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OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Jan. 6th, 2017

Our first client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2017 is below. Not a lot to report this week, so we will keep the Update short....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year....more

Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

Practical Considerations for Restroom Accommodations in the Retail and Hospitality Industry

The increased focus on LGBT issues and rights has spawned a number of public debates in the United States. Indeed, in recent months, lawmakers, educators, activists and business owners have entered into a heated public debate...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 22nd, 2016

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the short week ending December 22, 2016 is below. This week’s update is brief one....more

New York Adopts Revised Wage Regulations Effective December 31, 2016

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) recently proposed amended regulations that would significantly alter the salary levels for some executive and administrative exempt employees, as well as alter the permitted tip...more

New York State Has Adopted Amendments to Existing Minimum Wage Orders

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has adopted the proposed amendments to its Wage Orders – ending weeks of speculation about whether and when increases in the minimum salaries for employees to be exempt from...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 9th, 2016

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 9, 2016 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week, so we will keep things short . . ....more

Off Premises Catering Permits Updated Under Act 39

It is that time of year to apply for your Off Premises Catering Permit. Applications for these permits, which allow licensees to cater off their licensed premises and serve alcohol, are submitted through the PLCB+ online...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update

Hello all, With the new year, we plan to post portions of the OTA & Travel Distribution Updates that I prepare and circulate among our hospitality clients each week. Although the posts will be a week or two behind the...more

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry - December 2016

In 2016, California passed various labor and employment laws which directly impact the hospitality industry. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on January 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

Holiday Blues for Massachusetts and Rhode Island Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: When Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday, as they do this year, the holidays are legally observed on the following Monday in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Employers in these states therefore...more

Anticipating Trump’s Impact on Labor Relations in the Hotel Industry

Unlike his oval office predecessor, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to limit federal labor and employment agency activism in wage and hour and other employment-related matters. Hotel owners and franchisors, which in...more

Liquor law reforms – a Christmas gift for small bars, restaurants, landlords, and financiers!

On 8 December 2016 the NSW Government released its response to both the Callinan Review and the Small Bar License Review (see our September update here) and, bucking the recent trend of increasing regulatory burden and...more

Avoiding Appearance-based Discrimination Claims in the Workplace

Employees are generally considered the face of a company, projecting the brand’s image to customers and clients. In the face of this reality, employers often mandate certain grooming and appearance standards for employees –...more

Hospitality Industry Law Newsletter

New Labor Code Section Prevents Employers from Using Out-of-State Choice of Laws Provisions in Contracts with California Employees - On September 27, 2016 Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law impacting the contract...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Loyal Starwood pointers have been waiting anxiously to hear what the hotel brand’s merger with Marriott will mean for their coveted reward system. They’ll have to wait a bit longer, but here are a lot of answers to other...more

Know Your Cyber Insurance Gaps Before a Breach Hits

Data breaches are on the rise throughout the business sector, including the hospitality industry. In 2015, in California alone, there were approximately 178 reported breaches that compromised 24 million records,...more

How a Trump Presidency Impacts Labor Relations in the Hotel Industry

President-elect Trump is unlikely to support continued federal labor and employment agency activism in wage and hour and other employment-related matters. What does this mean in the context of the hotel industry? Can hotel...more

JW Marriott and DJI, Drone-Maker, Partner Up for Drone Experience Program

JW Marriott Hotel & Resorts (Marriott) and DJI, one of the world’s largest drone makers, have partnered up to launch the hotel chain’s first Drone Experience Program; a program which will provide guests with the opportunity...more

Data Security Breach Handbook for Hotels, Venues, & the Hospitality Industry

Media reports about data security breaches have become an almost daily occurrence. Increased publicity reflects the simple fact that data breaches have grown in frequency and scope. According to one study, the hospitality...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses Confirmation Of Arbitration Award, Requires Evidence As To Contract Interpretation

The hotel management agreement (HMA) between hotel manager Four Seasons and hotel owner Burton Way provided that Four Seasons could not license any of the “Four Seasons Operational Benefits” within 14 miles of the Four...more

Proposed Amendment to New York State Wage Orders Set To Substantially Raise Salary Requirements For Exempt Employees

On October 19, 2016, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYSDOL”) published proposed new Wage Orders which, if enacted, will ultimately increase the salary requirements for exempt employees in New York State beyond even...more

Wage Statements Need Not Reflect Value of Accrued Vacation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Accrued vacation pay is not a category that must appear on employee wage statements. California Labor Code section 226 requires employers to report various categories of information on employee wage...more

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