Recent COVID-19 Updates


Bushwack and Lampert Contribute to USLAW Quick Guide
August 31, 2020 | General Liability
Jacqueline Bushwack and Matthew Lampert co-authored “The State of New York General Liability COVID-19 Quick Guide,” published by the USLAW NETWORK. USLAW’s newest compendium of law, the guide is a multi-state resource that addresses relevant state-specific general liability considerations in conjunction with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Written by USLAW NETWORK member attorneys, the compendium takes …
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Kaiser Quoted in Part B News
Jeff Kaiser was quoted in Part B News, “Do Stark waivers cover your rent break? Only if the break meets ‘COVID-19 purposes.” The article discusses the new Stark Law waivers issued due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One waiver in particular covers rental arrangements that are under fair market value (FMV) which are normally forbidden under …
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Richman and Bushwack Publish Article in Mealey’s Elder Law Report
David Richman and Jacqueline Bushwack published the article, “The Invisible Tort: Preparing For The Defense Of COVID-19 Negligence Claims” in Mealey’s Elder Law Report. It was previously published in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report. The article discusses how lawsuits are likely to be brought up against businesses if someone thinks he or she contracted COVID-19 there. …
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Hospitals to Get $10 Billion in COVID-19 Funding
July 21, 2020
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on July 17 that it will begin distributing a second round of funding to hospitals in “high impact COVID-19 areas.” The funding is intended to address the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. The funding is based on data submitted by hospitals about …
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Newsday Quotes Diviney on COVID-19 OSHA Guidance
July 13, 2020 | Employment & Labor
John Diviney was interviewed for the Newsday article, “Small Business: Companies face recording requirements for COVID-19.” The story discusses updated guidance issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to employers regarding their responsibility for recording coronavirus cases and determining whether they are work-related. To read the article, click here. Share this article: …
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Like Cloth Masks, Corporate Protections Are Not Absolute
We live in a different world than a few months ago. The existence of a pandemic in our community has impacted every aspect of our day-to-day life and has brought an unprecedented amount of uncertainty and anxiety as to the shape and tenor of our future experiences. So, in order to enjoy some degree of …
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NYC Dept. of Buildings’ Moratorium on Wellness Regulations Expires July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020 | Construction
The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) previously issued a restart guidance for resumption of construction. The guidance can be found at https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/restart_enforcement_guidance.pdf. Pursuant to the guidance, construction projects subject to permits issued by the DOB, or otherwise regulated by the New York City Construction Codes and the New York City Electrical Code, may …
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Shapiro Offers Guidance to Health Food Retailers amid COVID
Steven Shapiro wrote an article for Vitamin Retailer entitled, “Operating a Health Food Retail Establishment in the Age of Coronavirus.” The article covers the measures retailers have taken to respond to the pandemic, including selling hand sanitizers and gloves, as well as the dangers of making claims about products purported to cure COVID-19. It also …
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Ransomware Attacks Continue Unabated in the Era of COVID
On June 9, the Beazley Group, a specialty insurer affiliated with Lloyd’s Underwriters, issued a pointed reminder that, as we continue to fight the global pandemic of COVID-19, the cyber pandemic of ransomware continues. According to Beazley’s Breach Response Services group, ransomware incidents in the first quarter of 2020 increased by 25% compared to Q4 …
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Diviney Quoted in Newsday Article on Future Safety in Workplaces
June 1, 2020 | Employment & Labor
John Diviney was quoted in the Newsday article, “Small Business: Questions employers can ask workers during pandemic.” The article discusses the updated guidelines that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued to help businesses keep their workplaces safe and navigate through potentially uncertain situations. Click here to read the full article. Share this article: …
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Bushwack and Richman Published in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report
Jacqueline Bushwack and David Richman authored an article in Mealey’s Personal Injury Report, “The Invisible Tort: Preparing For The Defense Of COVID-19 Negligence Claims.” Click here to read the article. Share this article: …
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What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A
May 18, 2020
A May 15 article in Law360, “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A,” discussed the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. The article also addressed possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to remain financially viable. Rivkin Radler’s Robert Iseman …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
May 18, 2020
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By several …
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New Executive Orders Aid OPWDD Facilities amid COVID-19
In our prior bulletin, we discussed the likely lack of civil immunity from Justice Center enforcement actions conferred in other contexts by Executive Order 202.10. However, other Executive Orders provided some relief in the form of certain suspended or waived requirements applicable to facilities licensed by the Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD). By …
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Law360 Quotes Iseman and Lagios on COVID-Fueled Hospital Mergers
May 18, 2020 | Health Services
Robert Iseman and James Lagios were interviewed for the Law360 article: “What to Watch as COVID-19 Cash Crunch Fuels Hospital M&A.” The story discusses the wave of hospital mergers due to the coronavirus pandemic and its financial impact on healthcare facilities. It also speaks to possible antitrust enforcement actions against hospitals that must merge to …
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