“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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Get vendor agreement in writing before the worst happens

The power of a vendor or contractor agreement lies in the details it contains and the protections you require. Pay particular attention to insurance provisions by all parties involved in the service provided. Vendors, third-party vendors, contractors and sub-contractors should all be subject to the same risk management, security, privacy, and other policies that would be expected if the hotel were conducting the activities in-house. Hotel Management, Jack Garson, points out key areas hoteliers should consider.

When the delivery truck crashes into your hotel lobby, who pays for the new wall? If the truck hits your guests, who covers the medical bills? What does your delivery agreement say? What agreement? It matters.

Today, hotels are so focused on revenues and profits from guests an...

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Drury Plaza Hotel in Pittsburgh facing lawsuit from allegedly injured contractor

When it comes to worksite safety, contractors, design professionals and project owners all have different roles and responsibilities. At the same time, responsibility and liability can arise from other circumstances such as statutory and common law, contract terms and conditions, and actions by parties in the project field. The key to the project owner minimizing risks from injured construction workers is to successfully delegate the worksite safety responsibility to the contractor in the language of the contract, and never assert control over the means, methods and procedures of the contractor’s work during the project. Keep in mind that merely retaining the right to stop, inspect or approve work is generally not enough to create owner liability...

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Opportunistic lawyers have been lining their pockets and taking advantage of business owners for decades with “drive-by” abusive ADA litigation. With the passing of The ADA Education and Reform ACT (H.R. 620), business owners will have 60 days to devise a plan to fix the issue, and another 120 days to implement the changes. Newsweek, Carlos Ballesteros reports.

In a 225-192 vote Thursday, most House Republicans and a dozen Democrats passed a bill that makes it harder for disabled persons to sue for discrimination, in an effort to prevent opportunistic attorneys from taking advantage of business owners.

But many disability and civil rights groups fear the bill will weaken incentives for businesses to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which mandates e...

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Take a Stand Against Workplace Injuries

Two hours of standing on the job isn’t likely to have harmful health effects on the body, but longer periods of standing may create long-term health risks such as blood pooling in the legs, chronic back pain, musculoskeletal disorders, and elevated risk of heart disease. Recent studies suggest that employers should focus on reducing prolonged periods of standing at work and provide more flexible work environments. It would be wise for employers to consider a mix of sitting and standing for their employees. State Comp Safety News recommends additional adjustments employers can make to help reduce risk.

Newton’s third law states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...

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Short Breaks, Stretching, and Moving Around Help Avoid Ergonomic Injuries

It’s no secret that ergonomic injuries at work are a widespread multi-billion dollar problem across all industries and in all states. With proper training, management support and clear processes in place, employers can systematically identify and manage ergonomic risk factors and apply solutions to reduce physical problems and increase an employee’s ability to work more efficiently.  Ergonomic claims will remain a high-priced issue for businesses that choose to ignore it. State Fund Safety News, provides inexpensive solutions to common ergonomic issues – a guide every employer should read.

Did You Know?

Ergonomic injuries account for 37 percent of all workplace injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most of them attributed to overexertion...

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No industry or company is immune from the recent flood of sexual harassment claims. In fact, the insurance industry is expecting an influx of EPLI (Employment Practices Liability Insurance) claims in the entertainment, media, hospitality and other industries. Companies need to set clear policies and standards addressing behavior in the workplace then live by them.  Fischer & Phillips, Jennifer Sandberg & Joseph Shelton, lay out a 5-Step Plan to address growing sexual harassment concerns.

For several months now, it seems that each new day has brought about a fresh round of reporting on yet another high-profile sexual harassment accusation...

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A boy was poisoned at a hotel and died. Now his family has reached a high-priced settlement.

The cost of installing lithium operated carbon monoxide detectors in guest rooms is entirely feasible and completely sensible for hotels. The price is minuscule when compared to this high-priced settlement and most importantly, its an inconsiderable price to pay for human life!

An Observer investigation reveals a series of errors and decisions made by hotel management, town employees, and the medical examiner contributed to the death of 11 year old boy and left his mother with serious injuries from carbon monoxide poisoning leaking from the hotel swimming pool heating system. Advisen Insurance reports the event.


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Reminder: Post 300A injury, illness summary by February 1

February 1 is upon us! Employers required to post a 300A, must do so whether or not you had any injuries in the past year. It is required that the 300A is signed by an executive of the company before it is posted and that it is posted in an accessible location where employees can easily see it. Theh 300A must remain posted through April 30.

Employers required to electronically submit their 300A, must also fulfill the posting requirements from February 1 through April 30.  

Safety.BLR.com establishes the requirements.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping rule, employers that are required to keep and maintain an OSHA injury and illness 300 log must post their 300A annual summary in each establishment where employee notices are normally posted ...

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Ferrari owner claims hotel valet gave keys to his $300G car to wrong man

Levi Miles told the valet at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club that the $300,00 yellow Ferrari 458 Italia Spider was his and demanded the keys. He proceeded to tell the valet that his ticket was in the car and he would bring it to him – he never returned.

The true owner of the vehicle, 73 year-old Attorney James “Skip” Fowler who was attending a Lawyer’s convention at the resort at the time is now suing Marriott International and the valet, 717 Parking Enterprises, for negligence and gross negligence. Fox News, Nicole Darrah reports.

The owner of a $300,000 Ferrari has filed a lawsuit after a valet at a Florida resort reportedly gave the keys to someone who was trying to impress a woman.

James “Skip” Fowler, 73, parked his car — a yellow 2014 Ferrari 458 ...

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