Transportation Brief: Do Your Company’s Internal Safety Policies Increase Exposure to Negligence Claims?
June 2, 2021
A work atmosphere focused on safety can help reduce exposure from claims and litigation costs. But, can your company’s internal safety policies increase exposure by raising the standard of care? The answer should be a straightforward “no,” namely, internal policies, standing alone, are not enough to definitively establish the standard of care. Most jurisdictions follow some form of this rule. However, after a plaintiff demonstrates a standard of care, certain courts may admit internal policies, and compliance therewith, as relevant to the question of negligence. As such, your company’s internal policies can pose a potential risk before a jury. One way to combat this risk is by anticipating the plaintiff’s argument early in litigation and adopting an aggressive defense strategy that minimizes the potential exposure, or even bars the claim all together.
Transportation Brief: The PRO Act – Dropping Barriers for Unions
by Shannon M. Cohen , A. Jack Finklea , Prasad SharmaIn a sea of legislation threatening business interests, the PRO Act or Act stands out as particularly harsh, making it easier for unions to represent workers. With the recent Amazon vote to reject union representation typifying a longer-term trend among workers, Democrats in Congress seek to re-write the rules according to what many have characterized as a union’s wish list. Learn more about the PRO Act and upcoming democratic control of the NLRB.
Transportation Brief: Export Air Cargo Rules Changing in July
by Tyler P. Biddle , Braden K. Core , Nathaniel G. SaylorOn July 1, 2021, the rules governing cargo offered for international air transportation will undergo a significant change. Read more about distinctions that will be eliminated, the technology involved, and how companies can plan for the upcoming changes.
Transportation Brief: Navigating PPP Loans in A Business Sale
by Kathryne S. Feary-Gardner , W. Todd Metzger , Jay D. Robinson,One potentially thorny issue that frequently arises in the COVID-pandemic era is the treatment of Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans in the context of a transaction involving the purchase or sale of a company. Read more about Small Business Administration guidance on this matter including notices, documentation, and procedures that must be followed in certain circumstances.
Transportation Brief: What Will It Take to Return to The Office?
by Alaina C. Hawley , David D. Robinson
The prospect of a return to in-person work raises a myriad of issues for employers. Read more about considerations including timing, preparations, and how to monitor and keep up with evolving CDC/OSHA guidance.
Transportation Brief: Spotlight on STC’s Leadership Transition
Scopelitis Law Firm subsidiary STC announced a leadership transition plan. Learn more about STC's next phase, including a new team member and more service offerings.
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