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On the Oregon Trail: the BHP Enforcement Action and High-Risk Hospitality

The settlers who took off on this Great Emigration on the Oregon Trail did not have anything in the way of a road map. Fortunately for the modern day anti-corruption compliance practitioner, you do have road maps that can...more

Game-Changing Developments Threaten Franchise Business Model

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) have been coordinating attacks on the franchise business model. These activities were a primary focus for all attendees at the May...more

The Bryant Park Hotel Denied Preliminary Injunction in Trademark Dispute

The Bryant Park Hotel has been using its registered trademarks, including the well-known mark THE BRYANT PARK HOTEL, in connection with hotel, restaurant, and bar services since 2001, but U.S. District Judge Rakoff found that...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - The Next Hot Trend in Economic Development: Craft Beer - Class Action Attempt to Void Jimmy John’s Non-Competes Goes Stale - Use of Customer Survey Data Upheld in Hotel Franchise...more

California Court of Appeal Reminds Employers About the Importance of Thorough Harassment Investigations

Dawson v. Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, No. D064654 (March 23, 2015): In an unpublished opinion, a California Court of Appeal reversed an order granting summary judgment in favor of the employer, Country Club of Rancho...more

Updated New Orleans Zoning Ordinance Threatens Microbreweries and Microdistilleries

The New Orleans City Council is set to vote on the draft Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (“CZO”) on May 14, 2015. The CZO will have major implications for micro-distilleries and micro-breweries, which have been lightly...more

Overtime Changes Threaten the Exempt Status of Retail and Hospitality Managers

The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Committee on Employment Law held its spring meeting last week, and one of the hottest topics on the minds of the attendees concerned the impact that the U.S. Department of Labor’s...more

"Predictable Scheduling" Concept Gaining Momentum

In late January, we reported on U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil's comments that the agency is considering whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act somehow entitles employees to "predictable...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Lawfulness of No Tipping Policies

On April 10, 2015, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held in Meshna v. Scrivanos that an employer may implement a no tipping policy for workers otherwise covered by the Massachusetts Tips Act (M.G.L. c.149, § 152A )....more

Financial and Merchant Industries Group and Obama Administration to Address Privacy Concerns

On behalf of its 19 participating trade association members from the merchant and financial services industries, the Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership (MFCP) announced "8 Next Steps" to protect customers and their...more

Better Safe Than Sorry: Keeping Up With Your Employees

Employee turnover is unavoidable for most businesses. Although almost no industry is immune from losing employees for any number of reasons in a free market economy, turnover is particularly prevalent in the highly seasonal...more

New PCI Tokenization Guidelines

Last week, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council released new guidelines related to the security of tokenization products. The guidelines are a set of technical best practices for evaluating tokenization...more

The One Secret Ingredient to Creating Raves

Restaurateur Danny Meyer has been delighting diners in New York City since he opened Union Square Cafe in 1985. Thirty years and 15 restaurant concepts later, he and his team at Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) have...more

Nevada Court Holds Multiple Deaths Resulted From Single Occurrence

In its recent decision in Century Sur. Co. v. Casino W., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39482 (D. Nev. Mar. 27, 2015), the United States District Court for the District of Nevada had occasion to consider whether multiple fatalities...more

Feds Fast-Forward "Fissured" Focus

As David Weil, the still relatively new United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Administrator describes it, an industry is “fissured” when large companies no longer directly employ the workers that produce their...more

Must Gluten-free Be Free? What You Should Know About Celiac Disease and the ADA

Restaurants nationwide are beginning to offer gluten-free alternatives to regular menu items. This is welcome news to those long suffering from celiac disease, a chronic and serious immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein...more

Third Circuit Hears Oral Argument Over Whether FTC Has Authority To Regulate Data Security

After much anticipation, the Third Circuit heard oral arguments (audio) last Tuesday in the interlocutory appeal in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. We have written previously about this case, which likely will be a significant...more

Update: Hotel Industry Members Withdrawal FCC Wi-Fi Petition

This is an update to an article we posted on January 28, Can Hotels Legally Block Wi-Fi Hot Spots? The FCC Says No, and Fines a Hotel $600,000 For Doing It. On August 25, 2014, the American Hotel & Lodging Association,...more

How New Marijuana Laws Will Impact the Hospitality Industry

On Feb. 10, 2015, Bill Berger and Matt Arentsen led a roundtable discussion at the Hospitality Law Conference in Houston, Texas. Speakers and attendees at the conference represented a broad spectrum of hospitality industry...more

Limiting Off-Duty Access To The Hotel

Many hospitality employers are surprised to learn that employees have a right under federal labor law to access the exterior, nonworking areas of the hotel property in their off-duty hours for union or other protected...more

New York Tip Law Update: Subminimum Wage for Tipped Employees Will Increase to $7.50 per Hour on December 31, 2015

On February 24, 2015, New York State Acting Commissioner of Labor Mario J. Musolino issued an order (“Order”) increasing the subminimum cash wage for all tipped workers in the hospitality industry from the current $5.00...more

Conference Attracts Industry-Focused Lawyers And Hospitality Leaders

Fisher & Phillips lawyers joined hundreds of industry executives, lawyers, and security experts in Houston for the 13th Annual Hospitality Lawyer Conference. The three day conference featured general sessions and workshops...more

New York Department of Labor Increases Minimum Tipped Wages

On February 24, 2015, the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor adopted the recommendations set forth by the three-member New York State Department of Labor Wage Board affecting tipped workers in the...more

NYS Acting Commissioner of Labor Accepts the Wage Board’s Recommendation to Increase the Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees in the...

New York State’s Acting Commissioner of Labor, Mario Musolino, issued an Order today, accepting most of the recommendations made by the Hospitality Industry Wage Board, including the recommendation to increase the minimum...more

Trump Taj Mahal Fined Record $10 Million for Inadequate AML Program

As disclosed recently in a bankruptcy court filing, on January 27, 2015, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) imposed a $10 million civil money penalty pursuant to the Bank Secrecy Act (the “BSA”) on Trump Taj...more

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