Clinical Trials and COVID-19: Challenges and Guidance

As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, pharmaceutical, biologic, and medical device companies conducting or planning to conduct clinical trials may be faced with challenges related to quarantines, travel limitations, site closures or access restrictions, infection transmission concerns of site research personnel and study subjects. These companies want to ensure that the trial participant’s safety and the […]

Workplace Preparedness: General OSHA Questions & Responses

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team   Q: What response does OSHA require by an employer if an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19? A: In California, Cal/OSHA requires employers to implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), which requires employers to evaluate and control hazards in the workplace. Fed/OSHA uses the General Duty […]

Workers’ Compensation: Best Practice Responses During COVID-19 Pandemic

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees for occupational injuries, illnesses and diseases that arise out of and in the course of employment, Arising Out of Employment / Course of Employment (AOE/COE). Example of an occupational disease: Ship worker develops lung disease from exposure to asbestos may be occupational […]

Work from Home Starter Guide: Adjusting Ergonomically, Safely, and Successfully

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team Many employers, whose business operations allow, have implemented interim work from home guidelines. This decision is driven based on the health of their employees, school closures, local shelter in place orders, and government mandated quarantine restrictions. The following are suggestions to consider when implementing a temporary work from […]

Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Employees

By: The Occupational Health and Safety Team For many, COVID-19 brings about feelings of anxiety and fear, coupled with difficulty focusing on work due to constantly evolving information and uncertainty around the impact of a global pandemic on our personal and professional lives. Whether your employees are currently working remote, performing essential business functions, or […]

Occupational Medical Health Clinics – Preparedness Matters

By: ABD Occupational Health & Safety Team The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and all medical facilities, including occupational medical clinics, sing the same tune when it comes to their top priority – the health and wellbeing of their patients, customers, and healthcare staff. For the most part, occupational medical clinics have […]

Delaware Supreme Court Decision May Improve D&O Market

On March 18, 2020, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of Salzberg v. Sciabacucchi (a copy of the decision can be found here). The unanimous decision ruled that federal forum provisions (provisions in Delaware corporations’ charters requiring actions arising under the federal Securities Act of 1933 to be filed in […]

Reflecting on Women Who Lead in Life Sciences

Last week, my colleague Dana George and I had the opportunity to attend San Francisco Business Times’ Women Who Lead in Life Sciences event. The event featured a panel of women in top roles at life science companies, who spoke about their personal stories and the most current challenges facing women in the life science […]

State of the Market: Reflecting on 2019 and Looking Ahead in 2020

The insurance market typically fluctuates between a hard and soft market over time. Currently, we’re seeing signs that the market is hardening across all commercial lines of business, with the exception of workers’ compensation, which means insurance rates are generally increasing while capacity is decreasing. The ABD Property & Casualty team is committed to keeping […]