We are pleased to share this information, which MHLA is sending on behalf of Clearview Group LLC.
(Please note: This email does not constitute an endorsement by MHLA.)
Maryland Real Property Assessments on the Rise for Commercial Properties
The 2018 real property assessments throughout the State of Maryland are on the rise for nearly 752,000 residential and commercial properties. Values of residential homes rose an average of 5.8%; however, commercial properties rose a much greater 12.7% over the same three-year period since 2015.
Of all the counties in Maryland, Prince George’s County saw the highest uptick in assessed values with residential properties increasing by 21.4%, and commercial properties increasing by 10.6% over their previous assessed values. Other notable average increases in commercial assessments by county were 14.1% in Anne Arundel, 8.5% in Baltimore City, 11.7% in Baltimore County, and 15.5% in Howard County.
The deadline for filing real property assessment appeals is fast approaching on Monday, February 12th. If you are concerned with this year’s real property assessments, now is the time to challenge these assessments before it’s too late.
Clearview is more than happy to discuss the appeal process with you, and to answer any questions that you may have on our Real Property Consulting Services, as well as the other services in Clearview’s State and Local Tax (SALT) Practice (including personal property tax, sales & use tax, unclaimed property, and business license/ gross receipts tax consulting). It is important to note that our fees for real property consulting are strictly based on the success of the appeal, if we are not successful in reducing your tax assessment, then you are not invoiced for our services.
If you wish to discuss any of this in much greater detail, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 667-207-8711 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Lutsky, Principal
11155 Red Run Blvd., Suite 410
Owings Mills, MD 21117
tel (667) 207-8711
mobile (410) 782-9030
This message was sent via email to MHLA Members on 1-24-18
An update on the recently passed “Maryland Healthy Working Families Act” was provided by Darryl McCallum from Shawe Rosenthal at yesterday’s Anne Arundel County Regional Meeting . I am sharing the attached information with all MHLA members, regardless of your location, since this law applies to every employer in the state and is currently scheduled to take effect on February 11, 2018. Please click here to view the attachment.
Additionally, emergency legislation has been introduced that would postpone enforcement of this new law by 60 days. However, compliance – including the commencement of SSL accrual – is still required as of the February 11 effective date.
We continue to recommend that you familiarize yourself, your HR and payroll departments with the many technical requirements of this legislation, as it requires specific record keeping and more.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Amy W. Rohrer, CAE
President & CEO
Maryland Hotel Lodging Association
MHLA Legislative Alert: Maryland lawmakers override veto of House Bill 1. Paid sick and safe leave to become law in 30 days.
House Bill 1: Labor and Employment—Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, is legislation that MHLA opposed during the 2017 Legislative Session but passed and was vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan. Governor Hogan’s veto was overridden by the House of Delegates yesterday and the Maryland Senate today, and therefore goes into effect on February 11, 2018. We recommend that you familiarize yourself, your HR and payroll departments regarding the tenets of this legislation, as it requires specific record keeping. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Amy Rohrer, President & CEO
Maryland Hotel Lodging Association
What the Bill does:
HB 1 (2017 Session) Delegates Clippinger and Davis, LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT – MARYLAND HEALTHY WORKING FAMILIES ACT
Requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide employees with “earned sick and safe leave” (“SSL”) that is paid at the same rate as the employee normally earns; requiring employers with 14 or fewer employees to provide an employee with unpaid SSL:
» in a two-week pay period, works fewer than 24 hours;
» in a one-week pay period, works fewer than a combined total of 24 hours in the current and the immediately preceding pay period; or
» in a semi-monthly pay period (paid twice a month regardless of the number of weeks in a pay period), works fewer than 26 hours;
» for paternity or maternity leave;
» to care for or treat the employee’s mental or physical illness, injury, or condition;
» to obtain preventive medical care for the employee or employee’s “family member”;
» to care for a “family member” with a mental or physical illness, injury, or condition; or
» in the case of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking committed against the employee or the employee’s “family member”, to obtain for the employee or the employee’s “family member”:
»“family member” is defined to include: a biological child, an adopted child, a foster child, or a stepchild of the employee; (2) a child for whom the employee has legal or physical custody or guardianship; (3) a child for whom the employee stands in loco parentis, regardless of the child’s age; (4) a biological parent, an adoptive parent, a foster parent, or a stepparent of the employee or of the employee’s spouse; (5) the legal guardian of the employee; (6) an individual who acted as a parent or stood in loco parentis to the employee or the employee’s spouse when the employee or the employee’s spouse was a minor; (7) the spouse of the employee; (8) a biological grandparent, an adopted grandparent, a foster grandparent, or a step grandparent of the employee; (9) a biological grandchild, an adopted grandchild, a foster grandchild, or a step grandchild of the employee; or (10) a biological sibling, an adopted sibling, a foster sibling or a stepsibling of the employee.
» an employer may not be required to pay a tipped employee more than the applicable minimum wage for SSL;
» if an employee employed in the restaurant industry, who is compensated as a tipped employee and who would be entitled to SSL, (1) needs to take SSL, (2) prefers and is able to work additional hours or trade shifts with another employee in the same pay period or the following pay period; (3) requires the employer to arrange coverage of the shift, and (4) contacts the employer to arrange coverage of a shift, then the employer may offer the employee a choice of:
» an employer may not be assessed a civil penalty by the Commissioner under this subtitle due to an unintentional payroll error or written notice error caused by a third–party payroll service provider with whom the employer contracted for services;
» the Commissioner may request the Attorney General to sue on the employee’s behalf; or
» an employee may bring an action within 3 years and, in the discretion of the court, recover up to treble actual damages, plus punitive damages, plus attorneys’ fees and costs, plus injunctive relief;
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2018 FEBRUARY 11, 2018