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GDPR Privacy Rules Will Impact U.S. Hoteliers

The EU’s GDPR brings some serious changes in data privacy to all companies across the world who handle the data of EU consumers. If your company has an online presence, as simple as a website that can be accessed by any person in the world, then you need to be very familiar with compliance mandates surrounding GDPR. “Hotels must explain to guests what data they are capturing, why they are capturing it, and who will have access to it.” From hotels, to booking engines, and revenue management software, the regulations are very explicit and incorporate a trickle-down affect when it comes to liability. Hoteliers across the world need to be prepared! Lodging Magazine, Kate Hughes, outlines some major points of concern for hotels.

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Legal experts outline challenges for hotel industry

Rather than focus entirely on avoiding litigation, hotel employers need to change workplace culture by confronting guest and employee abuses that have plagued the industry for decades. It is not enough to write policies, employers must act consistently to enforce the policies and thoroughly train employees to be alert and mindful of guest and employee behaviors on the property. Follow through is key! Hotel employers will face some compelling issues this year. Hotel News Now, Bryan Wroten, report the challenges legal experts outlined at the recent Hospitality Law Conference in Houston.

Sexual harassment, exploitation and GDPR compliance took center stage during the first day of the Hospitality Law Conference, where legal and hotel industry experts addressed the current state of these i...

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Hackers can turn hotel room cards into untraceable master keys

Having old lock systems in your hotel may be a threat to you and your guests. Researchers found that by combining an inexpensive card reader (easily purchased on the internet), custom software and any hotel room key, a criminal can crack the code to unlock all doors at a particular hotel without a trace of entry into the rooms. If you have an older Vision by Vingcard lock system, check with your company representative to see if you need the patch that will secure your system and your property. Daily News, Terrence Cullen, reports the research and information.

Hotel room cards — even defunct ones — were turned into master keys that gave hackers access to anywhere in a facility, often without leaving a trace, researchers announced Wednesday.

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Cal/OSHA Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard Effective July 1, 2018

Stronger protections and better ergonomics training for hotel housekeeping staff will go into effect July 1, 2018 in California. Designed to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry, the new regulation requires hotel and lodging employers to establish, implement and maintain an effective Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP) for housekeepers. Fisher Phillips, Benjamin Ebbink, explains the rule and it’s requirements employers must include in their programs.

As we reported in January, after nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) approved a standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention...

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9 Ways to Help Boost Hotel Security for Guests and Employees

Criminals view hotel vulnerabilities as opportunities making them a focus of fraud, assault, cybercrime and much more.  The result of this criminal behavior often causes revenue, reputation and guest loyalty loss to the hotel owner. Every hotel owner should ensure guest, employee and property safety by investing in top security and enhancing security programs and training regularly. Mountain Home News, Adam Richards, suggests 9 ways to boost your hotel security.

Hotels are high-traffic places where a lot of money transactions are made. These two things alone make them potential targets for all sorts of nefarious behavior, from vandalism to data theft. If you want to make sure that your hotel, or the hotel you manage, is safe, here are some ways you can boost its security.

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Bed Bug Legal Opinion…What Must a Hotel Do to Protect Itself?

“The cheapest time to deal with bed bugs is before they are discovered by a guest.” Making a commitment to guest protection by enacting preventive pest management protocols such as inspection and protection procedures, will likely reduce your hotel liability. And…remember, if you have taken reasonable precautions, not all bed bug claims need to be settled or paid. Hotel Business, Jeffrey M. Lipman, Attorney, discusses protections hotels can take to alleviate liability.

Few if any states have actual bed bug laws that dictate the specific duties that a hotel must provide its guests to protect them from bed bugs. The lack of legislative enactments in a state’s code, however, should not be misinterpreted as lack of laws...

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EEOC Sues Merritt Hospitality, HEI Hotels And Resorts LLC For Disability Discrimination

The EEOC is settling a variety of discrimination cases at a high price to employers.  From sexual harassment and retaliation to medical disability discrimination, the hotel industry has been hit with suits across the country.  It may be a good time for hoteliers to review their workplace culture along with employee work environments. JD Supra reports a case recently filed by the EEOC. One, hoteliers may want to track.

Company Failed to Provide Ventilated Space for Employee With Asthma, Federal Agency Charges

SAN DIEGO – Merritt Hospitality, LLC and HEI Hotels and Resorts LLC, who together operate the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay, a San Diego hotel that has over 300 guest rooms, violated federal law when they denied a reasonable accommodation to an employee with asthma, the U.S...

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Hoteliers navigate tricky class-action waiver landscape

New roll-backs by the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) suggest the organization is restoring balance between employers and employees by reviewing the legality and enforceability of employee class and collective waivers in arbitration agreements. Although the ruling is still debatable, it is expected to have consequences for employers and employees and may offer guidelines on how to make these agreements more enforceable. Employers should wait for the ruling before making any changes to their agreements. Hotel Management, Elliot Mest, reports the facts surrounding deliberations.

Class-action waivers are a tricky subject if employers want to avoid hampering employee morale, while also covering their tracks.

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California adopts new workplace safety regulation to protect hotel housekeepers

Recent studies show “hotel room designs and decor, not area, determine housekeeper workloads and musculoskeletal demands. Attempts to set production standards or restriction of workloads based solely upon the average size of a hotel room could produce large variations in housekeeper workloads and exposures to MSD risk factors.”

New standard recently passed by Cal/OSHA “requires employers to identify, evaluate, and correct housekeeping related hazards with the involvement of housekeepers and their union representative.” Effective July 1, 2018, hotel employers must develop, apply, and maintain an effective Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP). Advisen Insurance, provides key points that must be included in each policy.

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“Hands Off, Pants On” When Guests Sexually Harass Your Hotel Employees

Initiated in many forms, harassment is a widespread problem for hotel workers across the nation. Ranging from jokes to propositions to assaults, approximately 95% of women working in the hospitality industry have experienced some kind of inappropriate advance from a male guest. While cities across the nation continue to take steps to address the inappropriate behavior, hotels themselves are also urged to take a stance against the abuses by clearly stating anti-harassment policies and providing a number of outlets for reporting an incident. Fisher Phillips attorneys provide key points employers should consider immediately to minimize legal liabilities.

In April 2016 survey of 400 Chicago-area women working at hotels, nearly 50 percent indicated that they have had a guest answer the doo...

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