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Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 1: Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada

by Dickinson Wright on

The current division of jurisdiction over gaming in Canada came about as a result of a Federal-Provincial Agreement that was entered into in 1985, intended to address differences that had arisen between those governments...more

Sexual Harassment Takes Center Stage – California Legislature Responds With Flurry of Proposed Bills

by Fisher Phillips on

The California Legislature reconvened on January 3 to begin the second year of the 2017-18 legislative session. As anticipated, sexual harassment appears to be the “hot topic” for the Legislature this year, with nearly a...more

The Right to Rent? Or, more like…. the Right to Apply for a License?

A new state-wide vacation rental law bill proposed in the Florida Senate would require vacation rental owners to apply for and pay a fee for a license in order to operate a vacation rental whether advertised on a website or...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Google linked to new allegations of collusive keyword practices; Argentina's distribution...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Happy New Year from Seattle... I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays. Our final, year-end OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 29, 2017 is below. ...more

New Year, New Laws In New York

by Fisher Phillips on

The New Year will bring a number of new employment laws to the Empire State and Big Apple. All employers with operations in New York should take note of these new laws — as well as significant laws that went into effect in...more

Reminder: Michigan's Minimum Wage Increases to $9.25/Hour

by Miller Canfield on

In May 2014, Michigan enacted a law that gradually increases the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 per hour by January 1, 2018. On Jan. 1, 2018, the minimum hourly wage for employees will increase by 35 cents, from $8.90 to...more

Michigan Minimum Wage to Increase From $8.90 to $9.25

Effective January 1, 2018, the Michigan minimum wage will increase to $9.25 an hour. This is the last of the scheduled increases under Public Act 138 of 2014. ...more

Department of Labor Moves One Step Closer to Allowing Employers More Flexibility in Their Tip Pooling Practices

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the December 5, 2017 edition of the Federal Register, with a proposal to rescind its 2011 regulations on tip pooling. The NPRM appears to...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 12

by Dickinson Wright on

On December 5, 2017, following an internal government review of the casino sector after allegations of transnational money laundering and illicit cash transactions in gaming facilities in the Lower Mainland, British Columbia...more

DOL Proposes Repeal of Obama-Era Tip Credit Rule

Last week, the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division proposed repealing a controversial regulation affecting employers in the hospitality industry. The regulation interpreted a provision of the Fair Labor...more

New York State’s Minimum Wage and Tip Credits Will Increase Effective December 31, 2017

As we have previously reported, New York State’s Minimum Wage Orders set forth a schedule that provides for the automatic annual increase of, among other things, the salary basis thresholds for overtime exempt employees, the...more

Tipping Point Of Confusion: Contradictions Abound In Tip Credit Rules

by Fisher Phillips on

Legal issues surrounding tip credits have been in the spotlight throughout much of 2017, from significant court decisions to announcements by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). But rather than setting forth clear rules,...more

New York State Department of Labor Issues Draft Regulations Restricting Call-In Pay Practices

On November 10, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) released draft regulations that would amend the rules for scheduling employees covered by the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and...more

Judges and Legislators in Chicago and California Seek to Expand Protections for Hotel Workers

In the wake of a deluge of sexual harassment accusations being leveled against high profile figures, and the ensuing #MeToo social media movement, some legislators and judges have been eager to expand protections for certain...more

Client Alert: Florida Minimum Wage to Increase in 2018

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that, effective January 1, 2018, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from $8.10 per hour to $8.25. Employers may pay their properly tipped employees a lower rate of...more

Navigating Disruptive Climates Hosted by Washington Hospitality Association

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Navigating Disruptive Climates, hosted by Washington Hospitality Association, was held on October 22-24, 2017 at the Tulalip Resort Casino in Tulalip, Washington. My presentation at the conference, "The War Rages: Hotels vs....more

A solution to get the corporate hotline working as well as the corporate grapevine

The following interview is with Juliette Gust and Tricia Fratto, founders, Ethics Suite. RB: So, Juliette and Tricia, how about sharing some of your background? JG: Well Richard, I think I may be the only hospitality...more

Ahead of Schedule? What Oregon’s Fair Work Week Bill Means to the Retail, Hospitality, and Food Service Industries

In case you didn’t know, Oregon enacted the “Fair Work Week” law, making it the first state to legally restrict the scheduling practices of employers in the service sector. The highlights include... ...more

Rules Proposed For NYC’s Fair Workweek Law

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), the agency tasked with enforcing the city’s new “Fair Workweek Law,” recently issued proposed rules to implement the legislation and provide guidance to covered employers...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Oct. 27th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending October 27, 2017 is below. This week's Update includes a number of substantive stories on OTAs, particularly, European authorities’ renewed interest in OTAs’...more

Hyatt and Bob Evans Face Class Action Biometric Suit Over Fingerprints

Hyatt Corp. was hit with a class action suit this week for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) by collecting and storing employees’ fingerprints. This is the latest in a string of suits...more

Hilton Settles Data Breach Investigations with NY and VT AGs

Hilton Domestic Operating Co., Inc. (Hilton) has agreed to pay the New York and Vermont Attorneys General $700,000 to settle allegations that they violated those state consumer protection and data breach notification laws...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - November 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

US-CERT Warns of New Ransomware: Bad Rabbit - The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) is warning companies in the U.S. about a new ransomware dubbed “Bad Rabbit.” US-CERT stated it has received multiple...more

A Comprehensive Review Of The Grubhub Trial Closing Arguments

by Fisher Phillips on

After a five-hour closing argument session in a California federal court on Monday, the gig economy is waiting with baited breath and trying to hazard their best guesses about how the judge will rule in the high-stakes Lawson...more

Just A Tip: DOL One Step Closer To Rescinding Tip Pooling Regulation

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Good news for restaurant employers: the regulation that says tips belong to the employee – regardless of whether the employer takes the tip credit or pays the full minimum wage — may soon be history. Last week, the Department...more

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