Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $7.93 to $8.05 per hour effective January 1, 2015. Also effective January 1, minimum wage for tipped employees will increase from $4.91 to $5.03 per hour, plus tips (keeping the tip...more
The hospitality industry is particularly fertile ground for a wide variety of wage and hour issues, which continue to plague management through steadily increasing federal and state department of labor investigations and...more
In the last year, private equity continued to play an important role in franchising. Private equity offers a franchisor with a growing franchise system a promising pathway to rapid growth. An investment group can assist a...more
The voters in Oakland recently passed Measure FF, which effective as of March 2, 2015, increases the minimum wage to $12.25, mandates up to 72 hours (equivalent to 9 days) of paid sick leave, and restricts hospitality...more
Last week more than 75,000 art aficionados and celebrities from around the globe descended upon Miami for the 2014 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. What began in 2002 as a winter outpost of the original Art Basel in Basel,...more
“Ban the Box” is a national civil-rights movement backed by advocates for job applicants with criminal convictions. Proponents of these laws believe that expanding employment opportunities for individuals with criminal...more
A representative from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)'s Wage and Hour Division recently warned that the payroll practices of some of this state's most active industries (including the oil and gas services industry) may be...more
Federal District Court in Columbia Holds No Duty to Warn of Rainy Conditions -
Retailers and hospitality-related entities doing business in South Carolina should be encouraged by a recent premises liability decision...more
Many employers in the hospitality industry employ individuals who receive customer tips or gratuities in the ordinary course of their work day. These tips may serve as an offset against an employer’s minimum wage obligations...more
A federal district court in New Jersey has dismissed with prejudice a shareholder derivative suit, Palkon v. Holmes, No. 14-CV-01234 (SRC) (D.N.J.), that tried to blame the directors and officers at hospitality company...more
Have you ever wondered why your cell phone or personal Wi-Fi hot spot does not seem to work in some hotels?
As more business and leisure travelers equip themselves to stay in constant communication with their work...more
With that vivid memory and hurricane season in full swing, it’s imperative that businesses such as hotels, food service establishments, and retailers evaluate and discuss disaster planning preparedness, proper emergency...more
In This Issue:
- Exposure and Liability
- What Should Employers Take Away from This?
- For More Information
- About Polsinelli’s Immigration Practice
- Excerpt from...more
In the past, when China exceeded its 7% allocation of US Immigrant Investor Visas (EB-5 visas), Chinese applicants were permitted to take advantage of unused EB-5 visas allotted to other countries. But as of the last week of...more
One of the hottest trends right now is buying (or selling) independent hotel management companies. The demand is coming from all directions – existing management companies, investment funds and foreign buyers. Existing...more
When an employer becomes the subject of an enforcement audit by ICE and I-9 violations are discovered, civil fines for simple paperwork violations – even if no undocumented workers are discovered – will range from $110 to...more
A new Court of Appeal decision handed down on Friday 5 September has given landlords some comfort that leases entered into before a line of cases that ruled many guarantee provisions invalid will still be interpreted in a...more
As the mid-point of 2014 fades into the rearview mirror, it is clear that wage and hour claims continue to be a hotbed of litigation impacting large and small companies across industries. In turn the protection those...more
Since the start of this year, we were aware of 19 representation petitions that went all the way to an election. Unions were victorious in 13 of them.
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In addition to looking at taxes to cut, let’s look at ways to invest a little to make a lot more. For starters, consider visitor spending where more than 26 million people who visit Indy every year generate more than $256...more
Why is there so much buzz about EB-5 financing?
In the last five years, EB-5 financing has become extremely popular in development circles and is being widely used by mainstream, institutional players including...more
Condominium hotels are a subject of renewed interest, buoyed by the rising tide for real estate generally. These projects are also encouraged by favorable trends for financing under the SEC's new Rule 506(c) that allows...more
In Dulin v. Board of Commissioners of the Greenwood Leflore Hospital, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an $82,000 jury award to George Dulin, a white attorney who claimed his former employer, the Greenwood Leflore...more
How should hotel developers go after EB-5 financing?
Although the EB-5 immigrant visa program has been around since 1990, the current trend of using this as a source of financing for hotel development began only three...more
In response to widespread employer concerns over ambiguities in New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (“ESTA”), the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (“DCA”) published its Final Rules regarding the ESTA on July 30,...more
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