Legal

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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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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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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Taste, Toast, Zoom: Virtual Tastings, Mixology Classes, and Experiential Events

Virtual Alcohol Tastings and Mixology Classes: Virtual alcohol tastings and mixology classes are not an entirely new concept; however, they have gained popularity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessity due to local and state orders. Virtual tastings and mixology classes come in the form of a recorded or live online guided sampling ...
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The Hazy Science of CBD

As governments and regulatory bodies loosen their rules on hemp-related products, including the legalization of marijuana, the cannabidiol, or CBD, market has grown at remarkably high rates. One projection by BDS analytics and Arcview Market Research puts the overall CBD market at $20 billion by 20241. Combining the CBD market with the legal marijuana market, ...
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