A visitor to the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr’s home found a horseshoe hanging on the wall. In mock surprise he said to the man of science, “Surely it can’t be that you of all people believe a horseshoe can bring you luck?” “No," replied Bohr. “But I understand it brings you luck whether you believe in it or not.”

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Employment at Will and Employee Autonomy

A private employee who does not have an employment contract can be fired for any reason, or no reason at all, unless the firing violates public policy.  For example, an employee cannot be fired on account of race or sex or age. During the latter half of 2017, there...

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The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

After many years of trying to get legislation for paid sick leave off the ground, the Maryland General Assembly finally enacted the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act on January 12, 2018, overriding Governor Hogan’s veto. Generally, under the law, employers with 15...

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Productivity, the Labor Supply and Inflation

Forgive us a bit while we dabble in the law of economics—a subject of great interest to all of our business clients. If your sushi is not being made by robots, it soon will be. A $15,000 device, it is said, can churn out 200 perfect sushi rolls an hour instead of the...

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H&M Missed the Mark: Marketing Gone Wrong

You might remember Dove’s social media post that went viral in October 2017, showing a looping image of an African-American woman removing a dark brown t-shirt to reveal a white woman. Backlash ensued on social media and Dove quickly issued an apology admitting that...

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Under Armour v. Battle Fashions

Trademark infringement is not unheard of to Under Armour – although Under Armour is usually the one claiming infringement. The popular athletic company has brought several trademark infringement suits, including recent lawsuits against Puppy Armour, Inner Armour, Salt...

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Be Safe

A 43-year-old businessman was shot to death in front of his store while on the phone with his wife. This murder occurred less than 3 blocks from Harbor East in Baltimore the other evening. Baltimore has a very serious gun problem. There are over 325 million guns in...

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Maryland’s Gun Legislation—Safety Theatre

In late November, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in the assault rifle ban case, Kolbe v Hogan (nee, O’Malley). In doing so, the Supreme Court let stand the appellate court’s ruling upholding the...

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