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K&L Gates Triage: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Long Term Care - Part II

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the second episode in a three-part series on emergency preparedness and response in long-term care. Since natural disasters can result in monumental expenses for rebuilding facilities, it is important to understand...more

Active Shooter Response - Developing an Effective Policy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Unfortunately, workplace violence is becoming an ever increasing liability in the workplace. Despite the presence of workplace violence prevention programs intended to avoid this hazard entirely within...more

K&L Gates Triage: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Long Term Care

by K&L Gates LLP on

This is the first episode in a three-part series on emergency preparedness and response in long-term care. Recent hurricanes affecting the United States have brought to light the importance of health care providers devising a...more

[Event] The 2018 Aviation Symposium "An Airplane Is Down . . . .!": First Responders, Family Assistance, Emergency Response and...

by LeClairRyan on

On August 27, 2017, Nimbus Airlines Flight 13, slid off the end of the runway after landing at Houston Intercontinental Airport. At the time, the airport and the city, including first responders were coping with the aftermath...more

Assessing Drone Industry Successes & Challenges as the FAA's Small Commercial Drone Rule Turns 1

The Federal Aviation Administration's ("FAA's") Part 107 rule for small commercial drone operation, effective as of August 2016, has now been up and running for over a year. In light of this milestone, the FAA recently took...more

Hurricanes, PREPA, and Puerto Rico electric grid

by PretiFlaherty on

Hurricane Maria has hit Puerto Rico, damaging the island's electric grid and causing systemic power outages. The storm made landfall on September 20 as a Category 4 hurricane with winds at 155 miles per hour. ...more

Fire Departments Across the Country Use Drones for Faster Response

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV or drones) are being sent out to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help fire departments in their rescue efforts. With this new tool, fire...more

Called to Action: Alabama Provides Job Protections for Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders

As catastrophic hurricanes threaten the southeastern region, Alabama employers may want to reflect on the state’s emergency response statute. Alabama law provides job protection for employees who also serve as volunteer...more

Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Harvey: What Kind of Relief May Employers Offer to Affected Employees? What About Hurricane...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers with employees and operations impacted by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey are asking what type of compensation, employee benefits, and tax relief may be available to them and their affected employees. There are...more

Comprehensive FAQs For Employers On Hurricanes And Other Workplace Disasters

by Fisher Phillips on

This list of frequently asked questions was originally prepared by the law firm of Fisher Phillips in 2005, in response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. It has been updated several times over the course of the past 12...more

Civilian Drones Asked to Stay Out of the Sky During Hurricanes

For years, drones have been used to support recovery efforts in the aftermath of floods and other disasters, and the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is proving to be no different, and we suspect that the same will be true...more

Taking and Making Hurricane-Related Donations: Options, Considerations, and Other Ways for Employers and Employees to Help Now

Before Hurricane Harvey unleashed its devastation on Texas and Louisiana, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long said, “People need to be the help before the help arrives.” With Hurricane Irma now...more

Practicing Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

It has certainly been a week for the ages in Houston, most of Texas and all along the Gulf Coast as Hurricane Harvey has wrecked a level of havoc not scene in that large a swath for many a moon, if ever. Ending this...more

Lessons Learned from Katrina and Hurricane Harvey Relief Guidance to Date for those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

by Winstead PC on

Following Hurricane Katrina (“HK”), excellent minds in the government worked to provide helpful guidance on relief that employers could elect to utilize to assist employees impacted by that hurricane or other disasters either...more

Hatteras Island power outage and response

by PretiFlaherty on

North Carolina's Hatteras Island experienced a power outage last week when construction activity damaged two underground transmission cables serving the island. While the damage is repaired, residents face mandatory power...more

Refrigeration Systems Targeted: Risk Management Plans and Release Reporting

by Williams Mullen on

Companies operating ammonia refrigeration systems are easy targets for EPA under a number of environmental programs. Recent history suggests release reporting under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and under the...more

Drones to Track Adults and Children that Suffer from Alzheimer’s and Autism

While police departments and law enforcement have been using drones for some time now, a police department in southern Minnesota, the Rochester Police Department, has recently acquired a new drone for a new purpose – to find...more

Deja Vu All Over Again: Massive Ransomware Attack Underway

A mere month and a half after the WannaCry strain of ransomware caused major havoc in European and Asian countries, another major ransomware attack hit large institutions across Europe and the United States yesterday. ...more

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

New HHS Cybersecurity Preparedness Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently published a checklist to guide HIPAA-covered entities and business associates through an appropriate response to a ransomware or cybersecurity...more

PERS Company Prevails at Trial of Wrongful Death Suit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A recent case involving a PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) was decided in the Appellate Court of Connecticut, Theodore v. Lifeline Sys. Co., 173 Conn. App. 291, 2017 Conn. App. LEXIS 211 (Conn. App. Ct. May 23,...more

OSHA And Workplace Violence

by Cozen O'Connor on

The workplace violence tragedy in Florida yesterday where a lone gunman killed five people and then himself at an Orlando awning factor is a sad reminder that workplace violence remains a serious issue for businesses. OSHA...more

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

How a Drone Could Save a Life at an Industrial Jobsite

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 4,836 workers were killed on the job in 2015—that means, if you break it down, that more than 90 workers lost their lives each week on jobsites. These...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

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