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Examining Risk Transfer in Construction Agreements

Friday, July 10th, 2020

Well written risk transfer clauses are essential in the defense of a construction site accident and may mean the difference between the continuation or failure of an owner’s or general contractor’s family business.

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New York’s Travel Advisory: What It Means for Employers

Friday, July 10th, 2020

New York Governor Cuomo recently issued Executive Order 205, which requires certain individuals to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in New York if they are traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19

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Has Your Business Updated Its Office Safety Plans Based on the Latest NYS Guidance?

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

This alert summarizes some of the key differences between the office-based guidance issued on May 28 and the updated guidance on June 26.  Businesses should check the date at the top of the guidance to determine when it was last updated for their industry.

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Step Out Buffalo Business: 5 Things Employers Should (But Might Not) Know About Reopening in WNY

Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

Attorney Katherine L. Wood was featured as a guest contributor to Step Out Buffalo Business's Business Blog on July 8, 2020.

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Hurwitz & Fine Insurance Coverage Group Quoted in Multiple Industry Publications for Analysis of First COVID-19 Decision Nationwide

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine's Insurance Coverage team was quoted in Claims Journal and Insurance Journal on July 7, 2020 for its analysis of the first COVID-19 decision last week by a trial court judge in Lansing, Michigan.

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Best's Insurance News & Analysis: "Judge Siding With Insurer in COVID-19 BI Case Is a ‘Big Win,’ Attorneys Say"

Tuesday, July 7th, 2020

Attorney Lee S. Siegel was quoted in the Best's Insurance News & Analysis July 6, 2020 article.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Coverage Legislative Summary

Monday, July 6th, 2020

The Hurwitz & Fine Coverage Team prepared a consolidated resource document comprised of legislative summaries for all proposed state and federal legislation to date concerning COVID-19 business interruption coverage.

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COVID-19 Business Interruption Complaint Survey

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine’s Coverage Team has compiled a survey of known COVID-19 business interruption complaints filed to date.

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Michigan State Court Renders First Substantive COVID-19 Decision Nationwide And It’s A Big Win For Carriers

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

The first substantive COVID-19 business interruption decision nationwide is a big win for insurance carriers. A Michigan state court holds that “direct physical loss of or damage to property” requires more than mere loss of use/access, and, as a bonus, that the virus exclusion unambiguously excludes coverage for the viral pandemic.

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Managing Conflict as a Leader

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The leader who recognizes the importance of conflict resolution is a leader who understands the value of building strength from within, but to do so, one needs to be aware and mindful of the conflict and the need to resolve it.

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A Whirlwind Introduction to Our New Series on Business Contracts

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Now more than ever, we urge our business friends and clients to take this time to reflect on how commercial activities were conducted before the pandemic in the hope of changing the way you effectively conduct business going forward, with the purpose of mitigating or at least reducing your legal risk of exposure.

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Discrimination, Harassment, and Accommodations During a Pandemic, Part 2: What Employers Should Know About the EEOC’s Latest Guidance

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

In Part 2 of this series, we will focus on the new EEOC guidance related to age, sex, and pregnancy discrimination issues that may arise as the result of the pandemic. 

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Discrimination, Harassment, and Accommodations During a Pandemic, Part 1: What Employers Should Know About the EEOC’s Latest Guidance

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

With many regions now in Phase 3 of New York’s reopening plan, employers should be aware of potential claims they may not immediately view as COVID-19 related.

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Erie County Clerk's Office to Re-Open Under Very Limited Parameters

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns has issued a directive opening the Erie County Clerk’s Office to title companies ONLY starting this coming Monday, June 15, 2020.

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Legislative Updates - June 2020

Thursday, June 11th, 2020

With the New York lawmakers returning to work, the NYS Legislature has been working to address a number of timely issues, including the (until recently) quickly dwindling CVA lookback window and a multi-bill package intended to reform New York's various law enforcement agencies. 

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NY Workers’ Compensation Board Issues Fact Sheet on COVID-19 Claims

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

New York State Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) recently published a fact sheet—entitled COVID-19 & Workers’ Compensation Q&A—which suggests that many COVID-19 claims are likely to be approved.  The key take-aways from the fact sheet and best practices for employers are summarized in this alert.

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Fun in the Sun: What Employers Should Know About the Re-Opening of Outdoor Dining in NYS

Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

As of June 4, 2020, outdoor and patio dining have re-opened in WNY as part of Phase 2 of the State’s re-opening plan. How should employers go about re-opening their outdoor dining spaces, and what should they know about the NYS Department of Labor Interim Guidance on outdoor dining? 

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SECURE Act Limits “Stretch IRA” Estate Planning Opportunities

Monday, June 8th, 2020

The rules for how an IRA account balance is treated upon the death of the account owner have changed significantly, and those changes could impact many families.

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Buffalo Business First: "Interruption insurance debate may lead to consolidated litigation"

Friday, June 5th, 2020

More than 350 Business Interruption lawsuits have been filed by policy holders against insurers in response to the pandemic. Attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Ryan P. Maxwell talked to Buffalo Business First in the June 5, 2020 edition on what could happen next.

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"Excess Insurance Case Summaries" from the ABA Spring 2020 Newsletter

Friday, June 5th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine Insurance Coverage Attorneys Dan D. Kohane, Steven E. Peiper, Agnieszka E. Wilewicz and Charles J. Englert III were featured in the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Spring 2020 newsletter for their excess insurance case summaries.

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