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March Update on How Employers Can Respond to COVID-19 with FAQs

Since publishing our previous post last month, there have been a number of significant developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – now officially called “COVID-19.”  Notably, during the week of February 23, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California, Oregon, and Washington. ...
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Comprehensive And Updated FAQs For Employers On The COVID-19 Coronavirus

LAST UPDATED: March 9, 2020 Fisher Phillips has assembled a cross-disciplinary taskforce of attorneys across the country to address the many employment-related issues facing employers in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The COVID-19 Taskforce has created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document, which has been continually updated since first published on March 3 and ...
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Resources to Combat the Coronavirus

This ConvergeBlog post features several articles that provide valuable information about COVID-10, or the Coronavirus. It is our hope that these articles can assist the travel and hospitality industries to combat the virus and manage the risks that come with it. We will continue to add links with updated information and valuable tips For more ...
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Pandemics and the Lodging Industry

As of the writing of this article, the Coronavirus pandemic is only a few weeks old, yet it is clear that this event is already having a significant impact on the travel industry. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus, now known as COVID-19, a global health emergency, and individual governments have imposed ...
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Recent Trends in Hotel Violence, Insurance, and Legal Liabilities

“A hotel has a duty to adopt reasonable security measures to protect guests from foreseeable harm. Foreseeability can be established from past circumstances that are likely to be repeated.” Judge Karen Morris, “Hotel security requires vigilant attention,” Hotel Management, 19 August 2019. In this brief, Jeff M. Moore, PhD, will discuss recent trends in hotel ...
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Wildfire Severity Factors and Risk Mitigation Tips

A wildfire is considered any unwanted or unplanned fire burning in forest, shrub, or grass. Wildfires are one of the most destructive natural disasters that exist and occur year-round all over the world. Some of the most common areas susceptible to wildfires are as follows: Western US: August – December Southeastern US: October – December ...
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8 Airport Safety Tips

The easiest time for pickpockets, robbers, or a loss of personal belongings is when you are in motion. On the bookends of your trip, you should be hyper-aware of your surroundings. When you’re moving through the airport, there are all sorts of events: check-in, bag check, security checkpoint, convenience stop, walk to the terminal, and ...
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New Jersey Becomes First State To Require Panic Devices In Hotels

New Jersey recently enacted legislation that requires hotels with at least 100 guest rooms to provide panic devices to certain employees. The purpose of the Panic Device Law is to protect hotel employees, often required to clean and cater to rooms on their own, from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other unsafe working conditions. It ...
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Europe Seeing Increase in Climate Change Protests

Climate protests have gained traction in Europe in the past six months. Various eco-activist groups and individuals are protesting perceived inaction by governments and corporations to avert climate-related disasters. Eco-activists, including groups like Extinction Rebellion and Smash Cruises, have staged frequent and intensely disruptive actions throughout Europe in the past several months. These actions have ...
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Risk Mitigation Measures for LGBTQ Personnel

Discussing sexually sensitive subject matter with students or employees ensures their awareness of and mitigates associated risks. Different countries present different societal attitudes on issues such as public displays of affection, projection of sexuality in dress and mannerisms, and LGBTQ concerns; traveler safety and health depend on those travelers receiving accurate and timely information about ...
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