Maryland Gov & Administrative Law Questions & Answers

Q: Is it ethical for an employer to have 1 person who does Human Resources for the entire office inccluding the hiring,

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Employment Discrimination and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 20, 2019
Joseph D. Allen's answer
There is nothing illegal about only having one HR staff person. If an employer complies with the laws and regulations applicable to it, that's all that matters. It's just difficult to do without professional help, as the workers comp incident illustrates. Employers can't retaliate against employees for filing claims, nor can they provide false information about the circumstances of an injury in an attempt to have the claim denied.

Q: What's the easiest way to find EVERYONE charged with a specific crime in the state?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Answered on Feb 2, 2019
Mark Oakley's answer
This data is gathered for the state. It’s used for all sorts of purposes. Budgets and resource allocation depend on it. Try calling the Administrative Office of the Courts in Annapolis for direction. The Maryland Sentencing Commission uses this info to update the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines. Each county State’s Attorney’s Office (and City of Baltimore) maintains statistical info on all crimes charged and their disposition. The criminal clerk’s offices of the District and Circuit...

Q: Are Maryland public school teachers considered state employees?

2 Answers | Asked in Education Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Answered on Oct 2, 2018
Joseph D. Allen's answer
This is a much more complicated question than it appears. For some purposes, school board employees are state employees, and for other purposes they are local government employees. Maryland school boards are an odd hybrid- and the appellate courts are still struggling with how to classify them.

Q: Is it legal to get data base off of a local gov't website

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright, Business Formation, Business Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Intellectual Property for Maryland on
Answered on Sep 18, 2018
Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer
Many government websites make information readily available for search but have a disclaimer that the information cannot be harvested by an auto-bot, software programs, etc. Harvesting an entire database is probably not going to fly, but without knowing what database you are trying to access, one cannot realistically answer the question. More than likely the agency maintaining the website can answer the question.

Q: What are the time limits for seeking judicial review of an order issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission?

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Answered on Jul 14, 2017
Glenn B. Manishin's answer
1. Timing: You have 30 days to petition for judicial review pursuant to MD Rules R. 7-203.

2. Standing: Under MD Pub Util Code § 3-202, "a party or person in interest" can appeal. Federal law for FCC appeals construes similar language to require that the appellant/petitioner be a party to the regulatory proceeding, but I do not know what MD law says on that subject. One way to cure such a default would be to petition the MPSC for reconsideration, since under § 3-294, "if a rehearing...

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