Monthly Archives March 2015

What is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act?

Despite Title VII’s passage half a century ago, gender and race discrimination in the workplace is still a serious problem.  HR Daily Advisor, Bridget Miller, gives us the opportunity to review this essential component of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Don’t leave compliance to chance, continue to read below.

We hear a lot about civil rights and nondiscrimination, and most HR professionals have at least a basic knowledge of employee nondiscrimination rights. But when it comes right down to it, what exactly is in Title VII? It’s probably the most commonly referenced law relating to nondiscrimination in the workplace, so it’s important to be familiar with it.

To Whom Does Title VII Apply? Title VII is one component of the Civil Rights Act of 1964...

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How NLRB Rulings Will Impact the Lodging Industry

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Ambush election rule will become effective on April 14, 2015. This rule implements significant changes to union elections. Have no doubt, the primary purpose for this sudden manipulation of the election process is to prevent employers from expressing their perspective on unionizing and to stop employees from getting balanced information about unions.  Read on to review and understand the ruling, brought to us from Lodging Magazine, Brian Crawford.

In recent months, a non-elected, bureaucratic body has lead an aggressive campaign to fundamentally change the dynamic between business and labor—a relationship that has been highly effective and crucial to the long-term foundation of our economy...

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Big Vulnerability in Hotel Wi-Fi Router Puts Guests at Risk

Is your hotel WiFi router putting your establishment and your guests at risk? Hotel hackers have actively been pursuing hotel WiFi routers along with connected devices for years now. Wired, Kim Zetter, walks through those who may be affected and the vulnerability in the systems.

GUESTS AT HUNDREDS of hotels around the world are susceptible to serious hacks because of routers that many hotel chains depend on for their Wi-Fi networks. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in the systems, which would allow an attacker to distribute malware to guests, monitor and record data sent over the network, and even possibly gain access to the hotel’s reservation and keycard systems.

The security hole involves an authentication vulnerability in the firmware of several models of InnGate routers ...

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Humanizing Workers Comp Claims

Quick and accurate incident reporting is key to reducing workers compensation claims and costs! Just as important, is an employer’s involvement with the claims. Employer action can mean the difference between success and failure. Risk Management’s, Rebecca Shafer and Michael Stack, verse us on how a personal touch with a little compassion may help bring down your claims and your costs.

In workers compensation, we often look at things from the business perspective: “How can I save money and time?” This approach usually results in doing the right thing for our employees, but sometimes claims need a human touch...

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Yikes! Ransomware Could Take Over Your Hard Drive

TeslaCrypt, an aggressive new ransomware, is targeting windows users everywhere. Ransomware locks you out of your computer or your files, then demands money to let you back in. Hospitality Law, Converge, outlines how it operates, the risks associated with it, and how to protect yourself.

Once data is held for ransom, there’s no guaranteed way to reclaim it — not even payment. Ransomware’s victims typically are those with the least protection. To avoid becoming a target, install strong security tools on your computer and mobile devices, back up data to a reliable cloud service, keep passwords in a secure location, and exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments.

Malware is running rampant on the Internet, affecting smartphones, tablets and personal computers...

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Can an Employer Ask to See an Employee’s Social Media Account?

Beware! Screening and monitoring employee and potential employee social media accounts may be infringing on individual privacy rights. BLR, Bridget Miller, steps through employer interest in employee social media and the potential risk it can create.

Why might an employer want to see an employee’s social media profiles? There are several reasons, but most boil down to a few things: safety, cultural fit, and adherence to workplace rules. Let’s take a look at each of these and how they relate to employee social media accounts.

What Might Trigger an Employer to Ask About Social Media?

Employers have a duty to keep their employees safe, and most take that responsibility seriously. Typically, this involves both physical safety measures and background checks on employees...

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Data theft: The greatest liability concern facing hotels today

“If only I had,” has become a common phrase following a cyber attack or breach. Don’t allow yourself to fall into this position. Take steps to protect you data now! Data theft is costly, and the greatest liability concern facing hotels today. In the article below, Hotel Management, Elliot Mest, writes about common mistakes associated with hacks and breaches as well as a means to protect your data.

Some of the greatest liability concerns hotels face today are digital in nature. Cyber attacks, and especially breaches of credit-card information, topped headlines in 2014.

Nicholas Economidis, underwriter at specialist insurance provider the Beazley Group, said the biggest mistake hotels can make regarding guest credit theft is thinking, “This cannot happen to me...

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Five tips to address hotel liability concerns

Hotels are no strangers to liability risks. Management and employees alike should be trained to continually look for exposures throughout the property and take steps to either eliminate the risk or inform management. Hotel Management, Elliot Mest, shares some common areas hotels can make simple improvements limiting their exposures.

Guest comfort and guest safety go hand in hand, but liability concerns exist in every hotel property. Here are five tips to keep hotels working efficiently and keeping both guests and the property safe.

1. Safety meetings should be held regularly to refresh memories and make guest and employee safety a habit. Harry Gorstayn, GM at the Radisson Blu Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn., said hotels should set parameters so they know what to expect...

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Accident prevention and liability awareness

A hotel’s exposure to costly liability claims is controllable! Proper risk management will help you improve and manage potential liabilities. Hotel Management, Elliot Mest, gives us a glimpse into some common areas of exposure hotel’s face daily.

Like any business, hotels must be aware of liability. The most common type of liability they face is in the form of slips and falls, which can be combated through the use of signs in problem areas (near ice machines and pools, for example), while liability over the safety of guests’ personal property comes in a close second.

Adam Docks, a partner at international law firm Perkins Coie, in Chicago, said that falls are a constant concern for hotels, and he added that hotels have many liabilities that have been around for some time and are beco...

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Who’s the boss? More states partner with DOL to fight independent contractor misclassification

With a large portion of the 2015 Department of Labor (DOL) budget designated to combat the misclassification of employees, and independent contractors sitting at the top of the list, employers would be wise to review their employment relationships. BLR summarizes the issue in this article.

Employee or Independent Contractor? More states fighting misclassification

Florida and Wisconsin employers who utilize the services of an independent contractor should take heed. They have become the 19th and 20th states to sign joint cooperation and enforcement agreements with the United States Department of Labor (DOL).

Indeed, both states have signed memorandums of understanding with the DOL where they agree to cooperate with the agency in their enforcement actions to catch and deter the misclassification of employees as independent contractors...
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