Monthly Archives July 2015

California: It’s the Golden State … for Paid Sick Leave Mistakes!

By now, all California employers should be aware of the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act (HWHFA) of 2014 that went into effect July 1, 2015. With no small employer carve out, the act applies to private and public employers regardless of size. Although many employers are mindful of the act, there still remains some confusion regarding the policy and compliance amongst employers. Need some help?  HR Daily Advisors, Justin Scace, lays out the facts.

Wooden Mile signpost to California

Welcome to the Republic of California,” says Allison West, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, “Or, as some like to say, the People’s Republic of California...

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A cheat sheet to drive direct business

Drive Profitable Direct Bookings! OTAs are becoming increasingly aggressive in drawing business away from their “hotel partners.” Don’t expect the opposition to lighten up any time soon. It is more likely to escalate. Under the circumstances, there has never been a better time for hotels to commit to driving far more direct bookings. By creating captivating and powerful web content that is valued by potential guests, hotels have the opportunity to capture site visitors and get them to book direct. Hotel News Now, Tim Peter, walks through key points that can help shift share away from OTAs and drive more direct business to your hotel.

web design

You still have time to make 2015 a great year for direct booking growth. Follow these six tips to help get you there.

We’re halfway through 2015—...

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Married couple claims negligence in accident at hotel

ANY liability is a large liability! Every exposure is cause for alarm and immediate response. Something as simple as a loose skimmer cover on a pool deck has the potential to cause a wide variety of injuries not to mention the large impact it is likely to have on your business. A business owner can be considered negligent when they knew or should have known of a hazard and either failed to repair it or failed to provide proper warning about the hazard. Pennsylvania Record, Kasey Schefflin-Emrich, reports a case of exposure that quickly became an unpleasant and substantial liability.

Pool incident

PHILADELPHIA – A Wallingford woman and her husband are suing a hotel, alleging she suffered serious injuries after falling near the pool.

Catherine Gardner and Kurt Gardner filed a lawsuit June 15 in the...

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Overtime rule could hurt US hotel employees

More generous overtime protections will mean higher payroll costs.! The New Overtime rule from the U. S. Labor Department would more than double the threshold at which employers can avoid paying overtime and require employers to reclassify millions of salaried workers to hourly. The rule is likely to have unexpected consequences on the hotel industry. Hotel News Now, Patrick Mayock, indicates the key points governing the policy.

New Overtime Rule

REPORT FROM THE U.S.—A proposed rule that aims to enhance compensation for 5 million American workers could have the opposite effect in the hotel industry, according to sources.

In in 29 June blog post on the Huffington Post, President Barack Obama outlined plans to extend overtime protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act to salaried “white collar” ...

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Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision Should Prompt Employers’ Review of All Employment Policies

In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, Employers, particularly in states that previously denied same-sex couples the right to marry, should be diligent in reviewing their benefit programs, handbooks, and employment practices to ensure they treat all married couples equally. WilsonElser, Angela MZ. Duerden and Dean A Rocco emphasize the principal points to consider.

Supreme Court Employer Practices

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. … Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves...

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