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European Commission Prioritizes Completion of Digital Single Market

by Jones Day on

Since May 2015, the European Commission ("Commission") has identified the completion of the Digital Single Market as one of its top-ten political priorities. The Digital Single Market Strategy ("Strategy") aims at ensuring...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 14th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 14, 2017 is below. Additional details regarding last week’s long-awaited report on online travel by the European Commission are featured in this week’s...more

EEOC Sues SLS Hotel in Miami Beach For Discriminatory Firing Of Black Haitian Kitchen Workers

Terminations Were Based on Race, Color and National Origin, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - The SLS Hotel in Miami Beach's South Beach violated federal law by firing black Haitian dishwashers because of their race,...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - April 7th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Below please find this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 7, 2017. The recently released European Commission’s report on the hotel industry headlines this week’s Update. - European...more

EU Concerns Remain on Hotel Prices and Commission Rates

by Bryan Cave on

We have followed over the last years Europe grappling with the issue of most favoured nation clauses and hotel booking. Our last update regarded a joint monitoring project between the CMA and the European Commission, designed...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 31st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Some interesting stories in this week’s GSB OTA & Travel Distribution Update (for the week ending March 31, 2017): - Restaurant Bookings Today, Hotel Reservations Tomorrow [SOCIAL MEDIA]. This week’s Chefs & Tech...more

Judge dismisses ADA website lawsuit

In September 2016, we published an alert that a group of plaintiff’s ADA lawyers had threatened a number of businesses – including hotels – with litigation claiming their websites failed to comply with “ADA Guidelines.” These...more

Tip Credit Does Not Apply to Delivery Drivers Declares Connecticut Supreme Court

In a decision released on April 4, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that employers cannot take advantage of a “tip credit” for delivery drivers in order to meet the state minimum wage. The case, Amaral Brothers,...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 26th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the week of March 26, 2017 is below: Airbnb cracks down on San Francisco hosts, booting out hundreds - Revitalization Partners, Mar 24, 2017 - Home-sharing company Airbnb says it has evicted...more

Don’t Be Stingy With Tip Credit Notification . . .

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This week, our Charleston office held its Legal Grounds coffee break.  The Legal Grounds event provides an opportunity for managers, owners, and human resources personnel in the food and beverage and hospitality industries to...more

A Full Menu of Potential Legal Issues for Hospitality Owner/Operators

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Legal compliance is a challenging endeavor, especially in the hospitality industry, where owner/operators must focus on meeting their business objectives, staying competitive, and growing in their respective markets. In...more

Don’t Be Stingy With Tip Credit Notification...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This week, our Charleston office held its Legal Grounds coffee break. The Legal Grounds event provides an opportunity for managers, owners, and human resources personnel in the food and beverage and hospitality industries to...more

Tips Cannot Be Used to Satisfy Minimum Wage Requirement for Non-Tipped Work

The hospitality industry continues to battle numerous lawsuits claiming that employers failed to properly compensate employees who earn a portion of their wages through tips. Earlier this month, the Tenth Circuit Court of...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 17th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With my bracket totally blown by Villanova’s loss this afternoon, there is no time like the present to prepare this week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update. This week’s Update features stories for everyone. Discounted...more

New Rules for Tipped Employees in Brazil and How They Affect the Hospitality Industry

by Littler on

On March 13, 2017, Brazil's President Michel Temer signed into law new regulations concerning the payment, distribution, tax withholdings, and reporting of tips, whether voluntarily given by customers or charged by employers...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - February 2017

by Jones Day on

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we discuss two significant developments that are likely to have far-reaching impacts for employers and employees across Australia. First, we discuss the proposed...more

Terrorist Attacks: The importance of adequate security measures at hotels

by Hogan Lovells on

Hotels are targets for terrorists due to the likely presence of foreign tourists and the consequent possibility of impacting multiple nations with one attack. We blogged...more

Web Exclusive: Preparing For Increased OSHA Enforcement In The Hospitality Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

The hospitality industry is both a major employer and economic driver in the United States. Yet, historically, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been less than hospitable to the multi-billion dollar...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 24th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 24, 2017 is below. Several interesting OTA stories this week, including an update on another Seattle-based travel distribution company, Utrip....more

Top 20 Immigration Compliance Tips For Hospitality Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent events have made clear that immigration compliance will be a main focus for the Trump administration. The hospitality industry has always been a target for such investigations and we expect the scrutiny to increase in...more

EU May Reinstate Visas Requirement for U.S. Tourists and Business Visitors

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While the U.S. travel, tourism, and hospitality industries worry about deleterious effects from President Donald Trump’s clampdown on immigration, including the travel ban, the European Union has its own, similar concerns...more

Trump Administration Immigration Actions’ Disproportionate Impact on Certain Industries

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The food, construction, and healthcare sectors are concerned about fallout from the crackdown on immigration called for in Secretary John Kelly’s Implementation Memos, President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and possible new...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s client OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 10, 2017 is below. A few more stories in this week’s update in comparison to the last few weeks of update. Plus, given the increasing importance of...more

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