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How Employers Can Respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
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February 13, 2020 via ConvergeBlog
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus ("2019-nCoV" or "coronavirus") is a respiratory illness that, with its spread to the United States, is raising important issues for employers. This guide explains the outbreak, the legal implications of it, and how employers should be responding now to employees who might have the virus, are caring for affected family members, or are otherwise concerned about their health in the workplace.

The Coronavirus Outbreak
First detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, 2019-nCoV is a respiratory virus reportedly linked to a large outdoor seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it is unclear how easily the virus is spreading between people. Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, runny nose, headache, sore throat, and the general feeling of being unwell. The incubation period is approximately 14 days, during which time an individual may see no symptoms but may still be contagious. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") reports that an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak is underway, that the situation is rapidly evolving, and that more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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February 4, 2020 via Lodging Magazine

The year 2019 clocked in as the second-hottest on record, as climate change continues to intensify heat waves, hurricanes, and wildfires. If current events have taught us anything, it’s not a question of if the next big storm is coming. At this point, it’s just a matter of when it lands.
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Power Shift Pushes Management Contract Change
January 24, 2020 via Hotel Management

The shifting trends in hotel ownership have seen a rise in management contracts in recent years, as investors have looked to take a share in trading profits and the global hotel operators have pulled back from ownership.

As the hotel sector becomes a more mainstream investment, so knowledge is growing on the side of the owners, aided by the growth of the third-party management companies, all of which is driving change in contracts.
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