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Civil Litigation: Work from home can bring new issues, but not all bad

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Even before COVID-19, the number of employees working from home was steadily rising. Employers who want to stay relevant and keep competitive with their counterparts are almost required to have a work from home policy. In 2019, SmallBizGenius put the ...

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Attorneys predict employment litigation issues to gain traction post-pandemic

Stacey Trien

While the COVID-19 pandemic put employment litigation matters on hold last year, local attorneys expect it to not only resume, but pick up substantially as employment issues related to the pandemic come to the forefront in the short-term. Jeffrey Calabrese, ...

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Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

A man walks past a "Now Hiring" sign on a window at Sherwin Williams store, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Massive fraud in the nation's unemployment system is raising alarms even as President Joe Biden and Congress prepare to pour hundreds of billions more into expanded benefits for those left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions ...

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New York sues Amazon over worker safety during pandemic

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New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses in the state as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide. The suit from New York Attorney General Letitia James landed just days after ...

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Authorities: Men posed as US marshals to avoid wearing masks

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men are accused of pretending to be federal marshals and flashing phoney credentials to get out of wearing facial coverings at a South Florida resort hotel. When the staff at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach ...

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Biden extends pandemic help for homeowners, renters wait

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Thursday in New York City. During the event, Biden, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and actress Mariska Hargitay announced almost $80 million in grants to help eliminate a vast nationwide backlog of rape kits. AP Images

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is extending a ban on housing foreclosures to June 30 to help homeowners struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures of federally guaranteed mortgages had been set to expire on March 31. On ...

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Government investigating massive counterfeit N95 mask scam

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities are investigating a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation in which fake 3M masks were sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. The foreign-made knockoffs are becoming increasingly difficult to spot ...

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Real Estate Law: Pandemic impacts are not a defense to paying rent

John Anderson

As we have seen for much of the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the commercial real estate industry with several unique challenges. As a result, commercial tenants have asserted various legal arguments in an attempt to defer or ...

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NY nursing home virus deaths were undercounted, AG says

New York State Attorney General Letitia James takes a question after announcing that the state is suing the National Rifle Association during a press conference, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in New York. James said that the state is seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

ALBANY (AP) — New York may have undercounted COVID-19 deaths of nursing home residents by as much as 50%, the state’s attorney general said in a report released Thursday. Attorney General Letitia James has, for months, been examining discrepancies between ...

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Civil Litigation: Hindsight is 2020 — Workplace litigation during the pandemic

Stephanie B. Hoffmann

Employers were hit hard in 2020, not only with government-mandated closings and the growing risk of infection, but also with the heightened potential for employment law violations. New state and federal protections were implemented for workers impacted by COVID-19, with ...

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