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|Wyoming: Paying Tax to Sleep in Wyoming? Giants of Online Travel Arrangements Lose Tax Case with Significant Implications|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 13, 2014, previously published on May 1, 2014What did Travelocity.com, Priceline.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Orbitz, and Cheaptickets.com all have in common this past month? No, not that they were the websites you consulted when beginning your summer travel plans (although they may have been). The correct answer is they were joint petitioners...
|Hotel Pay Bias Lawsuit Leads to $75,800 Settlement|
Pessin Katz Law P.A.;
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014Extended 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...
|A 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;
March 13, 2014, previously published on March 12, 2014A Successful Jurisdiction Motion by A Foreign Hotel To Stay An Ontario Action: Haufler V. Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, 2013 ONSC 6044
|Ontario Introduces Legislation Requiring Food Service Chains to Post Caloric Information|
Derek Ronde, Larry M. Weinberg; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014If 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...
|Top 5 Legal Trends For Hospitality Employers|
Bethanie E. Barnes, John A. Mavros; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 1, 2014There 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.
|An 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;
February 25, 2014, previously published on February 24, 2014Most 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...
|UK Competition Agency Accepts Commitments from Hotel and Online Travel Agents to Eliminate Discount Restrictions|
Matt Evans, Marguerite Lavendan; Jones Day;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 2014The 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...
|Will Automatic Gratuities at Restaurants Be a Thing of the Past?|
Ameneh K. Ernst, Brooke S. Purcell; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 10, 2014Automatic 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...
|Favorable Outcome for Starbucks in Tip Pool Class Action|
Jennifer A. Shoemaker; Underberg & Kessler LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 21, 2014The 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...
|South Carolina Supreme Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Carnival Cruise Lines|
Ronald E. Cardwell; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 23, 2014On 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...