Yearly Archives: 2019

Reptile Theory: Using the Primitive Brain to Increase Plaintiff’s Verdicts

Jane Doe was the victim of a sexual assault while a guest at Marrilton Garden Inn & Courtyard Suites. She has filed a multi-million-dollar suit against Heavenly Hospitality Management, LLC d/b/a Marrilton Garden Inn & Courtyard Suites, Marrilton, Inc., (several subsidiaries of Marrilton, Inc.) and Gwen Causey (hotel manager). Scenario: Jane Doe, a guest, checks ...
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Company Hotline & Incident Management Benchmarking: How Does Your Program Compare?

Encouragement of internal misconduct reporting is on the rise for public and private businesses and organizations of all sizes, and whistleblower protection laws across the globe are being strengthened. See how employees are voicing their concerns today and what companies are doing to address them. Reporting Channels According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ...
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What Employee Accommodations are Required Under the ADA?

I. What are Your Responsibilities as an Employer?The federal American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and many similar state laws require employers to “reasonably” accommodate an otherwise qualified disabled applicant or employee to perform the essential job functions of the position or enjoy equal benefits of employment as similarly situated employees. Similarly, other federal and state ...
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How Business Travelers Can Guard Against Polluted Air

Traveling for business means exposure to potential risks such as political unrest, terrorist attacks, medical crises—and air pollution. As outlined in BCD Travel’s Inform report, Air Quality and Business Travel, only half of the 100 most visited cities worldwide have clean air. Below are tips and tricks business travelers can use to guard against the harmful effects of air pollution. ...
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8 Airport Safety Tips

The easiest time for pickpockets, robbers, or a loss of personal belongings is when you are in motion. On the bookends of your trip, you should be hyper-aware of your surroundings. When you’re moving through the airport, there are all sorts of events: check-in, bag check, security checkpoint, convenience stop, walk to the terminal, and ...
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State & Federal Alcohol Compliance Update: TTB Enforcement and Related Matters

The U.S. Department of the Treasury, Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is the federal agency with oversight of alcohol beverage sales, marketing, and distribution. Every U.S. state has a companion state-level agency to TTB. In recent months, TTB has, thanks to a generous allocation in the federal budget, embarked on a rigorous trade practice investigation ...
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Top Canadian Legal Issues for Brands & Hospitality Companies (Legal Issues You Might Not Know About Canada)

FRANCHISE LAW Similarly to the United States, Canada has pre-sale franchise disclosure laws in six of the 10 provinces in the country, each of which require that a “franchise disclosure document” or “FDD” be provided to a prospective franchisee at least 14 days before a franchise agreement is signed or any consideration is paid in ...
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California Employers Are Not Required To Reimburse Restaurant Workers For The Cost Of Slip-Resistant Shoes Under Labor Code Section 2802

A recent California Court of Appeal decision, Townley v. BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., has further defined the scope of reimbursable business expenses under California Labor Code section 2802, this time in the context of slip-resistant shoes for restaurant workers. A former server filed an action under the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA), ...
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New Jersey Becomes First State To Require Panic Devices In Hotels

New Jersey recently enacted legislation that requires hotels with at least 100 guest rooms to provide panic devices to certain employees. The purpose of the Panic Device Law is to protect hotel employees, often required to clean and cater to rooms on their own, from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other unsafe working conditions. It ...
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