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More Bars, Restaurants Can Now Deliver Alcohol, Shifting Liability Risks

A bill that would allow home delivery of alcoholic beverages in Georgia is moving forward after it won approval in the Georgia House of Representatives on June 25. House Bill 879, headed to Governor Brian Kemp for consideration within 45 days, would permit stores and some restaurants to provide home delivery of beer, wine and…

Reopened Businesses Contend with Mask Mandates, Liability Waivers and New Risks

On June 20 an Orange County, Florida Walmart employee was assaulted by a customer who refused to wear a mask despite a county-wide executive order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. It is one of many disputes that have erupted in recent weeks over mask mandates from various state and local governments as well…

Lawsuits Allege Accounting Firm Breach Exposed 170,000 Patients’ Data

Two patients are pursuing class-action status for their lawsuits against a Colonie, New York health care company and its accounting firm over a 2019 data breach that reportedly exposed the sensitive information of 170,000 patients. The lawsuits allege BST & Co. CPAs, the accounting firm for Community Care Physicians, experienced a ransomware attack in December…

From Pools to ‘Pandemic Puppies,’ Backyard Family Fun Brings Risk

Sales of pools, trampolines and other backyard recreational items have surged in recent weeks as families try to salvage a summer marred by camp closures, community pool shutdowns, travel restrictions and continued anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Vendors in the U.S. and Canada have sold out of above-ground pools while pool shop owners continue to…

Vandalism, Storms, and Lawsuits Plague Beleaguered Businesses

Businesses around the world are experiencing the effects of the largest economic downturn since the 1940s. Some economists show the U.S. as having exited or nearly recovered from the recession that began in February, and Canada is showing signs of recovering from its deepest recession on record. Nevertheless, businesses continue to face numerous risks while…

Hospitality Sector Adapts to New Risks, Restrictions as Casinos, Hotels Reopen

Caesars Palace, MGM Resorts and several other Las Vegas hotel-casinos are slated to resume operations starting June 4, according to the Nevada governor’s May 26 press release. Though Las Vegas casinos must implement requirements such as mandatory temperature checks for guests and are subject to various restrictions, reopening is a significant milestone in the embattled…

Heavy Rain, Dam Failures Unleash ‘500-Year Flood’ in Mid-Michigan

Approximately 10,000 Michigan residents were forced to evacuate their homes on May 19 after catastrophic dam failures sent flood waters rushing through Midland and Saginaw counties, destroying homes, decimating roads and bridges, and leaving one small village in near ruin. Heavy rainfall in the area caused water levels in the Tittabawassee River to surge, leading…

Expansion of Workers’ Compensation Benefits for COVID-19 Sparks Concerns

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s May 6 executive order expanded Workers’ Compensation benefits to employees who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of performing a labor or service at work. Critics of Newsom’s order, including concerned business owners and the California Chamber of Commerce, argue that it could drive up costs for businesses already struggling…

Surge in Thefts at Businesses Shuttered by COVID-19

Commercial properties left vacant during coronavirus-related shutdowns have increasingly become the target of burglaries, adding another challenge for businesses already facing mounting hardship. Even as overall crime rates have plummeted globally, New York City saw a 169 percent spike in commercial burglaries in April and Vancouver reported a 147 percent increase in commercial break-ins between…

Ask the Expert Q&A: Cannabis Industry’s Growth Shapes Risk Considerations

The cannabis industry continues to experience growth in the U.S. and Canada. Medical and recreational marijuana sales are expected to reach nearly $30 billion in the U.S. by 2023, and sales have surged even during the COVID-19 crisis. The market’s rapidly changing landscape presents unique risk management considerations for those involved in the cultivation, production,…