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July 1, 2020
July 1, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program and Business Interruption Legislation Expected to Have Large-Scale Consequences on the Insurance Industry

June 18, 2020
June 18, 2020
New York Insurance Regulation 64 Aims at Prompt and Fair Settlement of Claims Arising From a Riot or Civil Commotion

Regulation 64 sets forth the standards for insurers to settle claims promptly and fairly.

May 28, 2020
May 29, 2020
Rulings on Constitutional Challenges to COVID-19 Restrictions May Ultimately Impact Business Interruption Coverage Claims

Business closure and stay-at-home orders have faced legal challenges based on putative Constitutional claims across several states.

May 28, 2020
May 28, 2020
Pending PA Senate Bill 1127 Takes a New Approach to Business Interruption Coverage Claims But Provides a Basis for Insurers to Deny Coverage

Pennsylvania

May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020
As Lawsuits Ensue, Refunding Tuition May Be In Universities’ Best Interest

May 20, 2020
May 20, 2020
VIDEO: Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers: Cares Act Tax Provisions Edition

May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Presumptions

As states rapidly enact COVID-19 workers’ compensation presumptions some businesses are considering legal challenges to these new laws, others have already started and are winning.

May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020
Proposed Presumptive Workers’ Compensation Legislation Would Eliminate Burden of Proof on Essential Workers for COVID-19 Claims

The bill also provides that an essential employee's absence from work due to the virus cannot be considered "on-duty time."

May 12, 2020
May 12, 2020
VIDEO: Using the COVID-19 Shutdown to Enhance the University Brand

May 7, 2020
May 7, 2020
VIDEO: Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers

May 1, 2020
May 20, 2020
UPDATE: King’s Bench Power – Authority Sought For COVID-19 Insurance Claims

May 1, 2020
May 1, 2020
Illinois Decision Rejects COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Presumption

Challenge to COVID-19 workers' compensation presumption results in repeal of rule.

April 28, 2020
April 28, 2020
Legal Considerations for Small Businesses During and After the Covid-19 Crisis

Chartwell Law partner, Andrew Klaber, has assembled a high-level summary of issues that may exist or arise due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 15, 2020
May 15, 2020
UPDATE: New Hearing Procedures Before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission

Effective April 23, 2020, the commission will allow the parties to request a video remote hearing.

April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020
COVID-19 and the Exclusivity Provisions of Workers' Compensation

New efforts are being taken by some to circumvent the exclusivity provisions of many states’ workers’ compensation laws.

April 24, 2020
April 27, 2020
VIDEO: Work Related Injuries... From Home

April 22, 2020
April 23, 2020
Pennsylvania Senate Proposes Legislation That Would Leave Insurers Little to No Basis to Deny Coverage

Senate Bill 1114, the “COVID-19 Insurance Relief Act,” was introduced to the Banking and Insurance Committee on April 15, 2020.

April 22, 2020
April 22, 2020
Multidistrict Request Could Bring Flood of Federal Insurance Coverage Cases to Eastern District of PA

April 22, 2020
April 27, 2020
VIDEO: What is the Impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s Workers’ Compensation?

April 21, 2020
April 27, 2020
VIDEO: Reimbursement of College Tuition and Fees After COVID-19

April 17, 2020
May 28, 2020
Preposterous Presumptions: COVID-19 Workers’ Comp Presumption Laws Trivialize Science, Accomplish Little for Workers, and Unnecessarily Burden Employers

April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020
COVID-19 – Pennsylvania Decision May Have Harsh Unintended Consequences for Insurance Industry

The PA Supreme Court has ruled COVID-19 qualifies as a natural disaster.

April 16, 2020
April 17, 2020
COVID-19 – Now Congress Chimes In

New proposed federal legislation, H.R. Bill 6494

April 14, 2020
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 – More Coverage Questions Than Answers?

Businesses’ concerns pivot from minimizing disruption to outright survival as they face the new reality of being unable to meet financial obligations.

April 14, 2020
April 14, 2020
Calculating Your University Refund After the COVID-19 Campus Shutdown

Universities have begun voluntarily offering a refund, rebate, or credit relative to student payments made for the spring semester of 2020, is it enough?

April 9, 2020
April 27, 2020
VIDEO: What to Cover When Interviewing a PA Employee with a Covid-19 Diagnosis

A discussion on how a Pennsylvania employer might respond to a report from an employee with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis who believes it may be work-related

April 8, 2020
April 8, 2020
TOP 10 COVID-19 TIPS AND QUESTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted almost every facet of life and business.

April 8, 2020
April 14, 2020
Proposed Pennsylvania Bill Would Require Coverage For Business Interruption Losses From COVID-19--Is it Constitutional? Does it Create More Issues Than it Solves?

Pennsylvania has joined five other states in introducing legislation to force insurers to pay for COVID-19-related business interruption losses.

April 3, 2020
April 3, 2020
Guidance for Small Businesses on the CARES Act

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) created programs to assist certain businesses with COVID-19

April 2, 2020
April 27, 2020
VIDEO: What is the Impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey Workers' Compensation?

With the quick spread of COVID-19, many New Jersey employers are questioning the impact of the virus on the state’s workers’ compensation system.

April 2, 2020
April 2, 2020
The Impact Of COVID-19 On Workers’ Compensation Issues Involving Modified Duty And Alleged COVID-19 Claims

To our clients, partners, and friends . . .

April 2, 2020
April 24, 2020
Force Majeure and Business Contracts

At a high-level, a force majeure clause is a provision in a contract which may excuse a party from performing their obligations under a contract.

