Blogs by Jerry D Miller

Posted on Wed, 2018-01-31 13:11 by Jerry D Miller in Business Law

The Healthy Working Families Act is now the law in Maryland.    


Maryland businesses with 15 or more employees are required to provide paid “sick and safe” leave at the rate of at least one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to a minimum of at least 40 hours of paid leave per year.  Businesses with less than 15 employees are required to provide unpaid sick and safe leave that accrues at the same rate.  


Employees eligible to receive sick and safe leave benefits are those 18 years and older who work at least 12 hours per week.

Posted on Thu, 2016-08-18 13:07 by Jerry D Miller in Business Law


Significant economic indicators continue to support the proposition that new business startup activity is on the rise.  On August 4, 2016, the Kauffman Foundation released the 2016 Kauffman Index of Startup Activity, its highly respected annual report which focuses on new business creation. 


According to the Index, entrepreneurship in the United States rose for the second year in a row in 2015.  This a mere two years after the index plunged to its lowest level in two decades.


The foundation noted, in a development of particular significance, that more new businesses are being started out of desire as opposed to need. 


Posted on Fri, 2015-05-15 15:58 by Jerry D Miller in


If you own a business, there’s a good chance you’ve been faced with the independent contractor vs. employee dilemma. The decision isn’t always an easy one to make and since an incorrect designation can have significant negative consequences, it’s best not to decide in haste or purely on the basis of economics. Here are some things to consider the next time the issue comes across your desk:  

Posted on Fri, 2013-11-08 17:27 by Jerry D Miller in Business Services

Welcome to post number 2 in my primer for the new business owner series. In my last post we discussed doing business as a sole proprietor.  In today’s installment we turn to the limited liability company or LLC.  By a wide margin, LLC’s are the preferred choice of entity for most small business owners.  The benefits of operating as an LLC are numerous and include the following:

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