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News from Second and State

It’s more like News from Second and Snow this week, as a record-breaking snow storm dropped roughly 30 inches of snow on our capital city, causing state and city government shut-downs, road and street closures and trouble on...more

Snow Laughing Matter: Employers Ask Important Questions About Inclement Weather and their Responsibilities towards Employees

On the heels of Storm Jonas many employers rightly raise important questions about how inclement weather closures could affect their employees...more

Winter Storm Jonas Forces USPTO Closure on Monday (1/25) and Tuesday (1/26)

For the second time in a little more than a month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has experienced an unexpected closing. Last month, the closing resulted from a major power outage at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria,...more

When Snow Days Impact Employers: Balancing Inclement Weather and the FLSA

Winter weather can be frustrating for employers as facilities close or employees are unable to travel in to the worksite even when the worksite is open. Employers often wonder what their obligations are to pay employees...more

As Winter Storm Jonas Bears Down, Businesses Should Seek To Protect Their Insurance Rights

While this year’s winter has been relatively mild for the East Coast, Winter Storm Jonas is expected to produce prolific amounts of snow in parts of the East, rivaling infamous snowstorms of the recent past. While the...more

FMLA FAQ: How Do Snow Days Affect FMLA Leave?

Q. Like many east coast employers preparing for the impending blizzard, we want to know how we calculate FMLA leave if our office is closed due to the weather. I have an employee out on FMLA. Do I count the snow day against...more

New Flood Hazard Maps Released for Boston

After several years of study and an appeal by the City of Boston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, which become effective...more

El Nino Is Here! How You Can Avoid a Car Accident

As Southern California drivers know, weather is not generally our biggest concern when it comes to tackling the roads. Now traffic on the other hand… We can count on gridlock on the 101, 405, 10, and just about every side...more

Last Call To Extend Permits And Development Orders -- Deadline Is January 25, 2016

There is limited time remaining to claim the extension referenced below under the state wide Emergency Order issued by Governor Scott. The opportunity to claim the extension will end on January 25, 2016. Should you have a...more

Who’s at Fault in a Car Accident During Bad Weather?

Southern California is typically the home of sunshine and warm weather. We generally don’t have to deal with the icy roads, snow, and torrential rain that drivers in other states face each winter. With this nice weather comes...more

Residential Landlords May Be Responsible for Snow Removal Due to Past Conduct

Under Ohio law, a residential landlord ordinarily has no duty to remove natural accumulations of ice and snow from common areas under his control when the lease is silent on the matter; ice and snow removal from steps and...more

Wage and Hour Issues in Inclement Weather Business Closures and Reductions in Hours

With winter weather fast approaching and potentially forcing businesses to reduce or cease operations, employers are reexamining their federal and state wage and hour obligations to employees affected by weather-related...more

Snow, Ice and the Dangers of Winter

The winter months are fraught with injury risks, and many residents of Chicago do their best to prepare for the dangers of snow and ice. Damp, slippery conditions can lead to injury, and many injured parties and property...more

Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and...more

Grid Vulnerabilities Report Highlights Regional Risk

Earlier this month, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz released a report presenting the Department of Energy’s (DOE) assessment of expected regional energy sector vulnerabilities to climate change. The report highlights...more

Cold Stress: Protecting Workers in Illinois

Exposure to extreme weather conditions can cause serious illnesses, significant injuries, and even death, and the problem is much larger than many realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in...more

Wrapping Paper Series Updates

2015 - The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues - 09.21.2015 - Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However,...more

Employment Law Update: Flooding, Storm Cleanup, and OSHA

As the Midlands recovers from the effects of widespread flooding, and as rain-swollen rivers reach the coastal portions of the South Carolina, Federal OSHA and SC OSHA have issued warnings about potential hazards encountered...more

Employment Law Update: Wages and Water: What Do We Do?

With the recent rain storms that have blanketed the Carolinas and the resulting road damage and closures, this a good time for employers to review their inclement weather policies and to make sure they properly compensate all...more

Florida to Decide What Test Applies When Concurrent Multiple Perils Cause a Loss

For years, Florida courts have been seesawing between two different doctrines to determine whether there is coverage under a property policy when two perils – one excluded and one included — combine to cause a loss. Two...more

Senate Bill 900 Amends Operations Of Texas State Backed Insurer

On September 1, 2015, Texas Senate Bill 900 went into effect after passing both the Texas House and Senate this past summer. The bill amends the operation of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (“TWIA”), a state backed...more

Colorado Court Conducts a Clinic on Explosions

Earlier this month in Paros Properties v. Colorado Cas. Ins. Co., 2015 WL 5139293, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116939 (D.Colo., Sep. 2, 2015), a federal court in Colorado addressed what constitutes an explosion. After a mudslide...more

2015 Hurricane Season Provides Opportunity to Extend Eligible Permits

If there's any good news in a hurricane or tropical storm, this is it: an officially declared state of emergency that allows permit-holders to extend their permits, as well as certain other government authorizations. Not only...more

Hurricane Preparedness Applies at Work as Well as at Home – Questions Employers May Face This Season

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as forecasters continue to track the path of Tropical Storm Erika, which is predicted to hit the state on Monday. Although it is unclear how strong the storm will...more

Hurricanes vs. Wildfires — 2015’s Dramatic Contrast

Two of this blog’s four rotating headers depict a hurricane and a fire as examples of potentially-destructive types of property damage, and the hurricane season (June through November) and the wildfire season (late spring...more

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