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Proposed Federal Guidelines Mandate Weekly COVID-19 Testing at Nursing Homes

Nursing homes in some areas would be required to test staff and visitors for COVID-19 on a weekly basis under planned rules from the Trump administration. The testing requirement, announced July 22 as part of a set of initiatives aimed at further protecting nursing home residents from coronavirus, would apply to all nursing homes in…

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…

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…

Senior Living Facilities Face Major Risks and Challenges

Close quarters, widespread shortages of protective gear and extremely vulnerable populations have led to high rates of COVID-19 infection at senior living facilities. Long-term care facility leaders face an uphill battle to keep residents safe, comply with new regulations and contend with potential or actual court battles related to COVID-19. “Senior living facility leaders and…

3 Keys to Combat Hackers in Cybercrime Surge

Cyberattacks have spiked dramatically since the COVID-19 crisis began, leading to what some are calling a “cybercrime pandemic” as hackers capitalize on vulnerabilities inherent in a newly remote workforce. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is receiving between 3,000 to 4,000 new internet crime complaints each day, compared to an average 1,000 daily before the…

3 Tips for Business Leaders: Mitigating Fallout from COVID-19

The family of a Walmart employee who recently lost his life to COVID-19 is suing the retailer, alleging the company did not respond appropriately when workers at the Chicago area store where the victim was employed exhibited coronavirus symptoms. The suit further alleges management failed to provide associates with personal protective equipment like gloves, and…

Malpractice Concerns Amplified for Providers on Coronavirus Front Lines

A shortage of acute care doctors and nurses to care for patients suffering from COVID-19 has forced many medical professionals to assume new roles and responsibilities. They are working long hours treating an unprecedented volume of gravely ill patients, often in unfamiliar settings and with insufficient personal protective gear. Many are forced to make life-and-death…

Coronavirus Crisis Highlights Cybersecurity Hazards of Remote Work, Telemedicine

The novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) pandemic has forced the emergence of a new digital workspace to keep businesses functioning during the crisis. With more than 75 percent of Americans and many Canadians engaging in some form of social distancing, many companies now have almost every employee working from home, adding a new level of digital…

Taking on New Risks: Businesses Evolve to Face Challenges Posed By COVID-19

Businesses in the United States and Canada have had to adapt to an unprecedented set of uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances in recent weeks. According to a recent Goldman Sachs survey of U.S. small business owners, 96 percent say that they have already been impacted by coronavirus, or COVID-19. “Many companies are experiencing changes in…

Architectural Firm Pays School District $1.7 Million for Damage

Last month, KDA Architecture agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the Yakima School District in Washington over water and mold damage. The alleged design flaws were related to a nearly 750-foot blue wall, constructed of stainless-steel shingles and porcelain tiles that cut through the center of the high school campus….