontractors with a remedy when they have already delivered materials or supplied the labor. In Maryland,… Read More »

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Ways an Employee May Ask for a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

If an individual with disabilities needs reasonable accommodation at their workplace, the individual must request the accommodation from the employer. When an employee makes their request, an employer should determine whether the employee’s medical condition falls within the parameters of disability under the ADA. Disability is defined by the recent amendments to the ADA… Read More »

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What Businesses with up to 50 Employees Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Numerous provisions of the Affordable Care Act are slated to go into effect in 2013 and 2014. Many of these provisions will affect employers with up to 50 employees, and it is critical for businesses to be prepared. The U.S. Small Business Administration delineated some of these major changes, which include: Small Business Health… Read More »

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The Basics of Following Labor Laws When Hiring Interns

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Internships at for-profit entities must comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department of Labor has issued a guide to help employers comply with the legal wage and overtime requirements of the FLSA. The law defines the term “employ” very broadly, and those who qualify as employees rather than trainees must be… Read More »

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Immigrant Visas for Religious Workers

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

There are two types of immigrant visas for religious workers in the United States. One is the SD, for ministers of religion. The second is the SR for certain religious workers. The SD and SR categories are distinct from the Temporary Religious Workers category. According to the Department of State, in order to qualify… Read More »

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