March 31, 2020
April 10, 2020
The Impact of Past Court Decisions Could Have on Insurance Coverage for Business Interruption Caused by the Coronavirus

Insurers must be proactive in reviewing policies to identify the potential exposure arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak

March 30, 2020
April 10, 2020
Event Cancellations Caused by COVID-19 - Is the Force Majeure With you?

No March Madness? Postponement of the Olympics, NHL and NBA seasons? This would have been inconceivable three months ago but is the reality of today.

March 30, 2020
March 30, 2020
Important Update: New Jersey Workers’ Comp Courts to Open Telephonically

We will continue to keep you updated as more details of how the hearings will be conducted become available and we will continue our efforts at moving cases forward

March 27, 2020
April 3, 2020
Commercial General Liability Insurance Policies and Their Application to COVID-19 Bodily Injury Claims

To add insult to injury, a wave of litigation involving COVID-19 is undoubtedly expected

March 19, 2020
March 27, 2020
How Will COVID-19 Affect Massachusetts Workers' Compensation?

Who is eligible to receive workers' comp benefits in MA?

March 26, 2020
March 26, 2020
Assessing the New York Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Claim

New York’s unfortunate emergence as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has raised an abundance of questions

March 26, 2020
June 15, 2020
UPDATE: Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation

Notes from a conference call with Joseph DeRita, Director of Workers' Compensation Office of Adjudication for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

March 26, 2020
April 10, 2020
Dormitory Parents are Getting Refunds, so What About my Children's Off-Campus Lease?

With colleges and universities making the decision to move to online learning in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic, families are left with a myriad of questions

March 25, 2020
March 26, 2020
New Procedures for Handling Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Light of COVID-19

Pennsylvania’s Workers’ Compensation system continues to struggle with how to move matters along, considering that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has rendered live hearings impossible

March 24, 2020
March 25, 2020
COVID-19 in the Workplace, a Maryland Perspective

A claimant alleging work-related COVID-19 would need to prove that there was an exposure at work that caused COVID-19 for an accidental injury.

March 24, 2020
April 10, 2020
New York: Workers’ Compensation Claims While Employees are Working From Home

Although recently expanded in response to COVID-19, work-from-home positions are not a unique concept

March 24, 2020
March 26, 2020
In the Face of the COVID-19 Pandemic's Impact on Business and Policyholders, the New York Department of Financial Services Sets Forth New Directives for Insurers

The World Health Organization’s (“WHO”) formal declaration that the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 is now a pandemic.

March 24, 2020
March 24, 2020
How to Handle Issues for Workers in Florida on Modified Duty During the COVID-19 Crisis

Florida is one of the states with the highest count of COVID-19 cases, and the rate is increasing daily.

March 23, 2020
April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Closures: Is my Business Covered?

Is there business interruption coverage available to those businesses that have been forced to shut down and/or halt operations due to the COVID-19 crisis? Maybe.

March 23, 2020
April 10, 2020
From One Parent to Another on University Refunds

As colleges and universities are closing their doors early due to COVID-19, are students entitled to any sort of refund?

March 20, 2020
March 21, 2020
Vermont and New Hampshire Workers’ Compensation – Infectious Disease / COVID-19

Determining the compensability of employees who contract COVID-19 needs to be analyzed on a case-by-case basis

March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020
Rhode Island – Infectious Disease COVID-19

Under Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Law, an occupational disease is set apart of accidental injuries

March 18, 2020
April 21, 2020
Assessing the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation COVID-19 “Coronavirus” Claim

Recent media reports have raised concerns and… some confusion.

March 19, 2020
May 28, 2020
Update Regarding Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The ramifications for employers are significant.

March 19, 2020
March 23, 2020
Pandemic: An Outbreak of Negligent Security Litigation

Lawsuits to come out of the myriad scenarios associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 19, 2020
March 23, 2020
Workers’ Compensation Issues Involving COVID-19: Dealing with Wage Loss Benefits

Chartwell Law's view on wage loss benefits due to COVID-19

March 18, 2020
March 20, 2020
Business Interruption Insurance Coverage Challenges Triggered by COVID-19

COVID-19 causes challenges for businesses to trigger coverage for business interruption.

March 18, 2020
March 21, 2020
The Impending Storm of COVID-19 Related Insurance Coverage Claims

Like recent natural disasters, such as Superstorm Sandy, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is likely to result in a myriad of insurance coverage claims

March 19, 2020
March 21, 2020
How Will COVID-19 Affect Connecticut Workers' Compensation?

In Connecticut, is COVID-19 a compensable injury under the Workers' Compensation Act?

March 19, 2020
March 21, 2020
How Will COVID-19 Affect Maine Workers' Compensation?

In Maine, what are the Supreme Judicial Court's requirements for workers' compensation benefits?

March 19, 2020
March 26, 2020
Department of Labor and Industry Advises Employers How to Handle Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation Benefits

On March 16, 2020 the DOL issued a press release stating PA workers affected by the novel coronavirus may be eligible for UC and WC benefits.

March 18, 2020
April 17, 2020
The Impact of COVID-19 on Employers

A guideline for employers during the Coronavirus pandemic

March 17, 2020
April 10, 2020
What is the Impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey Workers’ Compensation?

If COVID-19 arises out of and in the course of employment is it a compensable illness in NJ?

March 13, 2020
March 17, 2020
A Message to Our Clients from CEO Cliff Goldstein

Chartwell Law's Response to COVID-19

March 13, 2020
April 10, 2020
Coronavirus and the Impact on Employment

Employers must be proactive in managing the coronavirus pandemic and the associated employment.