Yearly Archives: 2021

Unmasking the Challenges: 7 Options for Managing a Partially Vaccinated Workforce

Now that most states, the CDC, and OSHA have (or may soon) lift mask mandates for vaccinated workers, what is an employer to do about revealing an employee’s vaccination status? Under any relaxed masking guidance applicable to those who are fully vaccinated, customers, visitors, and co-workers are likely to draw their own conclusions about the vaccination status ...
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Testing for Food Contamination: Looking at the Whole Picture

“…No officer…I got high at my company pitch-in dinner” The case of THC-laced BBQ sauce There are several things that are required to happen to get that steak on your plate. There must be a healthy cow; the cow needs acceptable food and must be processed in a hygienic manner. That steak must be packaged ...
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Ghost Kitchens: Casper or Beetlejuice?

Introduction. Third-party delivery, in just a few short years, changed the face of the food and beverage industry as we’ve known it. Ghost Kitchens are, simply put, cooking facilities producing food and beverages only for delivery or take out. There is no dine in option. Pre-COVID, ghost kitchens were few and far between, created by ...
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Employers May Be Able To Scrap Mask Mandates For Fully Vaccinated Workers: A 7-Step Blueprint to Overcome Risks and Hurdles

The announcement [last month] from the CDC that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any non-healthcare setting was a welcome relief for all Americans and a hopeful sign that we have turned a significant corner with the COVID-19 pandemic. But the announcement included an important caveat – ...
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Active Listening for Lawyers

For our purposes, active listening for lawyers involves more than simply being able to accurately report back what another person in a conversation has said, although it certainly includes that. Active listening also involves communication while still primarily receiving information, through body language, encouragement/demonstrated interest, appropriate questions and other forms of engagement. Active listening offers ...
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Ensuring Suite Dreams: Trademarks & Branding in Canada in the Hospitality Industry

Expanding a hospitality or restaurant chain into Canada is an attractive option for many international businesses. While Canada tends to share many key characteristics in the hospitality industry with the United States (e.g., skilled workforce and consumer demand for hospitality and restaurant businesses), there are certain important differences that require attention. Below is a discussion ...
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Your State No Longer Requires Face Coverings in the Workplace – But Should You Continue To Mandate Them?

As the COVID-19 pandemic (mercifully) starts to retreat, many states have begun rolling back face-covering mandates, which often relieve employers of the obligation to require masks for employees and visitors in the workplace. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends their use in most workplaces, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ...
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Your Employees Are Vaccinated – Now What?

COVID-19 vaccinations passed the 200-million mark in the United States last [month], which means certain workforces might have the majority of employees fully vaccinated. In recent months, we’ve discussed guidance from the EEOC and California’s DFEH regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates, vaccine incentives, tracking employee vaccinations, and even vaccine passports. However, the question remains — what measures can employers take once employees are ...
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Global and Domestic Threat Brief May 2021 – Mitigate Risk & Operate Safely

COVID-19 Update While some countries, such as the U.S., UK, Israel, and the UAE are using mass vaccination campaigns to combat the spread of COVID-19, others in the less developed world remain in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. New, more contagious and vaccine-resistant strains of the coronavirus are likely to blame for the surge ...
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Challenges With Hotel Staffing Contracts

The following video features Stephen Barth, Founder of HospitalityLawyer.com®, and Andria Ryan, Partner of Fisher Phillips, having a discussion on hospitality staffing company contracts. Tune in to the conversation for insights on utilizing staffing agencies, staffing contracts, and the impact they can have on hotels or restaurants.
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