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CMS Requires Participating Providers to Prepare for Emergencies

by Carlton Fields on

On March 24, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memorandum encouraging participating providers to “seek out and participate in a full-scale, community-based exercise with their local and/or...more

Processing Plant Crosses Its Wires — Safety Board Finds Company “Did Not Follow Procedures”

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The CSB found deficiencies in the facility’s design and labeling of the chemical loading stations, and failure to follow the company’s written chemical unloading procedures....more

Workplace Violence Policy and Prevention Program Is a Smart Start

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent news reports of active shooter situations provide a stark reminder: employers, regardless of size or industry, should have an action plan for responding to a threatening or violent situation in the workplace. Yet,...more

State Water Board Releases Latest Round of Proposed Emergency Drought Regulations for California*

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board released this week a formal proposal to extend the emergency statewide drought regulations that have been in effect for California in various forms since early 2015. Cities, counties,...more

[Webinar] Come Rain or Come Shine, Conservation is a California Way of Life - February 23rd, 1:00pm PST

by Nossaman LLP on

Join Nossaman attorneys for a timely discussion of the impacts of record-setting winter storms on the statewide drought emergency and on the push to make conservation a “California Way of Life.” This webinar for CLE credit*...more

State Water Board Considering Extension to Drought Emergency Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Despite plentiful rain and snow across much of California, the State Water Resources Control Board is considering extending its emergency drought regulations in early February. During a public workshop in Sacramento on...more

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Begins Use of UAS for Dangerous, Hostile and Life-Saving Operations

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” LASD...more

Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

EAP – What is it and why do you need one?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

If you work in a large building on one of the higher floors, you will remember the last fire drill where you walked umpteen flights of stairs following your co-worker with the orange hat. Once you reached the bottom and...more

Safe Travel Series: Dos and Don'ts of Personal Safety

Basic security consciousness can help keep your travel safe and incident-free. There is no shortage of bad actors preying on travelers. The more time you spend abroad, the more likely you are to cross paths with them....more

Hurricane Matthew – Emergency Permits After North Carolina State of Emergency

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Whether Hurricane Matthew tracks east or west, coastal North Carolina will get a visit.  If you own a house, bulkhead, dock, and/or pier in coastal North Carolina, take pictures of your property before you stock up on the...more

CMS Call on New Medicare/Medicaid Emergency Preparedness Requirements (Oct. 5)

by Reed Smith on

On October 5, 2016, CMS is hosting a call to discuss its September 16, 2016 final rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they can...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - September 2016

by King & Spalding on

Interim Final Rule Increases Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts – On September 2, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an interim final rule that “adjust[s] for inflation the maximum civil monetary...more

CMS Finalizes Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare/Medicaid Providers

by Reed Smith on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a long-awaited final rule establishing emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers and suppliers to ensure that they...more

Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As reported in a previous blog post, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”), filed a lawsuit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) in May 2015. The...more

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Provides Recommendations to Upgrade Employers’ Emergency Planning and Response Programs

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Chemical Safety Board offers recommendations and best practices for chemical facilities regarding emergency planning and response programs....more

Bellerman v. Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. – Lack of Injury in Massachusetts Consumer Claims

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In 2014, we posted about the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Bellermann v. Fitchburg Gas & Electric Light Co. In that case, plaintiffs sought relief under the Massachusetts consumer protection statute,...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Cal/OSHA Warns California Employers That Another Hot Summer is on the Horizon

by Littler on

On June 1, 2016, the California Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal/OSHA), predicting that temperatures in certain parts of Southern California and even the cooler Bay Area are expected to exceed 100 degrees, issued...more

U.S. House Committee On Homeland Security Holds Hearing On States’ Preparation For Cyber Threats

by King & Spalding on

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security (the “Committee”) held a hearing titled “Enhancing Preparedness and Response Capabilities to Address Cyber Threats.” The hearing was convened jointly by...more

A Brief Legal Guide for Local Public Officials in Responding to Terrorist Attacks

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

There are just some legal matters that should not be put off — and sorting out the legal authority local public officials have in responding to a terrorist attack is one such matter. Once the attack is already underway, it’s...more

California State Water Board Will Hold Public Workshop on Draft Emergency Regulation for Measuring and Reporting Water Diversions

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Board issued a draft emergency regulation on Monday for measuring and reporting the diversion and use of water pursuant to Senate Bill 88. The Board also recently announced it will hold a workshop in...more

California Water Restrictions Could Continue Under New Executive Order

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California’s sweeping restrictions on water use could be extended deep into next year under a new Executive Order by Gov. Jerry Brown. If drought conditions persist through January 2016, the Order provides that emergency...more

California Water Board Considering Extension Of Emergency Drought Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Mandatory Water Restrictions Could Run Beyond February, Depending On Rain and Snowfall - The State Water Resources Control Board is contemplating extending the mandatory emergency water restrictions that it imposed...more

As El Nino Looms, State Weighs Extension of Conservation Regs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Rains have begun to return to California as El Nino emerges from the Pacific Ocean. After four years of drought, water providers throughout the state have begun to question how state government should approach conservation...more

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