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The Risk of Legionella Lurking in Water Systems after COVID Closures

As schools begin to reopen in certain communities, in addition to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, officials are also worried about the increased risk of deadly illnesses caused by bacteria after months of closures. In fact, a dozen schools have already reported the detection of Legionella in their water systems, a warning to…

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How Generation Z Is Handling the Pandemic

Americans of all ages are grappling with life amid the coronavirus pandemic, but among those most affected is Generation Z. True, older generations are experiencing the highest fatality rates from COVID-19. And every generation is indeed under economic strain, as jobs are lost, hours are reduced, and pay is lowered. But older generations benefit from…

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Wildfires Rage Across Northern California

Record-breaking wildfires continue to engulf northern California. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports that 650 wildfires have burned over 1.5 million acres in the state since August 15. Officials say the flames have collectively burned an area larger than the size of Delaware.

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Inside Civil Unrest and Commercial Property Damage

On the heels of a number of deaths committed by police, protests broke out throughout the country. While most of the protests have been peaceful, rioting and looting have taken place in several cities, including most recently in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting. Many small businesses that have property damage as…

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COVID-19-Related Litigation Landscape and D&O Insurance

The coronavirus has taken its toll on businesses, workers, and the economy with the insurance industry at the center of quite a number of disputed cases, particularly with regard to business interruption losses. But over the last several months, we’ve also seen litigation impacting corporate directors and officers (D&O) – from securities class-action suits to…

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Insurance Industry Innovates with New Pandemic-Related Products

Most of what we’re reading about regarding the pandemic and the insurance industry involves the potential for litigation. But just as with any other major event and disruption that occurs, there is also an opportunity for individuals and companies to innovate. This is exactly what the insurance industry is doing, as evidenced by the number…

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Creative Ways Restaurants Are Responding to Coronavirus

While restrictions have eased and restaurant sales are seeing an increase, the restaurant industry is far from normal. During the first three months of the pandemic alone, the National Restaurant Association estimates that the restaurant and foodservice industry lost over $120 billion of revenue. And over half of all restaurants are expected to remain permanently…

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How the Insurance Industry Is Tackling Systemic Racism

Systemic racism has come to the forefront of our collective consciousness as we struggle as a country to truly address racial injustice and its impact on our society. Along with other industries, the insurance sector is looking at how to tackle systemic racism on various fronts and put into practice diversity and inclusion. Many organizations…

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Avoiding Legionnaires’ Outbreaks as Businesses Reopen

Amid COVID-19, remote work became the new normal, with the doors to most commercial offices closed for at least 90 days. The same was true for hotels, restaurants, theaters, gyms, factories, and other businesses that have been temporarily shut due to the pandemic. As businesses reopen, now there are also concerns about Legionnaires’ outbreaks, a…

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Vegas Rolls the Dice and Reopens Hotels, Casinos, and Restaurants

Nevada’s workforce has been among the hardest hit from the coronavirus pandemic. According to state data cited in an article in the Wall Street Journal, the pandemic and lockdown left one in every three workers in the Las Vegas area jobless. The unemployment rate in Nevada in April reached 28.2% − the highest of any…

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