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Los Angeles Hotel Ordinance Update

Last week, Nancy Yaffe and I hosted approximately 30 Human Resources professionals in the hospitality industry in our Century City office for a working group discussion on the challenges of the Los Angeles Citywide Hotel...more

Significant Drop-Off in California Hotel Investments: Why, and What Lies Ahead?

There has been a significant drop off in hotel investments and acquisitions in 2016 as compared to 2015 levels. 2015 was an exceptionally strong year in terms of hotel investment volume, as California experienced a record...more

HEI Hotels & Resorts Investigating Malware Intrusion

HEI Hotels & Resorts (HEI), which include Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin Hotels have notified individuals who purchased food and beverages at 20 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia that their credit card...more

Initiative I-124: Look Beyond the Title

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Seattle City Council unanimously voted to place Initiative 124 (“I-124”), entitled the “Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative,” on the November 2016 ballot. Many voters will likely...more

EU & Competition Law Update – August 2016

EU: Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Hotel Booking Continues - The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As...more

Seattle Ballot Initiative Targets Hotel Industry

According to Ballotpedia, 140 state ballot initiatives in 35 states have already been certified for the November 8, 2016 election. This number does not include the many city-wide measures that will be before voters on...more

Kimpton Hotels investigates credit and debit card breach

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has announced that it is investigating a point-of-sale credit and debit card breach affecting approximately two dozen of its properties in the U.S....more

CA Increases Paid Family Leave Benefits

In April, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 908 (AB 908) into law, increasing wage replacement benefits for employees who take leave under California’s existing paid family leave law. Fifteen years after...more

Restrictive Scheduling Bill Fails in CA Senate

A measure that would have required many California hotel businesses to give their employees a 21-day work schedule at least one week in advance was shelved by the Senate Appropriations Committee in late May 2016. Labeled a...more

Court decides to ‘wait and see’ in its refusal to grant an administration order

Rowntree Ventures Ltd v Oak Property Partners Ltd [2016] EWHC 1523 (Ch) - The High Court recently re-affirmed the discretionary nature of its right to grant an administration order. In this case, the court refused to...more

New Poster for Hospitality Employers in Louisiana

Louisiana hotels will soon be required to display a new poster publicizing the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. The new poster obligation becomes effective on August 1. 2016....more

How Can My Property Comply With All These New Minimum Wage & Sick Leave Laws?

In order to ensure compliance with the California Paid Sick Leave Law (CA Sick Leave), Los Angeles Minimum Wage Ordinance (City Ordinance), Los Angeles County Minimum Wage Ordinance (County Ordinance) and Los Angeles Citywide...more

Coming to a Hotel Near You: The Starwood-Marriott Merger

It seems fitting that Marriott’s upcoming acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (creating one of the largest hotel companies in the world) is anticipated to occur during the prime summer vacation season. The combined...more

What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as U.S. Embargo Loosens?

The loosening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has generated significant discussion regarding the country's potential for economic transformation. Most analysts agree that Cuba will be a very different country 10 years from...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

Omni Hotels latest hotel chain hit with malware

Omni Hotels notified guests on Friday, July 8, 2016, that its point of sale systems were compromised with malware from December 23, 2015, through June 15, 2016....more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Title III Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

Sale of a Business is Not Constructive Dismissal

In the decision 2108805 Ontario Inc. v. Boulad rendered on January 25, 2016, the Quebec Court of Appeal overruled the trial judge who had considered that the change of employer resulting from a change of ownership constituted...more

Narrow Construction May Apply When No Evidence Supports Broader Construction

Addressing claim construction issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a claim construction limiting “communications path” to wired communications. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. v. Innovative Wireless...more

FDA’s Final Guidance on Menu-Labeling Regulations and What It Means to Hotel Owners and Operators

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have been following the development and implementation of the FDA’s new menu-labeling regulations with some interest. After multiple rounds of drafts and public comment periods,...more

“What is Our Liability for Wild Animals?” Asks Hoteliers & Other Hospitality-Related Operators After Alligator Attack

On June 15, the nation woke up to their Twitter and Facebook feeds to learn about the horror that had visited a Nebraska family the night before at a Walt Disney World hotel property when a two-year-old boy playing in foot of...more

A Reminder: Increased Minimum Wages for Santa Monica and Los Angeles

An increase in temperatures will not be the only increase employers will see this July: employers in the City of Los Angeles and in the City of Santa Monica are reminded that minimum wages will increase starting on July 1,...more

STR Adopts New Competitive Set Guidelines – Impact on Owners

The importance of the competitive set - Many hotel management agreements contain performance test standards allowing an owner to terminate a management agreement if the hotel fails to meet specified guidelines, and most...more

Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

Facing the Music: Hoteliers Run the Risk of Copyright Infringement

In the digital age, music is omnipresent and access is immediate. Hotel operators, eager to improve the guest experience and elevate their brands, are assessing and enhancing the presentation of music at their...more

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