Lodging

What is the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry? (Why does It Matter?)

The Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI) was first published by a committee of the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) in 1926. The committee was chaired by E. M. Statler the founder of Statler Hotels. Among the other eight Proprietary Committee members were the then owners of The Waldorf Astoria, ...
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Use of Surcharges and Best Tips to Avoid False Advertising and Other Consumer Claims

Due to a myriad of legislative and court decisions, some restaurants particularly in California have elected to add a surcharge to their receipts to defray increased costs incurred over the last several years.  The increased costs of operating a restaurant can be attributed to minimum wage increases, healthcare, paid sick leave, restrictive scheduling, cost of food and ...
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Hospitality M&A – Lodging Industry Consolidation Trends

2018 was yet another banner year for lodging M&A. Numerous high-profile transactions were recorded such as the recent acquisition of Belmond by VMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for $3.2 billion, Hyatt’s acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality, Jin Jiang’s purchase of Radisson Holdings (including Radisson Hotel Group), Wyndham’s acquisition of La Quinta and Accor’s buying spree ...
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Avoiding a Foodborne Fiasco

Introduction The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million people or 1 in 6 Americans experience a foodborne illness every year as a result of consuming contaminated food or drink and roughly 128,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to foodborne illness. There are many different pathogens or disease causing microbes ...
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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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