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About this site (May 2017) – Please Read First

This website (www.brucegodfrey.com) is undergoing (Spring 2017) a significant reformatting to reflect my professional interests as a Maryland employment attorney.  A different site, Working Scribe (www.workingscribe.com) is a growing repository of my other interests in law, law practice and the civic life of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic. Both sites are going to look a little… Read More »

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A Few Practice Tips for Maryland Attorneys re Unemployment Appeals

This checklist is aimed primarily at attorneys practicing in unemployment appeals litigation at any level (Lower Appeals, Board of Appeals, Judicial Review).  Most of my remarks are aimed at workers’ attorneys, but some will apply to management attorneys as well. All references to the “Act” below pertain to Title 8 of the Maryland Annotated Code,… Read More »

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“Messiah” prohibited by Tennessee judge as name for baby

ABC News, August 12, 2013: Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered the name change last week, according to WBIR-TV (http://on.wbir.com/1cDOeTY). The boy’s parents were in court because they could not agree on the child’s last name, but when the judge heard the boy’s first name, she ordered it changed, too. * * * *… Read More »

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Can they fire me for complaining about working conditions or wages?

Under Maryland’s jurisprudence of at-will employment, any employer or employee can in general end the employment without notice, excuse, severance, cause or explanation.  In most cases, it is perfectly lawful in Maryland for an employer to fire a worker and instruct the worker to leave the premises under pain of arrest, just as it is… Read More »

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Congratulations to the Daily Record Innovators of the Year 2013

The Daily Record has published its 2013 list of top innovators in their fields for metropolitan Baltimore.  I was surprised but quite pleased to see that Robert Santoni of Santoni’s was listed; I tend to think of Santoni’s Market in Glyndon as a great tradition rather than as a great innovator, but apparently it is… Read More »

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10 things to do if you get fired in Maryland

Some of the following items may, or may not, be useful for workers outside of Maryland but this list is specifically intended for Maryland workers. 1.  KEEP CALM. There is no advantage to you legally in losing your mind, your cool or your wits when you get the news that management has fired you.  (By… Read More »

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Happy Eid-ul-Fitr to Muslim Clients, Colleagues and Friends

To all who celebrate the Islamic breaking of the Fast of Ramadan, a happy Eid-ul-Fitr.  I am not a Muslim but am informed that the breaking of the Ramadan fast is imminent according to the traditional calculation of the end of the fast by the sighting of the moon.

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Licensing of Private Process Servers

Maryland Senate Bill 554, sponsored by Senator Brian Frosh (D-Montgomery) – would enact a licensing system for private process servers in Maryland, titled the Maryland Private Process Servers Act. My first thought about this proposal was “Excellent.” My practice and those of my friends have been plagued by unreliable, even fraudulent, process service issues at… Read More »

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When attorneys self-destruct – a few thoughts….

Practicing law is an “A- minus” stress profession.  It’s not stressful like being a correctional officer or a soldier or Marine, or an air traffic controller or a bomb squad agent.  But within the second tier of professional stress, it can be severe.  Our profession has a higher than average rate of alcoholism, drug abuse… Read More »

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