CPE COURSE: Worker’s Misclassification & Wage Theft: What Accountants, Controllers and CFO’s Need to Know

Employees cannot afford to be out of compliance with regulatory guidance pertaining to worker classifications. Government lawyers and attorneys representing employees are more aggressive than ever. On October 2nd at 8:00am, the Maryland Association of CPA’s, along with Pessin Katz Law and Hertzbach & Company, will host an informative CPE training seminar on “Worker’s Misclassification and Wage Theft” in their Towson office located at 901 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 710, Towson, MD 21204.

Join Pessin Katz Law attorneys Leslie Stellman, Ed O’Meally and Gregory Weiner, along with Rivka Bier from Hertzbach & Company, and Joan Vines with BDO, for an in-depth look at the topics of IRS guidance, financial/legal risks of non-compliance, favorable settlement programs, and how to mitigate the risks associated with worker misclassification and nonpayment of overtime.

This CPE training seminar is designed for accountants, payroll personal, controllers, CFO’s, business owners and attorneys. Participants of this seminar will have an understanding of government rules applied to determine who are employees, who are independent contractors, and when employers are obligated to pay overtime wages. They will then be better able to assess risk exposure, and be familiar with relief programs available under IRS guidelines. The seminar will count for four (4) CPE training credits.

To register for this seminar or if you have questions, please call The Maryland Association of CPA’s at (410) 296-6250.

Estate Planning Seminar To Discuss Wills, Trusts & Other Estate Issues With PK Law Attorney Helen M. Smith

PK Law attorney Helen M. Smith will host an estate planning seminar in the firm’s seminar room located at 901 Dulaney Valley Road, Suite 400, Towson, MD 21204, on Tuesday, September 24th at 10:00am. Paid parking is available in the Sheraton Hotel garage.

Ms. Smith will discuss Trusts vs. Wills, “Who Needs a Will”, Estate Tax Issues and Other Estate Planning Questions.

This seminar is free, but registration is required. To register contact Rhonda King at 410.938.8800 or at rking@pklaw.com.

Unable to make this date?  Check PK Law’s website for future seminars or contact Ms. Smith directly at 410.339.5789 or hsmith@pklaw.com to schedule an appointment.

Workshop Discussing Defense of Marriage Act & Maryland State Law With PK Law Attorney Helen Smith

On Saturday, September 21, 2013 PK Law Estate Planning Attorney Helen Smith will join Financial Advisor Mike Engler and CPA Carole Wiedorfer to discuss how DOMA & Maryland law affect your personal finances, taxes and estate planning. The workshop will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., with registration at 9:30 a.m. at the Harbor Side Hall in DuBurns Arena, 3100 Boston Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21224. Seating is limited. Please RSVP by calling 410.243.8070 or email tim@compridefa.com to reserve your spot.

Light refreshments will be served. Plenty of free parking available in the arena parking lot.

David Pessin to Present at MACPA Annual Conference

On Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, PK Law Member, David Pessin will present “Estate Planning and Estate Tax Update” at the Maryland Association of CPA’s (MACPA) Annual Conference at Martin’s West. 

For more information on the presentation or to discuss Mr. Pessin’s availability to present contact information@pklaw.com.

E-Filing Heading to Maryland

By:  Tiffany S. Franc, Esquire                                                          tfranc@pklaw.com

Beginning Spring 2014 Maryland will be testing an electronic filing system in Anne Arundel County[1]. This will mean mandatory e-filing for all attorneys and judicial staff, and paper filing for the public, but the Clerk’s office will have a “scan and destroy” policy so that once paper is filed in person, it is immediately scanned and destroyed.

The current e-filing system proposal is one which connects all four levels of the court system and makes e-filing uniform throughout. The cost during the pilot will be free, but there will be yet-determined fees once the pilot is rolled out state-wide. Parties will be able to remotely access, 24/7, all documents associated with their cases. Non-parties will be able to view documents from terminals at courthouses, and everyone will still have access to the current Case Judiciary Search system.

The new e-filing system will provide what the Court hopes to be a heightened level of public safety, providing immediate warrants and orders of protection between the Court and the Sheriff’s office. It will also provide a stream-lined litigation process in many ways, one of them being e-service, where a party to a case will be able to track and view when an opposing party opens a pleading.

A great undertaking of the Clerk’s office will be the ‘back scanning’ process. Depending on the age of a case and the amount of paper in the file, the Clerk’s office will be tasked with scanning papers from older files to make them electronic. The focus will be on “older” files within which there is current or on-going litigation. Decisions on back scanning will be on a case-by-case basis.

Much of the opposition to judicial e-filing systems surround technology requirements and restrictions, and small or solo firms fear it being cost prohibitive just to utilize the system. The current Maryland system will have a 300 page filing restriction, more than enough for typical cases and more than the current Federal system allows. Technology wise no scanner is needed, the system will accept pdf, tif, word and word perfect formatted documents without conversion required.[2]

Every law firm will need to have a designated (or multiple) e-filing administrator(s) which are tasked with approving each new user of the system under the firms account. Each attorney will also be able to designate someone who can sign documents on their behalf electronically, see Rule 20-108. Most importantly, attorney’s registration numbers for the e-filing system will be their unique Client Protection Fund number so every attorney should know and retain this number for registration purposes. 

Besides the public safety benefits, an e-filing system has the potential to increase efficiency and effectiveness of the judiciary. The judiciary will also save money on the high cost to store, retrieve and handle paper files. Litigants will no longer experience the week long delays in docketing matters. Most importantly, it will allow the judiciary to make more effective use of its space, when Clark County, Nevada implemented e-filing they freed up enough space to build four new courtrooms. It will be exciting to see what e-filing enables Maryland’s judiciary to do.

[1] The pilot will be live in AA Co. for 6 months before moving on to a state-wide roll out gradually from 2014-2017.

[2] Not intended to be a restrictive list. System may accept other formats as well.



This information is provided for general information only.  None of the information provided herein should be construed as providing legal advice or a separate attorney client relationship. Applicability of the legal principles discussed may differ substantially in individual situations. You should not act upon the information presented herein without consulting an attorney of your choice about your particular situation. While PK Law has taken reasonable efforts to insure the accuracy of this material, the accuracy cannot be guaranteed and PK Law makes no warranties or representations as to its accuracy.