Hospitality Industry

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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

Hotels, Hospitality and Guest Privacy: Six Important Questions to Ask After the Andrews Verdict

Earlier this month, a Nashville jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million after she sued the companies that franchise, own and operate a hotel, alleging that the hotel improperly gave her private information to...more

Hospitality Industry Alert: DOL Delivers New Overtime Exemption Rule Ahead of Schedule

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (“FLSA”) overtime exemptions. Specifically, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking introduced changes to the executive,...more

Erin Andrews Is Good Example of Fighting Back

A jury just awarded Erin Andrews $55 million against the man that filmed her without permission through the peephole of her hotel room and the hotel where they both stayed. The videos of a nude Andrews that were...more

Ninth Circuit Validates Rules Prohibiting Inclusion of “Back of the House” Employees in Tip Pools Even for Employers Not Taking a...

Employers in the hospitality industry have been increasingly assessing and updating their tipping practices over the past several years, with some even eliminating tipping all together, affecting both their bottom lines and...more

Menu Labeling: New York’s Salt Disclosures Temporarily Stayed

A day before new sodium labeling regulations were set to take effect in New York City, a New York state appeals court granted a temporary stay, pausing the implementation and enforcement of the new requirements. Under the...more

Jury Awards Erin Andrews $55 million in Invasion of Privacy Case . . . a First of its Kind

A Nashville, Tennessee Jury has awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in her civil lawsuit related to the secret recording and distribution of a nude video filmed during her stay at a Marriot hotel. The jury found...more

Amid Growing Concerns Over the Proliferation of ADA Lawsuits, Congress and the California Legislature Address Measures to Curb ADA...

Since 2004, more than 20,000 ADA lawsuits have been filed in the country’s federal courts. The number of ADA filings in state courts is unavailable, but likely runs in the thousands. Nearly one half of all ADA lawsuits were...more

EB-5 financing accelerates in 2016 and favors (1) Hotels, (2) Mixed-Use and (3) Multifamily as top 3 targets for EB-5 funding.

Hotel Lawyer in Los Angeles at the latest EB-5 Summit - If you have been thinking about tapping into EB-5 financing for your development project, this is the time to make your decision and act quickly. If you need...more

Split Ninth Circuit Decision Clarifies the Limitations of Tip Pooling

In a split 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association v. Perez (February 2016) that its 2010 decision in Cumbie v. Woody Woo, Inc. did not prevent the U. S. Department...more

Food Labeling: The GMO Edition

On February 22, a packed room of food technologists and cereal chemists in Minneapolis heard from a panel of speakers about the hot debate surrounding GMO-labeling, an issue that is unlikely to be resolved any time soon....more

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