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How Employers Can Respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (“2019-nCoV” or “coronavirus”) is a respiratory illness that, with its spread to the United States, is raising important issues for employers. This guide explains the outbreak, the legal implications of it, and how employers should be responding now to employees who might have the virus, are caring for affected family members, ...
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Predictive Scheduling Marches Onward

Perhaps no industry in history has been targeted for its basic employment requirements like the retail industry has been targeted over scheduling practices. The philosophy behind the rise of these ordinances is that having a predictable schedule is critical to employees. In the decision of Ward v. Tilly’s, in fact, the California Court of Appeal ...
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Franchisees, Subsidiaries, and Affiliates Beware: California’s New Privacy Law May Apply To You, Too

Many small or solo franchisees, subsidiaries, and affiliates of larger businesses may think the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), does not apply to you because you don’t meet one of the three threshold criteria. Your annual revenue is under $25 million, you do not annually collect the personal information of 50,000 or more California residents, households or ...
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Court Stresses the Need for a Business to Provide an Accessibility Statement on its Website

In 2018 and 2019, there were approximately 5,000 federal lawsuits filed against hotels, restaurants, stores, and other places of public accommodation alleging that their websites violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In all likelihood this number of lawsuits will increase in 2020 now that the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to ...
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Recent Trends in Hotel Violence, Insurance, and Legal Liabilities

“A hotel has a duty to adopt reasonable security measures to protect guests from foreseeable harm. Foreseeability can be established from past circumstances that are likely to be repeated.” Judge Karen Morris, “Hotel security requires vigilant attention,” Hotel Management, 19 August 2019. In this brief, Jeff M. Moore, PhD, will discuss recent trends in hotel ...
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Veterans Turned Away Because Of Service Animals: Lessons You Can Learn

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced settlements with two hotel properties to resolve complaints under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) involving service animals. In both cases, the individuals involved were veterans with PTSD and both properties refused to honor their reservations because the veterans were accompanied by service ...
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Understanding and Complying with Transgender/Gender Identity Issues for the Hospitality Workplace

In a highly publicized dispute, the Supreme Court will [have heard] arguments this fall from advocates and opponents to ultimately determine whether federal law, in particular Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, protects transgender employees from discrimination based on their gender identity.1 Along with two other cases concerning the LGBTQ community, the Supreme Court ...
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Co-Working Spaces: Mitigating Litigation Risks While Encouraging Innovation

Co-working spaces are quickly becoming the Uber equivalent to office space rentals for remote-work professionals. On Monday morning, log onto an app and reserve a cubicle space down the street at a price much cheaper than a short-term office lease. On Tuesday, welcome a new client into a reserved conference room at a different co-working ...
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