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Hurricane Irma

Mainbrace: March 2018 (No. 1)

by Blank Rome LLP on

Ballast Water Management: The Conundrum Continues - It has been about 15 months since the U.S. Coast Guard (“USCG”) type-approved the first three ballast water management systems (“BWMSs”) in December 2016; three more...more

The Storm After the Storm

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Just as the Texas coast assessed the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey’s damage, Hurricane Irma was taking shape in the Atlantic. Fewer than two weeks later, Irma would crash into the Florida Keys. Estimates put Harvey and Irma’s...more

Smith to Moderate Judges’ Panel at ABI Symposium to Benefit Puerto Rico

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Charlotte Bankruptcy Member and Team Leader Zach Smith will be moderating a panel of Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Judges at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Caribbean Insolvency Symposium on February 1 in Miami, Florida....more

AHCA Sees the Light on Nursing Home Generator Rule, Unplugging Challenge

After Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, a nursing home in South Florida lost power, and several residents of that nursing home died allegedly as the result of increased temperatures caused by the loss of air...more

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

Repairing Damaged Docks, Piers, and Seawalls After Hurricane Irma

Waterfront properties in the Keys and on both sides of the coast in South Florida were hit hard when Hurricane Irma began its assault on the state on September 10. The devastation included massive damage to the docks,...more

Update on Florida's Emergency Generator Rules

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On September 15, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott directed that by November 15, 2017, all nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state were to install generators capable of powering air conditioning systems for...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

Defining Prompt Notice in Florida Insurance Policies

by Zelle LLP on

Hurricane Irma was both the strongest Cape Verde-type hurricane observed in the Atlantic and the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Hurricane Irma was also the first...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

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

Extension of Property Tax Discount in Miami-Dade and Potentially Other Counties

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On September 4, 2017, Governor Scott issued Executive Order 17-235 in response to anticipated severe damage across Florida due to Hurricane Irma. The Executive Order granted the Florida Department of Revenue authority to...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

Puerto Rico Secretary of Labor Issues Opinion Regarding Allowed Payroll Deductions Following Hurricanes Irma and María

by Littler on

On November 10, 2017, Puerto Rico's Secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources (“Secretary”) issued Opinion No. 2017-002 (“Opinion”) addressing allowable deductions from non-exempt employees’ pay following...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

Puerto Rico’s New Post-Hurricane Guidance: A How-To on Paying Exempt and Non-Exempt Workers

On October 17, 2017, the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (Secretary of Labor) published Opinion No. 2017-001, providing further guidance to private-sector employers on how they should...more

Contingency Fee Multipliers: Florida Supreme Court Rejects Rare and Exceptional Circumstances Requirement

Contingency fee multipliers increase attorney fee awards substantially. The general custom in American law is that each party is responsible for his or her own attorney’s fees, regardless of the outcome of the action. See...more

K&L Gates Triage: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Long Term Care - Part III

by K&L Gates LLP on

In the final episode of our three-part series on emergency preparedness and response in long term care, Kimi Gordy sits down with Sara Hamm, Senior Vice President of Successful Aging & Health Services for Lifespace...more

Florida Administrative Law Judge Invalidates Governor’s Executive Order Mandating Generators for Senior Housing Facilities

Last week, an Administrative Law Judge ruled against the governor and state agencies regulating senior housing communities, finding that the controversial emergency order did not address a true emergency and as written was...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

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

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

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