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Predictive Scheduling: A Primer for Retail and Hospitality Employers

One of the most closely watched issues today among retail and hospitality employers is “predictive scheduling,” or as opponents call it, “restrictive scheduling.” Predictive scheduling has become the new cause célèbre among...more

What the Hospitality Industry Needs to Know about Website Accessibility Guidelines

Do private businesses, including restaurants, hotels and travel businesses who offer services to the public through their website (i.e., sell a product or service on the website) have to make their websites accessible to...more

Coffee and Tipping Do Not Mix: Fifth Circuit Rejects Behind-the-Scenes Baristas’ Tip Pooling Arrangement

In Montano v. Montrose Restaurant Associates., Inc., 800 F.3d 186 (5th Cir. Aug. 28, 2015), the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a decision of the Southern District of Texas in which the trial court had...more

Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter

We are pleased to share the first edition of our Hospitality, Food and Beverage Industry Newsletter with you. This Newsletter addresses important recent legal developments affecting the hospitality and restaurant industry and...more

Transgender Issues in the Workplace: Navigating a Changing Legal Landscape

Legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity is popping up all around the country. From California’s Senate Bill 703 prohibiting state agencies from entering into certain contracts with contractors...more

Recent Legislative and Regulatory Activity Will Impact the Payment of Wages in New York

First, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation extending a so-called “sunset” provision in prior amendments to New York’s wage deduction statute – Section 193 of the New York Labor Law. Those amendments, enacted in...more

Controlling the Domino Effect: Russia & CIS Hotel Market 2015-2016 Survey Report

This is the first year we have run this survey for the Russia & CIS region and we have had a very good response rate from top leaders in the industry who shared their views of the current situation...more

Reminder for N.Y. Employers: Multiple Minimum Wage Hikes Take Effect at Year’s End

As we are now in the final quarter of 2015, New York State employers should begin preparing for the many impending minimum wage increases – yes, there will be multiple increases – all of which take effect December 31, 2015....more

Tip-Toeing Around Class Actions: Can a “No Tipping” Policy End Wage and Hour Litigation in the Hospitality Industry?

Joining a budding national trend, renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group last week announced that he will eliminate formal tipping at his restaurants starting in 2016. Meyer stated that the new...more

FDA’s Menu-Labeling Update

Since their official unveiling in December 2014, the FDA’s final menu-labeling rules have given rise to a multitude of questions from hospitality businesses who wonder how to comply or whether they must comply at all. The...more

Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Year-Long Data Breach

Trump Hotel Collection, the high-end hotel chain owned by the billionaire Republican presidential hopeful and real estate developer Donald Trump, has confirmed a data security breach involving malware that the company says...more

Five Evolving Issues Confronting Employers in the Hospitality Industry

As the hospitality industry continues to grow and expand, one common goal is to provide all-inclusive experiences for visitors and patrons. Unfortunately, given the breadth of the goods and services offered to the public and...more

DOJ Will Not Be Challenging Expedia-Orbitz Merger

David Crockett © September 18, 2015 Despite the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) public denouncement of Expedia, Inc.’s (“Expedia”) $1.6 million acquisition of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (“Orbitz”), as...more

Swag: What Can Your Hotel Restaurant Accept for Free?

A distributor is knocking on your hotel restaurant’s door, offering key chains from a hot new distillery for your customers. A brewery just dropped off coasters for use in the restaurant’s bar. And a winery offered cork...more

Real Estate Gazette - Issue 21: Focus on Hospitality and Leisure

Welcome to Issue 21 of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette. at the end of the northern hemisphere summer many people have just returned from time spent relaxing in idyllic surroundings. However, what about the massive business...more

California’s Latest in a Long Line of Water Restrictions

California is in year four of a severe drought crisis that is the worst in the state’s history. In 2013, California had less rainfall than any other year since it became a state, and precipitation levels are currently well...more

Businesses Incur Hefty Fines for Blocking Wi-Fi

Following the FCC’s massive $600,000 fine of Marriott International last year for blocking Wi-Fi at the Gaylord Opryland, the FCC has now imposed an even bigger fine on a boutique telecom company for engaging in similar...more

Accrual to be Kind: Pennsylvania Appellate Court Addresses Statute of Limitations for Declaratory Claim

A Pennsylvania appeals court recently addressed a nuanced procedural question: the applicable statute of limitations in a declaratory action of a coverage dispute. In Selective Way Ins. Co. v. Hospitality Group Svcs, Inc.,...more

Proposed OT Regulations Will Hit Hospitality Industry Hard

At long last, the anxiously awaited proposed changes to the regulations defining federal wage and hour law have been published by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The changes, if adopted, would impact the determination...more

Hospitality Industry Targeted in Proposed White Collar Overtime Regulations

In a March 13, 2014, memorandum, President Barack Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to "modify," "streamline" and "simplify" the federal regulations regarding exemptions to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards...more

Closing Time: Liquor License Considerations in Hospitality Transactions

In today’s increasingly competitive hospitality market, the closing timeframe of sophisticated hospitality transactions has become a significant point of negotiation between sellers and purchasers. One factor that frequently...more

Strange Bedfellows: Technology Issues in Real Estate Transactions, Part 1

Technology continues to infuse our homes, businesses, and places of employment. For example, the “Internet of Things” – as it is sometimes called – brings a lot of promise to a wide variety of industries and sectors,...more

Are Your Contractors Actually Employees? DOL Says Probably Yes

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued an Administrator's Interpretation aimed at addressing what it characterizes as the “problematic trend” of employers misclassifying workers as independent contractors...more

Online Vacation and Short term Rental Sites: Are Taxing Days Ahead?

In recent years, online vacation and short term rental sites have made great inroads into the hospitality industry. Given their infancy and business model, however, they have gone largely unregulated, particularly when it...more

Washington Supreme Court Extends Minimum Wage

In a narrow 5-4 decision on August 20, 2015, the Washington Supreme Court reversed a lower court ruling and applied the City of SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage law to all workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport....more

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