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New Jersey Becomes First State To Require Panic Devices In Hotels

New Jersey recently enacted legislation that requires hotels with at least 100 guest rooms to provide panic devices to certain employees. The purpose of the Panic Device Law is to protect hotel employees, often required to clean and cater to rooms on their own, from sexual assault, sexual harassment, and other unsafe working conditions. It ...
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All The World’s A Stage: Legal Factors to Keep in Mind Before Signing a Location Agreement

When location scouts for movies, TV shows or other special events come to check out a hotel, hotel owners or managers have reason to be excited and cautious.  The property may receive a location fee for the filming, and the buzz, visibility and social media bounce that come with location filming can be hard to ...
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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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Hospitality Cyber Threats Are Alive & Well – Lessons From Recent Incidents

The data incident involving the Starwood guest database was one of the most significant data security incidents in recent years. Publicly announced on November 30, 2018, the details revealed in the days and weeks following the announcement contain some striking reminders and new lessons for the hospitality industry. Here are some of the key facts ...
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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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Liquor Licensing For Hotel & Restaurant Acquisitions

You are the General Counsel or the outside counsel to a hotel or restaurant brand. Your client informs you that the company intends to purchase multiple units of additional properties in several different states. Your head spins, full of questions. Will it be an asset sale or stock purchase? Will we retain the employees? Will ...
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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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Knowing Water Freezes Does NOT Mean Defendant Should Foresee that Water Will Freeze at a Certain Location

Businesses can control many factors on their property, but they cannot control the weather or alter the laws of physics. Water freezes at 32°F. Ice is slippery. Everybody knows the basic facts of the physical properties of water and ice. Among attorneys, there’s another equally well-known fact: Whenever a plaintiff slips and falls on ice—whether ...
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