On September 9, 2021, President Biden issued his “COVID-19 Action Plan” that orders OSHA to establish a rule to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing for all employers with 100 or more employees. The plan also includes an Executive Order with similar requirements for certain federal contractors. While many questions remain regarding what the final
Bill Hines, managing partner of Jones Walker, was interviewed in the ABA Journal article, “This law firm says it’s mobilizing to help clients in the wake of Hurricane Ida.” Bill spoke to the ABA Journal about the firm’s experience in managing to serve clients through disasters including Hurricane Katrina.
As Tropical Storm Marco heads toward the coast of Louisiana, reports indicate Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen to a hurricane before it makes landfall on the Gulf Coast late Wednesday or early Thursday.
The very rare event of back-to-back storms is forcing evacuations, and may cause widespread damage, business interruption, and travel stoppage for a large part of the gulf coast region for days and weeks to come.Continue Reading Jones Walker Disaster Prep & Recovery Team Readies for Gulf Coast Storms
As we slowly begin the long process of returning to our offices, it will be very important to have a clearly defined and organized approach to identify upcoming deadlines and document important changes to our core businesses. Please join the Jones Walker SALT team as we discuss these practical issues, including specific steps to take,…
The US Tax Court cancels all May trials. The eAccess and eFiling systems remain operational and the Court will continue to process items received electronically, serve orders and opinions, enter and serve decisions, work with litigants, and receive telephone calls.
Please continue to monitor the Court’s website for updates and information. If you have…
Jones Walker is reactivating the Disaster Prep and Recovery Blog in advance of Hurricane Dorian. We encourage everyone to prepare and make plans for sheltering in place or evacuating if need be. Above all, please be safe.
Jones Walker is reactivating the Disaster Prep and Recovery Blog in advance of Hurricane Barry. We encourage everyone to prepare and make plans for sheltering in place or evacuating if need be. Above all, please be safe.
With hurricane season upon us, employers are justifiably concerned about the potential impact of a natural disaster on their business. A hurricane, natural disaster, or any other crisis in the workplace can bring a business to a screeching halt and devastate the lives of a business’s most valuable asset, its employees.
To minimize the impact of a natural disaster, employers should have plans in place before disaster strikes, including, for example, a crisis management plan, a communication plan, and a disaster response and recovery plan. These plans must take into account the effect a catastrophe may have on workers and include ways to help impacted employees return to work as soon as practical to ensure continued productivity at the workplace following a natural disaster. Any enacted plan should consider the application of relevant federal and state laws to ensure compliance and avoid any employment-related lawsuits or any agency enforcement action following a natural disaster.
Continue Reading Planning for a Catastrophe
On September 28, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it approved a 10-day waiver of the Jones Act with respect to the movement of merchandise between points in the United States and Puerto Rico. The waiver will be in effect for 10 days, commencing immediately, and will apply to all products being…