December 6, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg provided his inspiring vision of New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy this morning at the Downtown Marriott at a breakfast titled, “Shaping New York City’s Future After Sandy.” The surprise guest at the event was Vice President Al Gore, who addressed Climate Change issues in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and introduced the mayor.
Gore advised the overflow breakfast crowd that New York City was fortunate to have Mayor Bloomberg heading and driving the re-building effort. In his mind, and in the minds of leading Climate Change scientists, such as Dr. James E. Hanson and Dr. Kevin Trenberth, the ferocity of Hurricane Sandy was clearly attributable to global warming.
December 1, 2012
There is a significant risk that there will be a resurgence of mold claims and mold litigation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy left behind thousands of homes and offices in New York and New Jersey with flood-soaked flooring and sheet rock and water-damaged carpeting and personal belongings, which are all potential sources of mold if not removed and replaced. In addition to potential mold exposure to property owners and lessees, there is the potential occupational risk to the thousands of workers in the construction trades who are working to repair damaged homes and offices.
November 12, 2012
Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Harley Storrings was quoted in a November 6 article in The Wall Street Journal, titled “Disaster Dilemma: How to Pay Employees Who Missed Work.” The article discusses how companies, which needed to excuse worker absences due to Hurricane Sandy, are grappling with how much, and for how long, to pay employees who could not make it in to work. Mr. Storrings comments that federal law states that hourly employees are required to be paid only for the hours they actually work—regardless of whether the business itself is closed or the employee cannot get to work—unless a union contract or state laws stipulate otherwise. In a November 7 article in Business New Daily, titled “Does Family and Medical Leave Act Apply to Hurricane Sandy Victims,” Mr. Storrings provides advice to businesses on how to handle FMLA claims in the aftermath of a storm like Hurricane Sandy.
To read the articles in full, please click here for the Wall Street Journal article and here for the Business News Daily article.
November 6, 2012
by Maxine Neuhauser
Hurricane Sandy has provided us with substantial food for thought since our October 17 program during which we explored what it means to “have it all.” In the aftermath of the storm, and seeing the devastation and the damage suffered by so many in the region, I am left thinking, “No power, no problem.” All of us at Epstein Becker Green certainly hope that all our friends and colleagues have weathered Hurricane Sandy with only a minor disruption, but we know that there are many, including in our own Epstein Becker Green family, still struggling with the loss of property and power.
October 26, 2012
By: Kara M. Maciel
Hurricane Sandy is approaching this weekend, so employers along the East Coast should refresh themselves on the wage and hour issues arising from the possibility of missed work days in the wake of the storm.
A few brief points that all employers should be mindful of under the FLSA: