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Hurricane Harvey

Employer’s Guide to Navigating Mother Nature’s Fury – Avoiding Liability in the Wake of the Bomb Cyclone 2018

From the buried streets caused by last week’s “Bomb Cyclone,” to our lasting memories and ramifications of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are reminded that mother nature’s fury packs a punch nationwide. Beyond employer...more

Congress Passes Government Funding Measures

by Baker Donelson on

On December 21, Congress passed a bill to continue funding the government through January 19, 2018, averting a potential government shutdown ahead of the December 22, 2017, deadline for the previous funding measure. The House...more

Insurers Brace for a Texas-sized Assessment for FAIR Plan Members

by Locke Lord LLP on

At its recent December 11th meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Governing Committee of the Texas FAIR Plan Association (TFPA) is reported to have approved an assessment for its insurance company members of over $64 million...more

2017 Hurricane Season the Costliest on Record

by Locke Lord LLP on

The 2017 United States Atlantic hurricane season, which officially ended on November 30, was the most expensive ever according to one report. Disaster modelers Chuck Watson and Mark Johnson concluded that total damages for...more

When a Business Entrance is Blocked: Ingress/Egress Coverage in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma

by Zelle LLP on

As businesses and insurers recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, it may take time to fully assess the effects of these storms on a business’s bottom line. Invariably, however, the scale of these...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Reconsideration of DACA Applications, Immigration Status in Court & Sanctuary Cities, ICE Enforcement...

– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Reconsider Delayed DACA Applications. When the Trump Administration announced in September that DACA would be ending, and that the final applications would be accepted no later...more

Three Questions on Disaster Response with Ernie Abbott, Of Counsel, Baker Donelson

by Baker Donelson on

What is the status of funding for rebuilding after the recent disasters in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and what can we expect moving forward? After each of the big disasters that have...more

The Latest on 2017 EEO-1 Reporting Requirements

by Hogan Lovells on

Employers subject to EEO-1 reporting were relieved to learn that the controversial new pay data reporting requirement for this year’s EEO-1 report was recently suspended. ...more

Big questions still to be answered by insurers and reinsurers after hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This post is the last in a three part series regarding insurance issues related to hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Read about the first post on legal restoration and the second on business interruption....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

Claims Stemming from Government Regulated Flooding After Hurricane Harvey

by Zelle LLP on

In August, Hurricane Harvey directly hit the city of Houston, leaving substantial wind and flood damage in its wake. Many home and business owners who avoided flood damage breathed a sigh of relief on August 28 when the...more

In Re: Hurricane Harvey, Inverse Condemnation And Potential Subrogation Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

I. OVERVIEW - On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas as a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane. It then stalled over Houston. After landfall, winds diminished but precipitation did not, and over...more

$16 Billion Debt Cancellation Gives Breathing Space for National Flood Insurance Program

The Senate’s vote Tuesday to forgive $16 billion in debt owed by the National Flood Insurance Program gives a much-needed boost for NFIP as it faces large payouts from recent hurricanes. Packaged with other disaster aid...more

Business interruption post-Harvey and Irma

by Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC on

This blog post is the second in a three part series. Business owners affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma spent the first few days and weeks cleaning up, making repairs and completing countless other activities to get...more

Agencies Issue Temporary Exceptions To Appraisal Requirements In Hurricane Areas

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Reserve Board has issued a statement providing for temporary exception to appraisal requirements in hurricane areas affected by severe storms and flooding related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria....more

Trigger for Hurricane and Named Storm Deductibles

Recent damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria have focused attention on special “named storm” and “hurricane” deductible endorsements found in most property insurance policies issued for coastal areas. Such...more

Washed Away: What Rights Do You Have When Your Home is Flooded?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Bill Deron bought a 100-acre tract next to a creek outside the City of Houston. Deron planned to build a subdivision where some of the homes abut a creek. The other homes would sit about 15 feet higher than the creekside...more

Additional Hurricane Relief for Retirement Plan Participants Makes Landfall

On September 29, 2017, the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 (the “Act”)1 was signed into law to provide aid to victims who are recovering from the recent hurricanes in August and September...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part III

In the first part of the series “The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims,” we covered assessing property damage and applying insurance proceeds in compliance with the terms of the standard mortgage...more

Relief After The Storm: Volunteer Efforts Make A Difference

From hurricanes Harvey to Irma, Maria and Nate, how nongovernmental organizations, private enterprise, local groups, and transported not-for-profits help to make the system work....more

Federal Relief for Employee Benefits Plans Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

by Reed Smith on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have issued compliance guidance and a new law has been enacted providing employee benefits-related relief for...more

Tax relief for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

by Dentons on

The US federal government has taken a number of steps to ease the tax burden on individuals and businesses affected by damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin...more

Mainbrace: October 2017 (No. 4)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Note from the Maritime Industry Team - Large sectors of the maritime industry—especially offshore—remain in the doldrums, but it nonetheless has been a busy few months for our Blank Rome Maritime group. Our Washington,...more

OFCCP Issues Compliance Relief to Federal Contractors in Wake of Devastating Hurricanes

In the wake of the devastating series of hurricanes throughout the United States, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has provided compliance exemptions to federal contractors providing hurricane...more

After the Waters Recede: The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims, Part II

In the first part of the series “The Mortgage Servicer’s Role in Navigating Insurance Claims,” we covered assessing the damage in the wake of a natural disaster and applying the proceeds when complying with the terms of...more

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