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Wearables and Wellness: Considerations for Connected Employers

Wearables and Wellness: Considerations for Connected Employers

Wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness trackers have become increasingly popular as the technology matures and the devices become more affordable. Many forward-thinking employers, with an eye towards controlling health costs, have implemented or are considering implementing wellness programs that use wearable devices to track employee fitness and ... Read More »

Landowners Have the Right to Appeal an Approved Jurisdictional Determination Under the Clean Water Act

Landowners Have the Right to Appeal an Approved Jurisdictional Determination Under the Clean Water Act

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., 136 S. Ct. 1807 (2016). The U.S. Supreme Court held an “Approved Jurisdictional Determination” (“AJD”) is a “final agency action” because it is a definitive statement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) as to its jurisdiction over a property, and ... Read More »

What Does Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legalization Mean for the Commercial Insurance Marketplace?

What Does Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legalization Mean for the Commercial Insurance Marketplace?

In connection with this month’s elections nationwide, ballots in nine states included initiatives to legalize the use of medical or recreational marijuana. All but one of the ballot measures passed. With the relaxation of drug laws nationwide and dispensaries popping up rapidly, commercial property insurers have available to them amazing ... Read More »

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Since its enactment six years ago, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) has faced numerous challenges from Republicans attempting to repeal the law. Though previous efforts, through both legislation and litigation, have been unsuccessful, the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress likely portends at least ... Read More »

A Clean Energy Conundrum

A Clean Energy Conundrum

A recent New York Times article (“Windmill and Solar Panels, or Nuclear Reactors”, NY Times, 11/14/16) highlights what could be an interesting dilemma for both developing and industrialized nations seeking to de-carbonize in tandem with the Paris Accord. The article describes the tension between the development of concentrated solar power ... Read More »

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