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Androvett NewsWire: August 9, 2012: Football Safety | Freeh Lessons | Outsourcing Blackout
 
August 9, 2012 10:17 am

Football Season Brings Fresh Focus on Safety
As high school and college football workouts get under way this week, the safety of student athletes is again in the spotlight. Heat-related issues during summer drills, and the threat of concussions once full-contact practice starts, are among the top concerns for coaches and officials, says Houston attorney Gene Egdorf of The Lanier Law Firm. "First and foremost, coaches, trainers and school officials need to look out for the safety of their student athletes," says Egdorf, who has successfully represented injured student athletes and their families, and negotiated a landmark settlement with the NCAA resulting in new health and safety policies for college athletes. Texas UIL instituted new rules this year regarding practice in the heat, and last year the state legislature addressed concussions in football. "Too often, we see too much of an emphasis on winning, with exhausted players told to work harder, and injured players told to 'shake it off.'" For more information, contact Bruce Vincent at 800-559-4534 or bruce@androvett.com.

Life Changes Can Wreck Relationships
News that hockey legend Mike Modano and his singer/actress wife Willa Ford have filed for divorce seemingly highlights the strains major life changes can have on marriage. When one partner retires from a highly successful career and the other remains in their profession, the change in perspectives is often impossible to overcome, says Brad LaMorgese, a partner in the Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing L.L.P. "The toll paid on a marriage when a spouse has a major change in their professional life, can be irreparably compounded when the other is still moving ahead full speed in their chosen field," says LaMorgese. "The initial compromises a high-power couple forges to make their relationship work may not be able to withstand the seismic shift in goals and expectations." For more information, contact Rhonda Reddick at 800-559-4534 or rhonda@androvett.com.

Any Organization Can Learn From Freeh Report
While most companies don't fall to the level of dysfunction recently revealed in the Freeh report on the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, the report does offer many helpful tips that would benefit almost any organization, according to Audrey Mross, an attorney at Dallas-based Munck Wilson Mandala LLP. "Offering protection to whistleblowers who point out wrongdoing, holding leaders accountable for their actions, and having zero tolerance for abuse are touchstones that all organizations should adopt," Mross says. The report concludes with a list of recommendations, starting on page 127, that may give many organizations (not just universities) a "to do" list to tackle. Those interested can find the report posted at www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/REPORT_FINAL_071212.pdf. For more information, contact Dave Moore at 800-559-4534 or dave@androvett.com.

Outsourcing After India's Blackouts
Last week's series of massive power outages in India affected more than 500 million homes and businesses, but seemingly had little operational impact on the nation's well-known network of outsourcing providers. "The major providers all have robust business continuity and disaster recovery plans," says Houston attorney Jeff Andrews of Thompson & Knight. However, he notes, the blackouts point out the need for companies to carefully vet the contingency plans of their outsourcing providers. "It's critical to examine those plans closely, confirm they meet your needs, and craft contracts that specify your business continuity requirements," says Andrews, who focuses his practice on the outsourcing industry. "You also should conduct site visits, both as part of the process leading to contract execution and afterwards, and require periodic testing of the plans and updates to reflect the lessons learned." For more information, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or barry@androvett.com.


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