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Legislature Approves $1 Billion Drought Relief Legislation; Governor Brown Expected to Sign

California Legislature Enacts Bill Package on Drought - On Thursday March 26, 2015, the California Legislature adopted legislation which it describes as allocating approximately $1 billion to emergency drought relief...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2015 #3

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown, top lawmakers unveil emergency drought legislation: Los Angeles Times - Mar 19: Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties announced Thursday a $1 billion...more

California’s Emergency Drought Measures

Just two days after California’s State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution renewing and updating statewide emergency conservation regulations, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators from both parties announced a $1...more

State Water Board Significantly Expands Scope of Authority to Investigate Water Rights

As widely anticipated, on March 17, 2015, the State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution to impose state-wide mandatory water conservation measures, including restricting the number of days that irrigation of...more

California's State Water Resources Control Board Renews and Imposes Stricter Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

California’s State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution today renewing and updating statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted by the Board last year that were set to expire on April 25. The...more

CEQA “Common Sense” Exemption Upheld; Environmental Baseline for Project Following Improvements Pursuant to an Emergency Exemption...

CREED-21 v. City of San Diego (2/18/2015, 4th Civil No. D064186) - The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a CEQA exemption related to the City of San Diego’s approval of a project comprising emergency storm drainage...more

Health Care E-Note - February 2015

In This Issue: - HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations - Probationary Medicaid RCOs – How Do Physicians Respond Without Subjecting Themselves to Potential Criminal And Civil Liability? - Big Data...more

Effective Inclement Weather Policies—Top 10 Factors to Consider

Here in Boston we are still busy digging out from the recent snowstorm that shut down much of Massachusetts. Other parts of the Northeast and of the country are also facing blizzards, ice and rain storms this winter, but the...more

Lessons Learned from the Airline Industry About Responding to a Crisis

In the hit television show Scandal, Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, is a crisis manager, who, with her team of associates, is called upon to fix problems and resolve crises. If it were only that easy. Every day...more

Preparing for an Active Shooter Incident in a Health Care Facility

The Ober|Kaler Health Care General Counsel Institute presented this webinar discussion of key considerations in addressing an active shooter situation, including specific considerations within health care facilities. Not only...more

MIA Announces Opportunity for Comment on Draft Proposed Regulation 31.01.02 on Emergency Powers

On January 23, 2015, the Maryland Insurance Administration issued Bulletin 15-04 to announce a thirty-day opportunity for comment on Draft Proposed Regulation 31.01.02 – Emergency Powers. ...more

Rising Sea Levels and Prohibited "Takings" - A Different Sort of Climate Change Litigation

A little noted anniversary passed this past week. The odd 2009 storm, Nor’Ida (the progeny of a nor’easter and a hurricane), swept along the east coast pounding some areas with record storm surge five years ago in the second...more

HIPAA Privacy During Emergency Situations

A patient arrives at your facility with Ebola-like symptoms. After taking the necessary precautions, you run the requisite tests, conduct a patient interview, and determine that in fact the patient has contracted the Ebola...more

New York Law Providing Unpaid Leave For Emergency Responders Takes Effect

New York recently passed a new leave law mandating unpaid leave for emergency responders. The law took effect December 22, 2014. Under the law, employers must provide unpaid leave to employees who serve as volunteer...more

New York Employers Must Provide Unpaid Leave to Volunteer Emergency Responders During Declared Emergencies

Effective December 22, 2014, New York employers must provide unpaid leave to employees who serve as volunteer firefighters or volunteer ambulance personnel whenever the governor declares a state of emergency. The new law will...more

New Law Requires Employers to Grant Leave to Volunteer Emergency Responders

Effective December 22, 2014, employers in New York must grant leave to employees who also serve as volunteer emergency responders during times when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. ...more

Emergency Response II: Press Reports and False Markets

Introduction - On 10 December 2014 a report was published relating to the mishandling of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement of its thematic review into certain insurance business. The mishandling...more

New Law Protects Volunteer Workers

A new New York State law prohibits employers from firing volunteer firefighters and members of volunteer ambulance squads for taking time off from their jobs to respond to state of emergencies such as hurricanes and...more

Ebola Outbreak Prompts HHS Bulletin on Application of HIPAA During Emergencies

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the HIPAA Privacy Rule...more

HIPAA Privacy in Emergency Situations

In light of the Ebola outbreak and other events, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, released a bulletin to ensure HIPAA covered entities are aware of the ways in which patient...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - November 2014 #3

HHS Releases Bulletin Clarifying HIPAA Privacy Rule in Emergency Situations – In light of the recent Ebola outbreak, HHS released a bulletin on November 10, 2014 “to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their...more

Meet Your Deadlines: West Virginia AST Act Challenges [Video]

Although the W.Va. Aboveground Storage Tank Act, enacted this spring, is comprehensive in its scope—imposing new requirements for registration, permitting, inspection and certification, notice, spill response planning and...more

Ebola Matters of First Impression; Law Lags Behind Policy

While we turn to science and laws to guide our response to matters in the healthcare industry, the entrance of the Ebola virus into our lives here in the U.S. has challenged our abilities, both from a medical and legal...more

California Governor Signs Bill Regulating Oil by Rail

On September 25, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will provide California’s emergency responders with more information about trains carrying crude oil and require railroad companies to provide...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-18-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Completes Last Full Week of Work for the Year - On April 18th at 1:05 a.m.,...more

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