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Best Practices for Safeguarding Protected Health Information in Inclement Weather

As the East Coast prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, covered entities and business associates should take the opportunity to remind their workforce members to safeguard protected health information (PHI) that is...more

4 Key Requirements of CMS’ New Emergency Preparedness Rule

In an effort to establish consistent emergency preparedness requirements, increase patient safety, and ensure coordinated responses to catastrophes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Emergency...more

CMS Unveils Final Rule for Emergency Preparedness

On September 8, 2016, CMS issued its Final Rule establishing requirements for hospitals and other providers and suppliers to plan and prepare for natural and man-made disasters. CMS explained that it is adopting the new...more

Everything is fine, until it isn’t.

Over a period of just 14 months in 2004 and 2005, no less than six hurricanes made landfall in Florida – basically back-to-back years of hurricanes coming at the rate of one per month during the height of hurricane season. ...more

Tropical Storm Hermine | A Quick Reference Compliance Guide to Adjusting Storm Related Claims in Florida

..Once a wind storm is named as a hurricane by the National Weather Service, and a warning or watch for any part of Florida is issued, all wind losses in the state from that time until 72 hours after the last warning or watch...more

Disaster Recovery: Navigating FEMA's Cumbersome Financial Assistance Rules

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1, and will end on November 30. Hilary S. Cairnie offers his views on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) policies for reimbursement of disaster...more

How BCM Saves Money in Cybersecurity, Laurence Guihard-Joly Explains [PODCAST]

Laurence Guihard-Joly is back with information showing that business continuity management can save companies money from a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Compliance leaders are always on the hunt for metrics...more

SEC Issues Guidance on Business Continuity Planning for Registered Investment Companies

On June 27, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (Commission or SEC) Division of Investment Management (IM) issued a Guidance Update on business continuity planning for registered investment companies...more

SEC Proposes New Requirement for Business Continuity Plans for Investment Advisers

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a rule that would require all SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement a business continuity and transition plan (“BCP”). The BCP...more

SEC Proposes Rule Requiring Registered Advisers to Adopt Business Continuity and Transition Plans

On June 28, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) that would require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement...more

ATF Institutes a Voluntary Magazine Identification-Labeling Program

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in its recent ATF EXPLOSIVES Industry Newsletter, informed the industry of a new voluntary “process to better track industry-owned explosives storage magazines.”...more

Wrapping Paper Series Updates

2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...more

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors Adopts Model Regulatory Framework for Virtual-Currency Businesses

Addressing regulatory concerns pertaining to consumer protection, market stability, and law enforcement, the Framework expands on the CSBS draft framework released in December 2014. The Conference of State Bank...more

Business Interruption Insurance: Why You Need It and How You Can Maximize Your Coverage

In his recent blog post on disaster planning for businesses, Foley associate Nicholas E. Williams noted: “Business interruption insurance, which covers the loss of income suffered by a business after a disaster, plays an...more

Corporate Insurance Trends 2015

Over the last 12 months, the insurance industry has seen speculation with respect to litigation funding regulation, resolutions of large class actions and consolidation in the form of acquisitions in the industry. There has...more

Legal Considerations in Businesses’ Disaster Planning

In the last decade, Disaster Recovery (“DR”) and Business Continuity Planning (“BCP”) have become “hot” topics, as companies attempt to deal with disasters and the associated business risks. “Force majeure” is a legal concept...more

[Webinar] Response and Recovery Planning: Corporate Ethics and Compliance Failure - August 11, 1:00pm Central

Most companies have a plan for disaster recovery related to technology, physical location, and data – but what happens when you must respond to allegations of a violation of customer trust or compliance? Does your...more

Ebola Fears: Employer Best Practices for Epidemic Preparedness

Potential Ebola virus exposure is a concern that strikes fear in many. Employers may be confronted—if they have not been already—with difficult managerial decisions that must address employees' rational—or irrational—fears of...more

2015 Minnesota Legislative Session Begins

The Minnesota Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 6 at noon to begin the 2015 Minnesota Legislative session. The first day of session was marked by the swearing in of new members, organizational matters and other...more

Disaster and Pandemic Planning for Employers – A Primer

The only thing certain about disasters and pandemics is that they are uncertain. You never know who, what, where, why and when they will strike. But whatever the cause, a disaster or pandemic can have a serious impact on a...more

Employers: How Prepared Are You for Ebola?

Rapidly changing circumstances raise workplace questions. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 has already been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the worst in history. The extent of this outbreak is...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - What Health Care Providers Need to Know About Ebola Preparedness [Audio]

As the Ebola epidemic continues to grow in West Africa, hospitals across the U.S. are putting protocols in place to prepare themselves in the event that an Ebola patient is admitted to their facility. We’ve already seen...more

List of Resources on the Ebola Virus Disease and Pandemic Preparedness

The following websites provide assistance and information on the Ebola virus disease and pandemic preparedness in general. While the Ebola threat has not been classified as a “pandemic,” the below links regarding pandemic...more

Preparing Hospitality-Related Entities and Retailers for Hurricane Season

With that vivid memory and hurricane season in full swing, it’s imperative that businesses such as hotels, food service establishments, and retailers evaluate and discuss disaster planning preparedness, proper emergency...more

Resiliency Strategies for Natural Disasters the Focus of ULI Conference

As southern California cities and property owners were seeing high surfs from a hurricane off Mexico, and less than two weeks after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in the Napa Valley, the Urban Land Institute was holding a...more

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