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|Santa Monica Adopts Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Ordinance for Hotel Workers|
Charles L. Thompson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
April 18, 2016, previously published on March 29, 2016In January 2016, the Santa Monica, California City Council adopted a wide-reaching ordinance that raises the city’s minimum wage for hotel workers. The ordinance also imposes paid sick leave requirements on hotel employers that exceed those of the state’s paid sick leave statute. The...
|Prevent the Itch! Hospitality Industry Tips to Avoid or Manage the Risk of Bed Bugs|
Kimberly H. Neal; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.;
March 7, 2016, previously published on February 19, 2016It’s hard not to love travel. The Dalai Lama suggests “Once a year, go somewhere you have never been before,” and Audrey Hepburn proclaimed that “Paris is always a good idea.” But with bed bugs on the rise, travelers may be wise to proceed with caution and hotels must...
|U.S. Department of State Ending Extra Passport Pages Practice|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
December 29, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2015The State Department announced Thursday (November 19) that it is ending the practice of adding additional pages in passports for security reasons, beginning January 1, 2016.
|Beachfront Management Bill S.139|
Bob Coble; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
November 27, 2015, previously published on November 12, 2015South Carolina state Senator Ray Cleary’s Beachfront Management Bill S.139 has been scheduled for the Senate Environmental Subcommittee the morning of December 1, 2015.
|Do Frequent Flier Miles Expire When You Do?|
Chambliss Bahner Stophel P.C.;
November 17, 2015, previously published on November 16, 2015Accumulated frequent flier miles can be valuable assets, but what happens to those miles after somene dies? Can a spouse or other heirs inherit them, or do the miles simply evaporate like a contrail?
|Closing Time: Liquor License Considerations in Hospitality Transactions|
Andrew J. Orosz, William S. Vanos; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
September 2, 2015, previously published on September 2, 2015In today’s increasingly competitive hospitality market, the closing timeframe of sophisticated hospitality transactions has become a significant point of negotiation between sellers and purchasers. One factor that frequently drives the closing of transactions at properties where alcohol sales...
|New Changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Laws Have Big Impact on Local Businesses|
Christian H. Staples; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
July 3, 2015, previously published on June 26, 2015On June 19, 2015, House Bill 909 (now Session Law 2015-98) was signed into law by Governor Pat McCrory, making considerable changes to North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) laws. The most notable changes concern distillery sales, unfortified wine growler sales, alternating...
|Asset-Light Strategy Issues in the Development Space|
Richard J. Fildes, Mark Heimendinger; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed Professional Association;
June 23, 2015, previously published on June 17, 2015While asset-light strategies have been used for decades in the hotel industry, the strategy and how to implement it are a bit more complicated in the development space, whether for a hotel or time-share company. A typical asset-light approach is to spin off the ownership of the real estate while...
|Conference Attracts Industry-Focused Lawyers And Hospitality Leaders|
Andria Lure Ryan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 22, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015Fisher & 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 aimed at the most pressing legal issues in the hospitality field from...
|Franchise Agreement Transfer Provisions|
Samantha Ahuja, Nelson F. Migdal; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
March 26, 2015, previously published on March 16, 2015The number of hotels, particularly limited service hotels, operating under franchise agreements has exploded in recent years, and this trend is expected to continue in the near term. Franchise agreements, including those in the hospitality industry, are personal contracts for the benefit of the...