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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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What Is Hospitality Law? An Explanation with Stephen Barth

Stephen Barth, founder of HospitalityLawyer.com®, provides an in-depth explanation of what hospitality law consists of, including what specific industries fall under the hospitality umbrella as well as what general and niche laws impact those in the hospitality communities. Individuals both new and old to hospitality will find the explanation useful, especially students who may be ...
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How The Pandemic Re-Shaped Force Majeure

When COVID-19 began its swift spread in the winter of 2019 and on a more global scale in the early spring of 2020, it did not take long for the term “force majeure” to dominate discussions, especially within the hospitality industry.  Who could have predicted its extensive global economic impact?  Think about the massive shutdowns, ...
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Global Guardian’s Worldwide Threat Assessment | March 2021

Once a year, Global Guardian publishes an overview of recent global security developments. It is no shock that this year has been markedly different than years past. For over a year, the news cycle has been dominated by COVID-19, overshadowing many important events and trends that will shape the future safety and security concerns of ...
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Is the Fast Pace of Your Service Causing Hidden Wage & Hour Issues to Lurk?

Minimum WageFederal Minimum WageThe federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) at a rate of $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Many states also have minimum wage laws that provide greater protections for employees and employers are required to comply with both standards. Proposed Changes to Minimum WagePresident ...
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5 Steps to De-escalating Mask Refusal

With some states reopening and lifting mask mandates, the burden is falling on hotels, restaurants, and other businesses to enforce mask requirements. By now, there have been a number of well-documented incidents wherein customers and guests react in a belligerent, hostile, or even violent manner after being asked to comply with mask rules. The following ...
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