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Steps Employers Can Take to Prevent and Respond to Claims of Sexual Harassment

High-profile instances of inappropriate sexual behavior and sexual harassment in the workplace continue to grab headlines. While media coverage has focused on cases from the media, entertainment and political arenas, every employer should have heightened awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace at this time, regardless of industry. Of course, the media coverage of the ...
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Liability for What Goes on behind Closed Doors: Sex Trafficking and the Hospitality Industry’s Privacy Tightrope

By Abraham J. Rein, Charles W. Spitz, Marc H. Perry  Earlier this month, the Philadelphia hotel Roosevelt Inn, its corporate parents, its New York management company, and an individual owner/manager of the hotel, were sued for allegedly allowing trafficking of sex involving a minor to take place on the hotel’s premises. The case – the first ...
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Employment Taxes: A Look at Changing Enforcement Patterns

Roughly seventy percent of the federal government’s revenues come from employment taxes, including FICA and income taxes withheld from employees’ wages. Consequently, threats to that source are taken quite seriously. All employers need to be aware of the significant changes in employment tax enforcement that have increased the risks faced by the non-compliant. Traditional Employment ...
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FCC Keeps Blocking Hospitality Wi-Fi Blocking

Late last year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission took another enforcement step in its aggressive, ongoing campaign against Wi-Fi blocking — the practice of blocking unauthorized Wi-Fi hotspots that let consumers share mobile data access with other devices, like laptops and tablets — in hotels and convention spaces. It released a Notice of Apparent Liability ...
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DOJ’s New Appetite for Prosecuting Food Companies and Their Executives

By: Barbara Rowland and Yune T. Do With the recent disclosure by Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (“Chipotle”) that it received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California relating to a norovirus outbreak among customers and employees at a Los Angeles-area restaurant, the federal government is reiterating its ...
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FCC TAKES ON HOSPITALITY WI-FI MANAGEMENT AGAIN: MORE SANCTIONS, UNRESOLVED CONCERNS

co-authored by Abraham J. Rein & Charles W. Spitz 374 95 On Monday, November 2nd, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took more enforcement steps in its campaign against Wi-Fi blocking – the practice of blocking unauthorized Wi-Fi hotspots that let consumers share mobile data access with other devices, like laptops and tablets – in hotels ...
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Best Practices for Mobile Device Data Security

In 2014, it became official: There now are more active mobile devices in the world than people, according to data compiled by GSMA Intelligence and the U.S. Census Bureau. The rise in mobile devices is not confined to personal use; mobile devices increasingly play an integral role in many business operations. We rely on mobile ...
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Recent Development in FTC vs. Wyndham Underscore Importance of Cybersecurity Vigilance in the Hospitality Industry

On Friday, March 27, the parties in FTC vs. Wyndham – a key data security case with the potential to deeply impact the hospitality industry’s cyber-security practices – filed special supplemental briefs that the Third Circuit Court of Appeals requested during oral arguments earlier in the month. A key question at issue in the case: is the industry ...
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Hospitality Industry Remains in the Cross Hairs of Department of Labor Following Wage Violation Study

A December 2014 study of the effects of minimum wage violations commissioned by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) found associated violations to be “concentrated in the leisure and hospitality industry” and “most prevalent in the service occupations.” The study analyzed the financial and economic impact of minimum wage violations in California and New York on such areas ...
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NLRB’s McDonald’s Joint Employer Decision Sends Shock Waves Through Franchise Community

On August 5, 2014 the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) Office of General Counsel announced that it was authorizing complaints against both McDonald’s store owners and corporate McDonald’s USA LLC, as joint employers, in a series of unfair labor practice proceedings arising out of last autumn’s minimum wage protest actions against the fast food industry. McDonald’s was the ...
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