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The Hospitality Industry Practice includes attorneys who advise and represent many of the largest hotel and gaming companies in the country, along with dozens of resorts, restaurant chains, clubs, spas, wineries, and other members of the hospitality industry. These experienced attorneys help hospitality industry employers prevent legal problems by auditing payroll and personnel records to assure compliance with applicable state and federal laws, reviewing I-9 forms and procedures to assure compliance before a surprise government inspection, and training managers on effective techniques for hiring and firing employees, avoiding harassment claims and remaining union-free. In addition, hospitality employers benefit from our attorneys drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, planning and implementing union avoidance programs, and providing day-to-day advice and consultation on every aspect of labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration law.

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Deep-Fried Discrimination Claim: Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen, et al.
Craig A. Cowart, December 06, 2013
The whole country watched as celebrity chef Paula Deen was roasted over the lawsuit filed by a former general manager of a Deen-affiliated restaurant. Now that the media storm is starting to fade, what lessons can employers and human resources professionals learn from what happened? Keep reading...

When Is A Union Not A Union? When It's a "Worker Center.”
Steven M. Bernstein, December 06, 2013
In recent weeks, the fast-food industry has fallen prey to coordinated demonstrations by a number of loosely affiliated groups, rallying around wages, benefits and other conditions. The strategy invoked by these so-called "worker centers" (or "alt-unions") is not altogether new,...

Hotels, Motels Still Drawing USDOL Attention (Updated 11 21 13)
John E. Thompson, November 25, 2013
One of the U.S. Labor Department's continuing federal Fair Labor Standards Act enforcement initiatives targets hotels and motels. Officials are following-through on their 2010 warning that they see the hospitality industry as presenting a "high risk" for non-compliance.