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"Don't Come In To Work Today"

Even here in Maine, where we take pride in not letting winter slow us down, there are days when it just doesn’t make sense to get out of the house. This past winter was a tough one to say the least – for much of the country...more

Interrupted by Sandy

In Johnson Gallagher Magliery, LLC v. The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, 2014 WL 1041831 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, granting a motion for partial...more

Bill Protects Employees Impacted By Emergency Weather Conditions

On March 17, 2014, a bill (S1717) was introduced that would prohibit an employer from taking adverse action against an employee because he or she is not working due to a declared state of emergency (by the Governor or...more

Lending Focus: Insurance Proceeds & Casualty Events

Rebuilding After a Casualty. Recent events such as Hurricane Sandy confirm that commercial properties can incur substantial damage and that insurance claims will follow. When the property is encumbered by a mortgage,...more

Employers Must Be Prepared To Deal With The Aftermath Of The Recent Winter Storms

Executive Summary: Much of the country has suffered through a series of punishing winter storms this year. With the number of snow days mounting, employers must determine whether closing the office means having to pay...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 5: Legislature Moves Forward Despite Mother Nature's Threat

Facing the likelihood that they would not be able to reach Montgomery once ice and snow moved across their districts in North Alabama, legislators left in time to beat both Mother Nature and Old Man Winter. Senators and House...more

How Does Bad Weather Affect My Immigration Appointment?

The difficult winter and ongoing inclement weather across the U.S. has resulted in USCIS closing or delaying the opening of local offices and Application Support Centers. ...more

Obligations for Employers Before, During and After a Storm

As cleanup from the Nor’easter that pummeled the East Coast last week continues, and the prospect of more snow looms, we hope that you and your families, as well as your businesses and employees, are safe and warm and that...more

How to Maximize Your Insurance Recovery for Property Damage, Business Interruption, and Supply Chain Losses After “Historic”...

Last week businesses and communities throughout the United States experienced the fifth in a series of major winter storms since the beginning of 2014. Four separate stretches of winter weather affected the United States in...more

Hot Topics in OSHA Include Cold Weather Guidance

OSHA has issued guidance to employers related to the dangers of cold stress. If you have employees who must work outside during cold temperatures, be aware that OSHA may consider those employees to be exposed to a recognized...more

Trying to Reason with Blizzard Season: Employers, Employees, and Inclement Weather in the Southeast

In January, a “once-in-a-generation” winter storm hit the southeastern United States. The temperature dropped to record lows while snow and ice paralyzed our cities and towns. Schools across the region were closed, with...more

Don’t Be Bulldozed by Snow Days: What to Consider Before Docking Pay for Weather-Related Absences

With thanks likely to the polar vortex, states across the nation are experiencing record low temperatures this winter. The bitterly cold winter has caused employees to call off work (or show up late) and employers to...more

Do You Have To Shovel Your Sidewalk?

It’s the law in Chicago, and many suburban municipalities, that you must keep sidewalks shoveled. According to Chicago’s code, “Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of...more

Reinsurance Sidecars — Don’t Ride Without A Helmet

Reinsurance sidecars have become an established medium through which third-party capital is now accessing the reinsurance market, with more and more capacity being announced on an almost monthly basis. These special purpose...more

Insurance and the Polar Vortex: Recovering Losses from the Big Chill of 2014

The first two weeks of 2014 ushered in an extraordinary weather disaster affecting most of the United States, causing extensive property damage and business interruption as a result of freezing temperatures. On January 3,...more

Winter Weather Woes: What are My Obligations to Pay Employees During Inclement Weather?

Last week’s “polar vortex” brought record low temperatures to many parts of the country and shut down offices in numerous cities. Estimates suggest that the frigid weather could cost the U.S. economy up to $5 billion. We have...more

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