Pessin Katz Law, P.A.

Important Tax Provisions of Extended Highway Trust Fund Act

The “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015? (P.L. 114-41, “the Act”) became law on July 31, 2015. Designed as a 3-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund and related measures, the Act…more
| Business Organizations, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

FedEx Appeals Court Loss – The Implications

On July 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of FedEx drivers who claimed the Company’s treatment of them as independent contractors violated the Kansas Wage Payment Act…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

On-Line Fundraising, Some Tax Implications

Many have participated in, or know someone who has launched, a “Kickstarter” campaign or other online means of securing funds for a project. Others may have encountered a request for contributions to a “fund” for some tragic…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Taxation

New Proposed Rules on Overtime

The President recently announced an “expansion” of the coverage of overtime rules to employees. In that regard, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (the “DOL”) issued proposed updated regulations governing the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Sony Data Breach Class Action Survives Motion to Dismiss Suit

As previously reported upon by PK Law, Michael Corona and eight other individuals (“Plaintiffs”) filed a class action on March 2, 2015 against Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. (“Sony”). (U.S. District Court, Central District of…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Transferring Title to a Motor Vehicle in Maryland at Death? Be Careful!

Many people try to avoid probate. Often, title to assets is held in joint names with right of survivorship so that the surviving joint tenant inherits property without the need for probate. But then there is that pesky…more
| Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Some Tax Implications of Same Sex Marriage

By now, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges holding that the Fourteenth Amendment requires all states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex has been widely reported upon, including in the…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Maryland’s Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1

As of July 1, Maryland’s minimum wage has increased to $8.25 per hour. The raise is a result of legislation that was passed in May of 2014 that calls for the minimum wage to ultimately be raised to $10.10 by July of 2018. The…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Affirms Marriage for Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed once and for all that the right to marry is a fundamental right and therefore, no State may deprive a same-sex couple of that right, and…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Family Law, Labor & Employment Law

Update on Estate and Gift Tax Proposals

Congressional Proposals: H.R. 1105, Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, was passed by the House, as amended, on Apr. 16, 2015. The bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Vacation Homes and Taxation

Summer is in full swing and PK Law thought it an appropriate time to discuss the tax implications of owning a vacation home. The general benefits of such ownership are obvious: a cheaper family vacation over the short term;…more
| Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

“Uber” Ruling Jars “Sharing Economy”

On June 3, 2015, Barbara Ann Berwick received a favorable ruling from a hearing officer for the California Labor Commissioner (the “CLC”) that the “ride sharing” company Uber must reimburse her for certain expenses reimbursable…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

Medical Residents Held Subject to FICA

In the case of University of Texas System v. U.S., 759 F.3d 437, (2014) the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2015 declined to review a decision of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which, affirming the district court, held…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law, Health, Taxation

At the Intersection of Technology and Law: Recent High Court Rulings Related to Social Media.

Once Again at the Intersection of Technology and Law: Maryland’s Court of Appeals Elaborates on Authentication of Documents Related to Social Media. “The rapid rise of social networking websites, themselves a branch of…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery

Wage Theft Reaches Nail Salons

To address wage theft, among other work related issues in nail salons, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently imposed “wage bond” or increased insurance coverage for unpaid wages requirements on salon owners. The wage bond…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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