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Zika Virus Increases Concerns About Employee Safety

By JULIE CRESWELL and DAVID SEGAL Early in her pregnancy, Whitney Peak traveled to Rio de Janeiro for her job with Leblon Cachaça, a liquor company based in Brazil. That was in October, before much was known about Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through South America and that scientists say may be linked ...
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To Fight the Zika Pandemic, Learn from Ebola

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Though not yet confirmed, Zika is suspected of causing microcephaly — babies born with small heads and abnormal brain development — and paralysis in adults. The virus is“spreading explosively” throughout South and Central America with cases confirmed in more than 20 countries. The ...
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Lawyers see limited legal options for workers sent in Zika’s way

Employees of U.S. companies seeking to avoid exposure to the Zika virus likely have few legal avenues to either refuse travel to affected areas or sue if they actually become sick from the virus. But it may be a different story if such workers subsequently give birth to Zika-infected babies. Since Zika was detected in ...
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Insurance Coverage For Possible Ebola Claims Involving Hospitality Businesses

Originally published in Anderson Kill’s Hospitality Alert, Nov. 2014  Co-authored by Diana Shafter Gliedman Now that the first cases of Ebola in the United States have been treated and the country is for the moment Ebola-free, it’s easier than two months ago to maintain perspective. Ebola is difficult to contract, and widespread outbreaks in the ...
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Luxury and Loneliness: The Dark Side of Business Travel

With a roster of alluring destinations and five-star hotels, going on a business trip can seem like a whirlwind of high-powered glamor on the surface. But for people constantly traveling for work, the reality is often quite different. Check-in queues, flight delays and lonely dinners make up a large part of the business traveler lifestyle, ...
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Recent Events Highlight Legionella Risks for Commercial Real Estate, Hospitality, and Health Care Industries

Co-authored by Aaron Mapes Legionnaires Disease has grabbed headlines in recent weeks, with high profile outbreaks that have resulted in sicknesses and deaths, along with calls for stricter regulation of water systems, particularly HVAC cooling towers. In New York City this summer, an outbreak traced to a cooling tower at a Bronx hotel resulted in ...
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