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Florida Argentum Reports That Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

Florida Argentum reports that the Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued a response to its motion filed last week and determined that an “automatic stay” of the Division of Administrative Hearings’ Final Order...more

Government's Duty to Accommodate People with Disabilities in Natural Disasters

Hurricanes, floods and wildfires have ravaged large swaths of the U.S. this year. Every major natural disaster disproportionately harms society’s most vulnerable populations, particularly people with disabilities....more

Appeals Court Strikes Down Emergency Stay in Generator Case

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal issued a response to Florida Argentum’s motion filed last week and determined that an “automatic stay” of the Division of Administrative Hearings’ Final Order invalidating Emergency...more

Michigan Governor Establishes Cyber Civilian Corp.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed into law the Cyber Civilian Corps Act, which established the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corps, dubbed MiC3, which has been in existence for three years, but not statutorily deployed....more

Hospitals’ Obligations to Employees Withstand Natural Disasters

by Polsinelli on

Hurricane Harvey reminded hospitals that obligations to employees do not cease during or after horrific natural disasters. Hospitals should have a plan in place when preparing for a natural disaster, such as an inclement...more

Positive Ruling On Generator Rules May Not Protect Owners In The Short Term

Notwithstanding what we consider a well-reasoned and proper ruling by an Administrative Law Judge against Governor Scott’s emergency rule on generators and fuel, cautious senior living facility owners may still want to submit...more

Florida's Emergency Generator Rules Invalidated

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On Friday, Judge Garnett W. Chisenhall, a duly-designated administrative law judge of the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings, issued a ruling invalidating emergency rules requiring all Florida nursing homes and...more

Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which 12 Florida nursing home residents died when the facility lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning....more

Florida Emergency Power Plan Rule Requires Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities to Obtain Generators by November 15, 2017

by BakerHostetler on

In response to the death of eight nursing home residents after a power failure in Hollywood, Florida during Hurricane Irma, Florida regulators recently issued emergency rules requiring the state’s nursing homes and assisted...more

City Council Passes “Hands Off, Pants On” and Automated External Defibrillator Ordinances for Chicago Hotels

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the so-called "Hands Off, Pants On" Ordinance requiring Chicago hotel employers to provide all housekeepers and restroom workers who work alone with mobile notification...more

Changes to Florida Emergency Rules for ALF and Nursing Home Generators

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As previously reported, Florida regulators have published emergency rules requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALF) to obtain generators and fuel sufficient to keep their facilities at 80 degrees or less...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

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

Airport Active Shooter Incident — What Can Happen in Just 15 Seconds, and What Business Needs to Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent active shooter incident at an international airport illustrates both how quickly an incident may be over, yet how ancillary impacts take much longer to resolve. While the shooter was apprehended in...more

State of Florida Provides Additional Guidance on New Generator Obligation for Senior Living Facilities

Florida Argentum has worked with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to obtain clarification on several matters with respect to Governor Scott’s emergency...more

Florida Nursing Home Deaths Have Ripple Effects for Facilities Statewide

Hurricane Irma’s wrath knocked out power to much of Florida. At one South Florida senior rehabilitation center left in the dark, the generator was not powerful enough to sustain the air conditioning system, and a portable...more

Equifax Breach: 3 Immediate Steps Leading Companies Are Taking To Respond

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Equifax, one of the three nationwide credit bureaus that track and rate the financial history of consumers, announced in September that it had suffered a data breach exposing personal information of up to 143 million...more

A Category 5 Compliance Problem: Hurricane Irma Gives Providers a Stark Reminder of Emergency Preparedness Realities

by Carlton Fields on

The havoc that Hurricane Irma caused in the Caribbean and most of Florida reminds us of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for emergency preparedness, which take effect November 15....more

Emergency Rules Requiring Generators in Florida ALFs and Nursing Homes

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As a result of Hurricane Irma, eight nursing home residents died after a power failure in a Hollywood, Florida nursing home. In the wake of that tragedy, on Sept. 18, 2017, Florida regulators published emergency rules...more

Time To Get Back To Work After Hurricane Irma – Part I

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Hurricane Irma did a number on South Florida and the Keys and while many people have no power and damage (myself included), we are all getting back to work. Over the next few days I’m going to focus my posts on post-Irma...more

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Checklist

by Carlton Fields on

Threats to your business operations come in many forms, including natural disasters that risk life and property such as the historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the risks from Hurricane Irma, or this summer's...more

What Issues May Employers Be Required to Address as Hurricane Irma Threatens?

by FordHarrison on

As Florida and the East Coast of the U.S. brace for Hurricane Irma, the approaching storm serves as a reminder that employers should be prepared to address storm-related issues if they are required to close their businesses...more

Hurricane Irma: Take A Hard Look At Force Majeure Clauses And Your Business Risks

With Hurricane Irma approaching Florida, people are naturally focused on preparations for its arrival and the potential adverse impacts that it will have. For businesses, that should include analysis of contractual...more

Employers Brace for Hurricane Irma

by Littler on

With many Americans still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, the next storm is already approaching. Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms ever recorded, is approaching Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin...more

After the Rain: Disaster Recovery and Employee Safety Following Hurricane Harvey

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: It is imperative that employers develop and implement organized and clearly communicated procedures for responding to a disaster. A well-planned and executed emergency response program will provide orderly...more

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