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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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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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Marc A. Schulz and Amber E. Storr Advance From Associates to Members

Wednesday, May 27th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine announces attorney promotions of Marc A. Schulz and Amber E. Storr.

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Lani J. Brandon Joins Hurwitz & Fine as a Litigation Associate

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Lani J. Brandon has joined Hurwitz & Fine as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, where she handles matters involving automobile liability and premises liability. 

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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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New York Unveils More Details Regarding Phase 1 of Reopening: Is Your Business Included?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine details out the businesses included in Phase 1, and the "Business Safety Precautions" plan they must to develop in order to reopen.

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Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. Announces New Leadership Team

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. is pleased to announce its new leadership team, effective as of May 1, 2020.

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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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