News from BTLG:
|Internet Sales Tax—Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
In a vote on May 6, the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which would give states the power to require all out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on goods purchased online and shipped to its residents
|Merger v. Conversion: Out with the old, in with the new
Until recently, Maryland was one of a handful of states whose law did not allow business entities to convert from one entity form to another
|Employers Required to Use Updated I-9 or Face Penalties
As of May 7, 2013, all employers are required to use the new I-9 form
|The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013
The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 would amend the FLSA to allow private sector employers to provide compensatory time off in lieu of paying overtime compensation when a non-exempt employee works over forty hours in a workweek
|Arbitration in employment agreements; and beyond
Under Maryland law, arbitration provisions in employment contracts are enforceable, as long as they comply with Maryland contract law principles.
|Employment Law Update-Maryland Legislative Session
Maryland’s 2013 legislative session ended on April 8, 2013. Several pieces of employment related legislation were passed by the House and the Senate and are now awaiting the Governor’s signature to be signed into law.
|An Employers Liability for Payroll Company’s Failure to Remit Taxes
Accupay was not the first, nor will it likely be the last, payroll company to create tax problems for its clients
|Employee privacy: waiver of spousal privilege on employer systems
Employees should be cautioned when using computer systems belonging to an employer to communicate information that the employee considers privileged communications
|Arbitration: the finality of arbitration awards
Once arbitration has been completed and an award made, it is very rare that a party will be successful on a motion to have the arbitration award vacated.
|Website terms and conditions after Zappos
A recent trend has been the refusal of courts to enforce website ‘terms and conditions’ including those of Amazon, Zappos, and Overstock. A change in website service methodology can mitigate the risks posed by these recent court decision.
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