Hospitality Industry

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Retail and Hospitality Employers Grapple With the DOL's Final FLSA Part 541 Regulations

For over a year, retail and hospitality employers have been anxiously awaiting the issuance of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final overtime regulations—regulations which many had predicted would impact retail and...more

Industry fundamentals are good now and will continue to improve

Hotel industry fundamentals are good, and will continue to improve. But the hotel industry is being punished by the disconnect between the investment community of Wall Street and actual performance of the hotels on Main...more

“We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service To Anyone”, But What Would Blackstone Do?

I’ve previously written about how both California and Nevada have statutorily adopted the common law of England as the rule of decision for courts in those states. See Ahistorical Bedfellows: The California Corporations Code...more

The 2016 LIIC Top Ten: The annual survey of lodging investment trends and challenges

(Denver, CO) For well over a decade, the members of the hotel industry’s preeminent think tank, “LIIC – The Lodging Industry Investment Council,” are annually surveyed to develop a list of the major hotel investment...more

Federal Judge Takes Decisive Action to Protect Hotels from ADA Abuse by a High Frequency Litigant

In a rare and decisive action, a Central District Court Judge dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit filed by an Arizona disabled plaintiff who has recently filed a wave of over 70 ADA lawsuits against...more

Discounting Alcoholic Beverages

Happy hours, daily drink specials, and promotions are popular incentives used by retail licensees to attract business, remain competitive, and satisfy their customers’ expectations. In implementing these practices, however,...more

The Ripple Effect of New York State's Minimum Wage Increase - Part II: The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry in New York State, already facing potentially significant increases in labor costs due to upcoming increases in the minimum wage, will need to adjust policies and practices in anticipation of the...more

Can SafeHer, a Women-For-Women Ridesharing Company, Overcome the Challenges of Anti-Discrimination Laws?

Despite lawsuits and persistent legal uncertainties, the “sharing economy” is booming, and the companies at its forefront continue to grow. Some of these businesses are a natural complement to the hotel industry, while...more

FDA releases final guidance on menu labeling – new compliance date of May 2017 expected

The Food and Drug Administration has released its final guidance for industry on compliance with federal menu labeling laws. This highly anticipated document provides answers to many frequently asked questions and addresses...more

The Race Is On: Nevada and New Jersey Scramble to Lead the Evolving Relationship between Gambling and eSports

For the last several years, eSports contests have been filling arenas throughout the world. eSports viewership and associated cash prizes now rival those of professional sports. Top teams win millions of dollars in a single...more

Legislative Update: Employee Training Required for Hotels, Inns on Human Trafficking

Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing updates on various bills to pass (or fail) at the state general assembly. They’re coming in fast and furious so patience is the order of the day....more

UK Hotels Outlook: Summer 2016 and Beyond

UK hotels remain most popular in Europe - London remains the top destination for hotel investment in Europe, according to a survey of senior hospitality figures, beating Barcelona and Madrid into joint second place....more

The Ripple Effect of New York's Minimum Wage Increase - Part I: The Non-Hospitality Industry

Companies with employees in New York may feel ripple effects of New York's upcoming minimum wage increases in ways they may not have considered, resulting in a heavier financial burden for many. As detailed in our HR...more

Vacation rental websites create difficult choices for hotels

In just a few years, vacation rental websites have exploded onto the scene, commanding a significant market presence in the hospitality industry and redefining traditional “vacation rentals.” In particular, websites like...more

Hotels and Hospitality in Cuba: OFAC and Obama Paving the Way

With more flights, relaxing regulations, a historic presidential trip to Cuba, and news of hospitality services expanding into Cuba, the pathway into Cuba for hotels and hospitality companies seems smooth. But businesses...more

Family Matters: New York State Minimum Wage Increase & Paid Family Leave

New York will increase its minimum wage to $15.00 an hour in gradual increases, beginning December 31, 2016. In keeping with the wave of new legislation in states and cities across the country, New York also passed the Paid...more

Negative Reviews? Call A Lawyer – But Maybe Not Right Away

In our increasingly narcissistic culture, not only is everyone a critic, but everyone thinks their opinion is of the utmost importance. Smartphones permit us to instantaneously inform everyone of our day-to-day activities via...more

Gender-Based Sales Promotions: Good Business or Unlawful Discrimination?

At the risk of sounding crass and overgeneralizing, social establishments – particularly those catering to the non-married crowd – like having more women at their establishments, and so they offer free items to women on the...more

Nevada Casino Operator Settles FCPA Allegations with SEC

On April 7, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a Nevada-based operator of numerous hotel, resort, and casino properties in the United States and Asia. In a cease and desist order, the SEC found that the operating company...more

Erin Andrews Jury Sends Hoteliers a $55 Million Reality Check

“Privacy law” continues to evolve in the face of ever-advancing technology. Legislative bodies, administrative agencies, courts, tech companies, and a host of other interests are working to innovate, keep pace with, or catch...more

Virginia ABC Relaxes Wineries’ Use of Tasting, Retail Sales Areas

In a just-published Circular Letter (16-02), the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) announced that wineries, farm wineries and breweries may now use areas approved for retail sales and tastings for...more

More Than the Temperature Is Rising US Virgin Islands Minimum Wage to Increase This Summer

On March 23, 2016, the U.S. Virgin Islands joined the growing list of states, municipalities, and territories that have adjusted their minimum wage above the federal minimum wage, which has been set at $7.25 per hour since...more

A Signed Declaration Of Age Card Is Not The Only Defense To Prosecution For Selling Alcoholic Beverages To A Minor

The verification process of having purchasers complete a declaration of age card is overly burdensome on the licensee, especially at busy nightclubs, taverns, and restaurants. The licensee must weigh valid customer demands...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - March 2016 #2

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape....more

Tailoring Your Hotel Amenities to Your Customers

The days of one-size-fits-all hotel amenities are a thing of the past. In addition to creating vast inefficiencies (i.e., a swimming pool at a bustling business hotel), basic hotel amenities fail to suit the unique tastes of...more

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