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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

Short-Term Rentals Fight Flares Up Nationwide

In recent months, cities across the nation have been implementing legislation aimed at regulating and restricting short-term rentals. The affected companies, namely Airbnb, have responded with lawsuits. The dispute has played...more

Are You Protecting Guest Privacy, Safety and Security?

We have all heard about the jury’s award in a breach of privacy action against a well known sportscaster. So what are you doing about safeguarding a guest’s privacy and safety and security so this does not happen to you? ...more

For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs, Financing Deals Often Come In More Flavors Than Just Vanilla: Insights from Nutter’s Will...

Will Bernat, a partner in Nutter’s Business Department and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Commercial Finance practice groups, weighed in on financing deals for food and beverage companies in Nutter Insights....more

Wage Orders Likely Pose Compliance Issues for New York Employers

For New York employers, many wage-and-hour obligations are not set forth in the statute. Rather, they are outlined in Wage Orders promulgated by the New York State Department of Labor. The New York DOL has published proposed...more

Reading the Fine Print: Changes in Legal Framework for the Assessment and Display of Service Charges

Service charges, administrative charges, surcharges, house fees—whatever you call those charges assessed for food and beverage service in restaurants and in hotels—the rules about how they need to be disclosed to guests and...more

Safe Travel Series: Dos and Don'ts of Hotel Safety

Hotels are susceptible to a wide array of thefts, scams, hacks, and assaults. Today, the savvy traveler needs to be security conscious. That especially applies to hotels. While any given stay will, in all likelihood, turn out...more

The Totality of Circumstances Test Used to Determine Foreseeability of Criminal Act

Unfortunately, criminal activity occurs at many retail and hospitality establishments. When a patron is attacked and suffers injury, the patron often looks to the establishment for compensation. The determination of whether...more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

Trump Hotel Settles with NY Attorney General Over Credit Card Breaches

Trump International Hotels Management has agreed to pay the State of New York $50,000 for two data breaches that exposed over 70,000 customer credit card numbers and other personal information, according to New York Attorney...more

Sleep with an Eye Open: The New Age of Hotel Privacy Intrusion

A hotel is a personal place, even if you share it with thousands of other people. The very obscurity in a crowd can make you feel anonymous, and the private living space allows for the most private of conversations and...more

UPDATE: Bill Requiring Mandatory Training for Alcohol Servers Vetoed by Governor Brown

Update (9.30.16): California Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed AB 2121, a bill that would have required bartenders to complete a course to help them identify customers who may be intoxicated and to intervene. Under the bill,...more

Spoiler Alert: LA Hotel Ordinance Is Here to Stay

There’s a new twist in the ongoing soap-opera like saga surrounding the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance.  The Hotel Associations that opposed the Ordinance have now dropped their two-year law suit to...more

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

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