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HTMLHotel Pay Bias Lawsuit Leads to $75,800 Settlement
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014
Extended Stay Hotels agreed to pay $75,800 in settlement of a pay bias lawsuit in which a female employee was paid less than male employees. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) suit, Extended Stay Hotels paid Latoya Weaver less than male guest...

 

HTMLA Successful Jurisdiction Motion by a Foreign Hotel to Stay an Ontario Action: Haufler V. Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, 2013 ONSC 6044
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 13, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014
A Successful Jurisdiction Motion by A Foreign Hotel To Stay An Ontario Action: Haufler V. Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, 2013 ONSC 6044

 

HTMLTop 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers
Bethanie E. Barnes, John A. Mavros; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014
There is much to be learned from 2013. Below are five legal topics that made headlines last year, and should provide valuable guidance for managing labor and employment law issues in 2014.

 

HTMLOntario Introduces Legislation Requiring Food Service Chains to Post Caloric Information
Derek Ronde, Larry M. Weinberg; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014
If it becomes law, the Making Healthier Choices Act will impose new responsibilities on restaurant chains in the province of Ontario. On February 24, 2014, the Ontario government introduced legislation which, if passed, would require food service chains with 20 or more premises in Ontario to...

 

Adobe PDFAn Update for Real Estate Developers and Investors: The New Companies Ordinance - Key Issues for You to Consider
David A. Ellis, Mabel W. M. Leung, Andrew P. B. MacGeoch; Mayer Brown JSM;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 24, 2014
Most real estate developers and investors will own properties or their portfolios through a mixture of Hong Kong companies, BVI companies and perhaps companies incorporated in other jurisdictions. Accordingly, it is important in the administration of your portfolios to take note of the new...

 

HTMLUK Competition Agency Accepts Commitments from Hotel and Online Travel Agents to Eliminate Discount Restrictions
Matt Evans, Marguerite Lavendan; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 2014
The UK's antitrust authority, the Office of Fair Trading ("OFT"), has accepted commitments from hotel company InterContinental and from online travel agents that will remove restrictions on their offering discounts on rates for hotel rooms. The OFT investigation reflects the interest that...

 

HTMLWill Automatic Gratuities at Restaurants Be a Thing of the Past?
Ameneh K. Ernst, Brooke S. Purcell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014
Automatic gratuities for large parties are commonplace in many restaurants, bars, and hotels throughout the country. However, as of January 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now classifies these automatic gratuities as “service charges.” As a result, the automatic tips will be...

 

HTMLFavorable Outcome for Starbucks in Tip Pool Class Action
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently decided that Starbucks baristas must share their tips with shift supervisors who do much of the same work. A group of plaintiffs sued on behalf of a class of more than 5000 baristas, alleging that Starbucks’ policy requiring...

 

HTMLSouth Carolina Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Carnival Cruise Lines
Ronald E. Cardwell; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 23, 2014
On January 22, 2014, the South Carolina Supreme Court granted Carnival Corporation d/b/a Carnival Cruise Lines’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by several citizen groups in Charleston, South Carolina. The Court held the citizen groups lacked standing to assert their nuisance and zoning...

 

HTMLFerreting Out the Frauds: a Virginia Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Users
Alicia Sienne Voltmer; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 28, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014
Social media is widely used in the hospitality industry for everything from promoting sales to recruiting new talent. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, and a number of other sites provide hoteliers and restaurateurs with nearly limitless access to local, national, and international...

 


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