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COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regulations for Businesses

Oct 13 2020
On July 15, Virginia became the first state to adopt workplace safety regulations to address COVID-19, both to help curtail the spread of the virus and to drive sustained economic recovery throughout the Commonwealth. Other states have adopted, or are considering, similar COVID-19 workplace safety regulations. So what do employers need to do if they operate in Virginia? What states have taken similar action? And what should companies do to get their organizations ready for what may come to their state?
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FAQ - Return to Work: Employment Considerations

May 15 2020
On May 13, 2020, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Mark Henriques, Beth Tyner Jones and Richard Rainey held a webinar discussion on employment considerations as companies reopen for business. These are the some of the most frequently asked questions we have received on this topic to date.
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Business Interruption Coverage, OSHA Issues & Workers’ Compensation Issues in the COVID-19 Era

May 15 2020
When things are going well, insurance coverage, workers’ compensation and OSHA compliance may not be front-burner issues for companies. But in the COVID-19 environment, such “rainy day” topics are top of mind concerns of company leaders and their legal counsel. On May 8, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Cal Adams, Mason Freeman, Rachel Keen, Jonathan Reich and Gemma Saluta conducted a webinar on what business leaders need to know about workers’ compensation, insurance coverage and OSHA regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdown/reopening period. While the webinar discussion focused on North Carolina businesses, many of the topics discussed are applicable to companies operating in many states.
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Employment Considerations for Returning to Work

May 14 2020
Employment law poses some of the most important compliance issues for businesses and their in-house counsel under the best of circumstances. During a pandemic, these issues become heightened. On May 13, Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Mark Henriques, Beth Tyner Jones and Richard Rainey held a webinar discussion on employment considerations as companies reopen for business.
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Environmental Safety Considerations for Returning to Work

May 08 2020
As companies begin to reopen from the COVID-19 shutdown, workplace safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. While risks can never be completely eliminated, the good news is that there are a number of steps companies can implement now to greatly improve environmental health and safety in their workplaces.
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General Liability Considerations and Potential Exposure in Reopening from COVID-19 Shutdown

May 01 2020
After weeks of business closures and stay-at-home orders, many states are slowly beginning to allow businesses to reopen their doors—usually with significant modifications from “business as usual,” but with more freedom to operate than during the shutdown. With this next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic come important legal and business issues to consider about reopening. On May 1, Womble Bond Dickinson litigation attorneys Mark Henriques (who is leading the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force), Greg Horton and Sara Tucker presented a webinar on general liability issues in a return to work scenario.
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49 Lawyers and 18 Practice Areas Recognized in Chambers USA 2020

Apr 23 2020
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP is pleased to announce that 49 attorneys and 18 state-level practice areas have been ranked in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. This includes three attorneys who have been recognized in Chambers’ High Net Worth (HNW) Guide. Six practices earned Band 1 rankings, and 11 lawyers received one or more Band 1 rankings.
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Be Prepared for OSHA’s COVID-19 Interim Enforcement Response Plan

Apr 17 2020
On April 13, 2020, OSHA issued its Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Employers should pay close attention to this interim guidance because it includes important changes to enforcement guidelines and record-keeping requirements. High-risk employers in the medical and manufacturing sectors face especially important rule changes and enforcement risks. Employers in all sectors should make sure their written policies reflect OSHA’s most up-to-date changes.