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As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

This week, Florida expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines to all residents 16 and older. But across the state, more than 70,000 people still don’t have access to the vaccine. Those men and women are state prisoners. More than half the ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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