Disaster Preparedness

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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 [Video]

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

National Conference for Public-Private Partnerships Concludes P3 Connect Summit

After a re-boot, the National Conference for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) concluded a three day summit July 30 in Denver, Colorado on all things P3. NCPPP’s “P3 Connect” annual meeting held programs addressing...more

HR Guide for Hurricane and Disaster Preparation: Preparing For The Worst

Hurricanes have posed unique human resources challenges for employers with operations in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region. According to the Congressional Budget Office, Hurricane Katrina alone wiped out more than 400,000...more

CMS’s Civil Defense Won’t Let You Hide Under Your Desk

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed new emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers and suppliers. These new requirements are designed to address the effect of a broad range of...more

CMS Proposes Extensive Emergency Preparedness Rules

On December 26, 2013, CMS proposed emergency preparedness rules in the form of conditions of participation and conditions of coverage. These rules would apply to hospitals (including critical access hospitals), ambulatory...more

Governor Patrick Announces Climate Change Preparedness Initiatives: Not Everyone’s On Board

On Tuesday, Governor Patrick announced a series of climate change preparedness initiatives, including about $50 million in funds for a variety of programs. Before summarizing the plan, I’ll note that Massachusetts appears to...more

Zombies, Ghouls, and Unpaid Wage Claims: The Top 5 HR Horrors This Season

As the group that shepherds employees from the application stage through the end of the employment relationship, human resources (HR) departments administer programs and policies that could greatly impact a company if a...more

It’s Time to Revisit Business Continuity Planning: What Works and What Does Not Work

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and other U.S. financial regulators (collectively, “Regulators”) issued important guidance related to the need for industry participants to maintain business continuity...more

SEC Issues National Exam Program Risk Alert Regarding Investment Advisers’ Business Continuity Plans

On August 27, 2013, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert (the “Risk Alert”) resulting from its review of the...more

New FEMA Flood Zone Maps: Is Your Property About To Be Included In A High Risk Zone?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is set to finalize new flood zone maps for the coastal areas of New England in the next few weeks. On many of these new maps, coastal flood zones are likely to shift, putting...more

SEC Exam Review Prompts Risk Alert on Adviser Business Continuity Plans

Prompted by wide-ranging damage and the disruptions to the capital markets caused by Hurricane Sandy, the SEC’s National Examination Program (“NEP”) reviewed the business continuity plans and disaster recovery plans...more

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