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April 2, 2019

WSHB Partner Alicia Kennon will be moderating a panel entitled "He's Not My Guy: The Joint-Employer Doctrine" at DRI's Construction Law Conference on April 12, 2019 at 2 p.m. On the panel will be Jeffrey Koonankeil of CapSpecialty and Jennifer Stancil of Beazley Group. Included among the topics to be discussed are the latest developments in the joint-employer doctrine and the impact the doctrine's current version has on construction operations. The industry has been primarily concerned with avoiding or managing defect based litigation but now developers and contractors have new risk in the EPL space including wage/hour based claims, discrimination claims, harassment, and whistleblower based suits. In addition to highlighting the risks, Alicia and her co-panelists will offer attendees some practical tools for mitigating those risks for their clients and companies....

March 26, 2019

WSHB Partner Michelle Arbitrio and Lara Taibi from York will lead an interactive CLM webinar entitled “Miscellaneous Professional Liability: Insuring the New and Unknown” on Thursday, March 28 at 12 p.m. EST. This presentation will provide the claims and litigation perspectives on strategies for effectively and efficiently handling the diverse array of professional liability claims that fall within the “miscellaneous” professional liability bucket. It will include a discussion regarding coverage and underwriting issues, policy application questions and policy language. The presentation will also include a discussion of strategies for handling miscellaneous claims that are effective when applied to all different types of professions....

March 22, 2019

Employees in salaried positions earning under $35,308.00 annually will become newly-eligible for overtime pay if a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor is enacted. Employers with salaried positions under that amount should begin preparing to perform an audit of exemption classifications to ensure ongoing compliance in the event this rule is enacted. ...

March 11, 2019

It has been called a "hot button" or "stress trigger" for businesses, the source of sleepless nights for human resource departments. Insurers on the risk for employment related issues are seeing a rise of certain issues in terms of frequency and severity for this genre of claim. Smart risk management strategies and practice pointers for those charged with management of this genre of claim is top of mind for those on the front lines. These issues and more will be the subject of a highly anticipated panel exploring the issues trending in employment liability litigation which is taking place during the CLM Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida March 13-15. In an aptly named panel presentation, WSHB partner Alicia Kennon will be sharing sage practice pointers and strategies for managing these issues during the "What's Trending in EPL" taking center stage on March 14, 2019, at 2 p.m. Joining Alicia is a distinguished panel of industry experts which enjoy critical acclaim in the area of employment, Alona Croteau from CapSpecialty, Angela Lee from Beazley, and Mary Anne Medina from Specialty Group....

March 1, 2019

National law firm Wood, Smith Henning & Berman LLP (WSHB) announced the opening of its North Carolina office, bringing the total number of offices nationwide to 24. Leading this office is prominent trial attorney William Silverman. Mr. Silverman enjoys a well deserved reputation for consistent results throughout the Carolinas in complex commercial litigation. His practice areas include construction and corporate disputes, insurance coverage, first and third party insurance bad faith litigation, environmental, and catastrophic injury matters. He is an "AV Preeminent" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been listed in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite in the Young Guns and Construction categories. Mr. Silverman comes to the Firm from a seven year tenure at Wall Templeton, where he served as a Shareholder. ...

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