Hospitality Industry

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Hotels – Brand Expansion or Brand Explosion?

Consumer oriented companies commonly use “brand extension” to launch a new product by using an existing brand name on a new or related product, often in a different category. These companies use brand extension to leverage...more

[Webinar] Hotel Liquor Licensing - September 27th, 10:00am PST

Join DWT Partner Matt LeMaster and Associate Jeff Giametta for this webinar where they will provide practical advice for dealing with the ins and outs of retail and hotel liquor licensing, including acquisition diligence,...more

Morristown, New Jersey, Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Private-sector employees who work at least 80 hours during a calendar year in Morristown, New Jersey, will be entitled to paid sick leave under Ordinance No. 35-2016, passed by the Morristown Town Council on September 13,...more

Considerations for Hospitality Industry Employers as They Continue to Prepare for New Salary Thresholds Under White-Collar...

Employers in the hospitality industry should act now to address recent changes to the overtime exemptions for “white collar” employees. Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its highly anticipated final...more

Florida Open for Captive Insurance Business

After several decades, Florida is back in the business of licensing captive insurance companies. On Aug. 11, 2016, the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation issued a license to a nonprofit Florida corporation, pursuant to...more

Federal Court Finds Depository Bank Not Liable to Third Party for Mobile Remote Deposit Capture Fraud

A recent federal court case in Illinois has addressed whether a depository bank can be held liable for negligence when its customer deposits a check by mobile remote deposit capture, and the bank fails to prevent the customer...more

Federal Appeals Court Refuses To Reinstate Tip-Pooling Policies - Labor Regulation Banning Such Policies Upheld By 9th Circuit...

Restaurants and other hospitality businesses in the Western U.S. received bad news late yesterday as a federal appeals court refused to strike down a controversial tip-pooling regulation. The U.S. Department of Labor’s...more

Trump Hotel False Advertising Suit Against Culinary Workers Union Gets Chopped

Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act is generally considered a broad-based vehicle for asserting false advertising claims. For the owner and operator of the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, however, the statutory section was not broad...more

RAMP Under Act 39 of 2016: Who is Required to Complete Server/Seller Training

As you may be aware, Act 39 of 2016 (“Act 39”) took effect on August 8, 2016, and it brought with it much confusion with regard to the many aspects of the Liquor Code. One area that has brought the most confusion is with Act...more

Motel 6 Sued By EEOC for Pregnancy Discrimination

New Orleans Motel Placed Employee on Unwanted Leave of Absence, Federal Agency Charges - NEW ORLEANS - G6 Hospitality, dba Motel 6, unlawfully placed a pregnant employee on leave solely because of the fact that she was...more

Active Shooters In The Workplace: Is The Hospitality Industry Ready

An armed gunman just entered the lobby of your hotel. He announces he is taking your front desk employees and nearby guests as hostages. An image on a security camera reveals that the gunman is a former bellman who was fired...more

Los Angeles Hotel Ordinance Update

Last week, Nancy Yaffe and I hosted approximately 30 Human Resources professionals in the hospitality industry in our Century City office for a working group discussion on the challenges of the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel...more

Uncorked: Act 39 of 2016 Expands Wine Sales in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania wine enthusiasts rejoiced when, on June 8, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law PA House Bill 1690, now known as Act 39 of 2016 ("Act 39"). Act 39 made sweeping changes to Pennsylvania's Liquor Code, loosening...more

HEI Hotels & Resorts Investigating Malware Intrusion

HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), which include Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin Hotels have notified individuals who purchased food and beverages at 20 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia that their credit card...more

Oracle’s MICROS Point of Sale Division Hacked

KrebsonSecurity has reported that the Russian organized cybercrime group dubbed the Carbanak Gang, which in the past has been suspected of stealing more than $1 billion from banks, retailers and hotels and restaurants...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Zika and the Hospitality Employer: Evolving Concerns as the Virus Comes to the U.S.

We’ve previously answered some basic questions that employers may have when their employees work in or visit locations where exposure to Zika virus is a risk. With recent news concerning the first cases of transmission of the...more

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

According to Ballotpedia, 140 state ballot initiatives in 35 states have already been certified for the November 8, 2016 election. This number does not include the many city-wide measures that will be before voters on...more

Another Federal Court Thinks the DOL Is Out to Lunch On Tip Credit Rule

Seyfarth Synopsis: New decision from Northern District of Georgia rejects the DOL’s interpretation of the FLSA tip credit law. Holds that the FLSA does not regulate tips received by employees who are paid at least minimum...more

Kimpton Hotels investigates credit and debit card breach

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has announced that it is investigating a point-of-sale credit and debit card breach affecting approximately two dozen of its properties in the U.S....more

CA Increases Paid Family Leave Benefits

In April, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908 (AB 908) into law, increasing wage replacement benefits for employees who take leave under California’s existing paid family leave law. Fifteen years after...more

Restrictive Scheduling Bill Fails in CA Senate

A measure that would have required many California hotel businesses to give their employees a 21-day work schedule at least one week in advance was shelved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in late May 2016. Labeled a...more

New Poster for Hospitality Employers in Louisiana

Louisiana hotels will soon be required to display a new poster publicizing the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The new poster obligation becomes effective on August 1. 2016....more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Dual Minimum Wage Requirement for Tipped Workers Who Perform Other Duties

The hospitality industry continues to face an increasing number of collective action lawsuits filed by tipped employees who claim that their employers failed to comply with minimum wage requirements for servers and related...more

Act 39 of 2016: RAMP and Surcharge Changes Applicable to all License Holders - NMM Liquor Law Blog

On June 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1690, otherwise known as Act 39 of 2016, which is considered one of the most significant liquor reform bills since Prohibition. Today’s blog, a continuation of our...more

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