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COVID-19 Business Interruption Complaint Survey

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

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

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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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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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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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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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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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PPP Changes Will Benefit Small Business Owners

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 was signed into law on June 5th, making the program's lending terms more favorable to small businesses.

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With WNY Poised for Phase 2, Is Your Business Ready to Re-open?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

This alert summarizes some of the key issues that businesses must consider as they make plans to reopen, including putting together a workplace safety plan.

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No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask, No Service

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Private business and store owners/operators now can use the “no mask-no entry” rule to deny individuals entry into their businesses if they have no mask on or refuse to wear a mask or other face-covering.

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U.S. DOL Simplifies Analysis of Overtime Exemption for Commissioned Sales Staff in the Service and Retail Industries

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor has issued a non-COVID-19-related final rule that service and retail industry employers should not overlook.

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As OSHA Returns to Pre-COVID-19 In-Person Inspections, OSHA Says Employers Must Make Efforts to Find Out If An Employee’s COVID-19 Is Work-Related – But How?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is increasing in-person inspections at all types of workplaces, and it will now enforce the recordkeeping requirements for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers.

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Nationwide State Survey of Healthcare Immunity Related to COVID-19

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

As the nation’s COVID-19 hotspot, NY has issued several Executive Orders and Department of Health Directives implementing various healthcare directives to combat the virus pandemic. However, NY is not alone in introducing legislative efforts to both assist and regulate healthcare facilities and providers in response to COVID-19. Many states have enacted similar such provisions, or already had such provisions in place, and we aim to provide a succinct summary of each of these in this alert.

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