Workers’ compensation provides the exclusive remedy for injuries and illness that employees suffer arising out of and within the course of their employment.  In the early stages of this pandemic, work-related travel to high impact countries or work-related exposure in a case that was being tracked by public health authorities provided support for work-related exposure.  In health care settings, work-related exposure will likely be established when exposure to infected patients occurs.  But in other settings and as the diseases spreads in the United States, the analysis about whether an illness is covered by workers’ compensation will be more difficult.
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Congratulations to Los Angeles Labor & Employment partner Roland Juarez, who has been named one of Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top Minority Attorneys.  According to the LABJ, the recognition is awarded to attorneys who are “…particularly impactful and…maintain the highest professional and ethical standards.” Roland previously was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Top Litigator & Trial Lawyer in 2019.
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A Texas judge has ruled that Hunton Andrews Kurth is entitled to coverage from Great Northern Insurance Co., a unit of Chubb, Ltd. (“Chubb”), for losses its predecessor firm suffered when Hurricane Harvey closed its Houston office and disrupted business in 2017. The decision illustrates that law firms, like businesses in virtually every other economic sector, including the labor and employment industries, are susceptible to widespread damage caused by storms and other natural disasters.  The decision also stands as a reminder that businesses must be ready to enforce their right to receive the benefit of their insurance when a covered loss occurs.
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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP was recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 2019 Labor and Employment guide, which seeks to find law firms and partners who stand out in their labor and employment practices throughout the US. The Firm’s Labor & Employment Team was recognized by Benchmark Litigation in 5 locations, and 13 partners from the practice were also recognized as “Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Stars.”
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Our California labor and employment team has been nominated by Benchmark Litigation as a California – Labor & Employment Litigation Firm of the Year, and Partner Roland Juarez  has been nominated as a California – Labor & Employment Litigation Attorney of the Year.
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