Lodging

If The Shoe Fits: How Footwear Policy May Lead To Wage And Hour Violations

Hotel and restaurant employers commonly require employees to wear uniforms, some as simple as a shirt with company logo, others requiring a more complete look: jacket or blouse and pants or skirt, or dress. Some employers, however, fail to consider the consequences of imposing the cost of the uniform on an employee. Under the federal ...
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Legal Issues in the Hospitality Sector

The Hospitality Sector has many unique legal issues, and the number of crimes involving Hospitality Laws continues to rise. There were 2656 hotel crimes committed in New York in 2017 alone. Hotels and bars restaurants are the two most common sites of hospitality crimes. Legal issues in the hospitality sector most often involve the theft ...
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5 Reasons Good Employees Leave Hotels

Productive, trustworthy employees are getting hard to find and harder to keep. Hotels invest significant amounts of money and time to recruit, hire and train employees, often using recent developments in advertising (social media), technology (online applications), and psychology (personality and behavioral assessments). So why is it that hotels—after hiring and training—still manage people like ...
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EEOC Lawsuit Push Takes Aim At Hospitality Employers

In the first half of August 2018 alone, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed 16 lawsuits against employers—and hospitality employers should be especially wary about this surge of litigation, as several claims took direct aim at businesses in the industry. Harassment Claims Continue To Capture Spotlight In light of the sexual abuse allegations ...
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The Unique Challenges of Data Security in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry has been in the news frequently over the past year as a result of multiple and significant data security incidents. Nationally recognized hotel and resort brands continue to suffer by cyber-attacks, including theft of payment card data from their retail and food/beverage outlets, and at times theft of guest data from reservations ...
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Do You Need Event Security and How to Handle It

Preparing Hospitality Event Security Meetings and events are crucial to the growth of the US economy contributing $446 billion to GDP in 2016. Business services and the insurance company contributed the most to this figure followed by food & beverage, hotel & lodging and travel & tourism. Preparing for a hospitality event not only involves ...
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When The Government Wants Your Property: Eminent Domain – How It Works & How To Be Prepared

Eminent domain is the power of the government, or a private actor granted that power by the government, to acquire property for public use. We generally view this a necessary nuisance for a functioning society as the power is essential for the efficient development of necessary infrastructure. Eminent domain is commonly used to acquire the ...
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The Not-So-Happy Hour: Preparing for Investigations & Subpoenas in Light of #metoo & More

Since the last Presidential election campaign began approximately two years ago, there has been a significant public focus on sexual harassment, income inequality, crimes against women, public corruption, and the income gap. Sexual harassment claims have skyrocketed in the wake of the #metoo movement, with some states reporting as much as 400% increases in claim ...
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Not All Fun & Games: Sweepstakes and Contests in the Hospitality Industry

A promotion is a marketing strategy devised to publicize or advertise a product, organization, or event. Hotels market their venues and services in a variety of ways, often employing creative strategies to help draw traffic to their establishment. When a hotel decides to use a sweepstakes or contest as a way of promoting itself, there ...
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Navigating Insurance Coverage in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

Flood waters eventually recede; fires are extinguished; and earthquake-damaged buildings are shored. It is only then that the financial toll of a natural disaster can begin to be tallied.Natural disasters are expensive. The 2017 California wildfires are estimated to resulted in $180 billion in damages. Hurricanes Harvey and Maria are estimated to have caused $200 ...
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