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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

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

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/17-4/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017 #3

Paid Family Leave Could Be Costly - The House Committee on Ways and Means took up H.196, the Paid Family Leave bill this week after it passed out of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs over...more

DJI Releases Report on Lifesaving Drone Operations

DJI, market leader in drones and aerial systems, released a new report, “Lives Saved: A Survey of Drones in Action,” on lifesaving drone operations using data collected from around the world. DJI reports that drones have...more

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

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Ways and Means Committee is considering a proposal from the Vermont Department of Taxes to reduce the amount of use tax a person can pay without providing records to prove his or her tax liability. The rate would...more

EPA Stays RMP Rule Amendments and Grants Petition for Reconsideration

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has stayed the implementation of a significant revision of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule pending the receipt of additional comments. Simultaneously, EPA has granted a request...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/13-3/17

by Fisher Phillips on

As the 2017-18 legislative session gets underway in California, policy committees are beginning to hear and vote on bills – including numerous proposals that impact California employers. Our weekly “hot list” will provide you...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

The Governor Writes a Letter, and Roundup on Flooding Issues Around the State

by Downey Brand LLP on

Here’s our Saturday morning update on flood control issues in the Central Valley and beyond. Things have been quieter this week at Oroville Dam, but there’s plenty to report on from around the state....more

Oroville Dam evacuation and relicensing

by PretiFlaherty on

A California dam in the midst of a federal relicensing process has experienced flooding and storm-related damage, prompting the evacuation of over 180,000 people. Evacuation orders and a reservoir drawdown represent the most...more

Wisconsin DHS Prohibits Maneuvers and Techniques in Community Based Programs

by Ruder Ware on

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released a memo specifying maneuvers or techniques that may not be used at any time in community based programs and facilities. DHS deems the prohibited maneuvers or...more

CMS Issues Final Rule on New Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule, 42 C.F.R. pt. 484, implementing significant changes to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must satisfy to...more

Drone Operator Arrested in California for Operation Near Helicopter Rescue

On January 27, 2017, police in Pacifica, California arrested a drone operator for allegedly flying a drone near the scene of a helicopter rescue, which effectively delayed the rescue operation. Police and fire rescue...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

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