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School’s Out for Summer: US DOL Issues New Guidance on FFCRA Childcare Leave and More

Friday, May 15th, 2020

The initial flurry of requests for Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) leave may have passed, but as New York businesses make plans to reopen, we are likely to see new situations where parents with school-aged children may request leave under the FFCRA. 

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Law360: "Expert Analysis: Major Trends In COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits"

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

In addition to compiling and updating a survey of known COVID-19 business interruption complaints filed to date, Attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Ryan P. Maxwell have published an article in Law360, which analyzes these lawsuits for trends.

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A Note From Our New Managing Partner

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

We’re two months into working from home, and two weeks into our new leadership. Jody Briandi, Managing Partner, details how Hurwitz & Fine is handling the challenges and staying the course during COVID-19.

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WSHU Public Radio: "How Coronavirus Relief May Lead To Tort Reform"

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Attorneys Lee S. Siegel and Joseph S. Brown were interviewed in the May 14, 2020 NPR news segment.

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Update on the Courts

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

This update provides information on the defense of claims, filing and serving papers, pending motions, and trials.

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Finding Creative Solutions to Business Disputes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity for businesses to find creative and cost-effective solutions to their most pressing business disputes in a time of uncertainty.

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Buffalo Business First: "Don’t Risk Litigation: Revise Employment Policies Before Reopening"

Monday, May 11th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine Labor & Employment Attorney Joseph S. Brown speaks on the key legal issues and best practices that employers should consider as they prepare to return to the "new normal" workplace in the May 11, 2020 edition of Buffalo Business First.

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Eviction Moratorium Extended Though August 20th – What Does That Mean For Landlords?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

On May 7th, New York Governor Cuomo extended the moratorium on commercial and residential evictions due to COVID-19 related hardships by another 60 days—through August 20, 2020.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Intention to Extend Child Victims Act Lookback Period

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Governor Cuomo announced that the CVA “lookback” window would be extended by five months, now closing on January 14, 2021.

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EEOC Issues New Return-to-Work Guidance for Employers on ADA Implications of COVID-19

Friday, May 8th, 2020

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has provided updated guidance to employers on issues related to: (1) employee requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”); (2) individuals at high risk for contracting COVID-19 who have not requested accommodations; and (3) potential undue burdens on employers.

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Buffalo Business First: "Briandi Takes Over Top Role at Hurwitz & Fine"

Friday, May 8th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine's new President/Managing Partner Jody Briandi is featured in the May 8, 2020 edition of Buffalo Business First, discussing her career and transition during the pandemic.

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Public Fear: The Newest COVID-19 Coverage?

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine identified and tracked 56 business income complaints filed to date. There are many similarities among the complaints. But complaint number 57 is different, very different. Welcome to “Public Fear” coverage.

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What Happens to Your PPP Loan Forgiveness Amount if a Laid Off Employee Rejects an Offer to Rehire?

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

For those businesses who obtained a PPP loan, in order to have it forgiven, they may need to get their staff off unemployment and back on the payroll.  But what if a laid off employee rejects an offer to rehire?

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Hurwitz & Fine Quoted in Buffalo Business First, "How Buffalo Law Firms Have Responded to the Pandemic"

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine was quoted in the May 7, 2020 edition of Buffalo Business First, "How Buffalo Law Firms Have Responded to the Pandemic."

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Embracing Gratitude and New Opportunities in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

With change comes new opportunities to best serve our clients. We have responded by creating and launching our COVID-19 Legal Response Team, which is an inter-disciplinary practice group devoted to COVID-19 liability issues. This team, supported by our COVID-19 Resource Center on our website will provide the guidance you need whether it is a workplace or employment issue, defense of a nursing home or other health care provider, advice on the enforceability of force majeure clauses in contracts, or business interruption claims.

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Rebound Your Business: What You Should Know

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Is your business ready to re-open when workplace restrictions issued in response to the COVID-19 crisis are eventually lifted? 

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ABA Practice Points: When Signing Your Client’s Name to an Interrogatory Verification Isn’t Worth It

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Attorneys Agnieszka A. Wilewicz and John R. Ewell co-authored "When Signing Your Client’s Name to an Interrogatory Verification Isn’t Worth It" in the May 6, 2020 edition of the American Bar Association's Practice Points.

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DRI Podcast: Follow-Up to Coronavirus Insurance Implications Webinar

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine Attorney Dan Kohane, along with Paul White and Chris Martin, provides information in this DRI webinar follow-up on coronavirus insurance implications.

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City & State New York: Attorney Dan Kohane Quoted in "Should Insurance Companies Have to Cover Small Businesses’ Pandemic Losses?"

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Attorney Dan Kohane questions imposing upon insurance companies an obligation to pay for claims for which they never accepted a premium in the article "Should insurance companies have to cover small businesses’ pandemic losses?" in the May 5, 2020 edition of City & State New York.

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Hurwitz & Fine Resources on COVID-19 Business Interruption: Lawsuits and Legislative Summaries

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

As national coordinating and lead counsel for several carriers, Hurwitz & Fine is tracking legislative initiatives and the dozens of lawsuits filed by policyholders seeking Business Interruption coverage. We have highlighted a few key takeaways from these recent developments.

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