Monthly Archives February 2015

Update: Final FMLA rule changes definition of spouse

Work – Life – Balance. The final FMLA ruling regarding the definition of spouse has been published. BLR, Susan Schoenfeld, highlights the changes to the rule and how it effects both employers and employees.

Today the United States Department of Labor published a final rule in the Federal Register, revising the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).

The final rule changes the FMLA’s “state of residence” rule to a “place of celebration” rule for the definition of spouse under the FMLA regulations. Under the “place of celebration” rule, employers must look to the law of the state in which the employee’s marriage was entered into, as opposed to the law of the state in which the employee resides...
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WAKEUP CALL Highlighted in Hotel Business Magazine


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7 Critical Consequences Of Failing PCI Compliance

Although taking data security beyond PCI Compliance may seem unfeasible and out of reach, the financial consequences of a breach or hack far exceed the cost of  exceptional security measures. ForbesBrand Voice, Jeremy Lacy, points out key consequences of failing PCI Compliance.

Ignorance can be quite blissful. For instance, I had never really considered how credit card fraud could affect me. Not until I received a call from my credit card company.

The credit card representative asked if I had visited Los Angeles and San Diego in the last 10 days (I live in Texas). When I told the rep that no, I indeed had not been in California, my perspective on credit card fraud changed forever...

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The Venetian Has a Good Reminder About Credit Card Safety in Their Rooms

Whether you’re traveling, earning mileage points, or using it for pure convenience, credit cards seem to be the primary means of payment today. Here is a great reminder about credit card safety from HotelChatter and The Venetian.

There are plenty of ways to lose your money in Vegas but over the phone in your hotel room should not be one of them.

Here’s a helpful card on “Phone Security Tips” that we spied in the guest room at The Venetian the other weekend. The note tells guests to be cautious when giving their credit card info over the phone as well as to keep all cards and receipts out of sight from prying prostitutes eyes.

Lastly, and most reassuringly, the card tells guests that “No one from the hotel will ever call your suite and ask for your credit card information over the pho...

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PCI Compliance: How To Be Fine, Not Fined

With the frequency of hacking and data breaches, does the thought of PCI Compliance make you squirm or maybe a little bit uneasy at times? A must read article from Forbes Brand Voice, Jeremy Lacy, that just might help put your mind to rest.

If you’re in a medium to large firm, you may be concerned about all the hacks and security breaches that have been plastered across the press in recent months. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point your CEO or Risk Manager called a meeting to put the spotlight on Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance: “Are we compliant? Are we secure? Are we going to get fined? Are we next in line for a bad headline?”

I work with PCI compliance every day and I am very, very tired of the “scare tactics” used by the press...

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Six Key Payment Trends for 2015

Major shifts in the hospitality industry are coming in 2015 as the payment industry continues to heat up. Discover six key payment trends hospitality executives need to explore NOW! Shared with us from Ingenico and Hospitality Technology.

From security strategies to mobile payment, the payment space is poised for major changes in the year ahead. With huge disruptions in the payment space including EMV and the debut of Apple Pa, 2014 was a watershed year for payments technology. Ingenico summarizes six key payments trends that hospitality tech executives need to know about in 2015.

EMV. EMV stands for Europay MasterCard Visa, the three card brands that originated this standard in Europe many years ago...

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Patent Assertion Entities Target California Hospitality Industry

The Patent Trolls are back and hitting the Hospitality Industry hard in California and what they view as their deep pockets. Learn what you need to know and the risks by reading this short informative article written by Michelman & Robinson, LLP  enabling you can protect your property.

Patent assertion entities are companies that seek to enforce patent rights against accused infringers in an attempt to collect licensing fees. They focus on aggressive litigation tactics, often threatening to sue hundreds, even thousands, of companies. It seems that the patent troll, HawkTech’s, attention has recently turned to the hospitality industry in California...

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WAKEUP CALL Streamlines Risk Management and Staff Training Protocol for StaySD Hotel Management Properties

San Diego-based hotel management group benefits from remote access to detailed training modules, professional legal advice and effortless document retrieval and storage.

San Diego, CA – February 2, 2015 –WAKEUP CALL, the first online risk management solution designed specifically for the hotel industry, has been implemented by StaySD Hotel Management, for their four California hotel properties, maximizing the efficiency of risk management procedures and staff skill enhancement, while providing the ability to access and share vital documents between sister properties...

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Remember to post your OSHA 300A by February 1 (Quiz)

Have you posted the OSHA 300A annual summary of 2014 work related injuries and illnesses? If you are a covered employer and haven’t already posted your OSHA 300A annual summary, it is time to post it, NOW. Here is a quick quiz from BLR to see how well you know the OSHA recordkeeping requirements.

We want to remind all covered employers to post the OSHA 300A annual summary of 2014 work-related injuries and illnesses by Sunday February 1, 2015. The summary must be posted in a conspicuous place where employee notices are posted.

With the 300 posting date here, let’s see just how well you know the OSHA recordkeeping requirements.


Question #1

In what day can employers take down the OSHA 300A annual summary of injuries and illnesses for the 2014 calendar year?

a.  February 1

b.  April 30


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