Monthly Archives September 2015

FMLA and ADA interplay part III: Eligibility

Employee leave policies are a vital part of legal compliance, and are more times than not confusing and complicated for employers to manage. Many times a seriously ill or injured employee is covered by both FMLA and ADA policies. BLR outlines important details employers should know about ADA and FMLA leave policies and how they apply to employees.

Both the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) offten apply to employees who are seriously ill or injured. When this happens, employers may be required to grant leave and to accommodate the employee under both the FMLA and the ADA.

Employee eligibility under the ADA

The ADA uses the term ‘qualified individual’ to designate an eligible employee under the law...

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FMLA and ADA interplay part II: Covered employers

Although covered employers under ADA and FMLA are similar, there are specific definitions for each. It’s important that employers know their rights and responsibilities for both. BLR highlights the employer criteria for ADA and FMLA.

Employers face a challenge when it comes to overlapping issues involving intersecting leave laws. The line separating employee Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights and their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) isn’t always clear. Employer rights and obligations can also get murky. It’s imperative that employers know how to determine which laws apply—and which takes precedence over the other when they both do.

This article series highlights the similarities and differences between the FMLA and the ADA...

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FMLA and ADA interplay part I: Basic statutory obligations

It is not hard to get lost in the crossroads of ADA and FMLA, not to mention the confusion when workers’ compensation enters the equation. BLR outlines some significant employer obligations for FMLA and ADA and compares the statues.

Both the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) often apply to employees who are seriously ill or injured. When this happens, employers may be required to grant leave and to accommodate the employee under both the FMLA and the ADA.

Although the legal requirements of the FMLA and the ADA are similar in some regards, at times an employer may find that the requirements of one law contradict the other, and the employer cannot comply with both laws...
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Early adopters keen on keyless entry

With the tap of a mobile app, guests are able to bypass the front desk check-in altogether. Although mobile key entry is not currently common practice, it is widely accepted by travelers and catching on quickly in the hotel industry. More and more companies are considering adopting mobile key entry. Hotel News Now, Sean McCracken, outlines the key points behind mobile key entry.

Hoteliers who have been early adopters of using smartphones in place of room keys say the process of adopting the new technology has gone well so far.

GLOBAL REPORT—Guests walking into your hotel don’t want to immediately stand in line or worry about losing a keycard. They want to know they can quickly and easily walk into their room as long as they’re paying to stay there, sources said.

Nixing those few...

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Jury in Prince George’s County awards woman $100,000 in bedbug case

They are crafty pests, and in order to access their favorite food supply of human blood, bed bugs feed at night striking while their victims are fast asleep. Hidden in inconspicuous places during the day, the bloodthirsty creatures often go undetected for days, weeks, even months moving around hotel rooms freely and spreading the infestation quickly. Undetected bed bugs can bring you a high price tag to pay. Dana Hedgpeth uncovers how high that price tag might be.

A jury awarded a six-figure settlement to a woman who filed a lawsuit against hotel giant Red Roof Inn after she said she suffered injuries from bedbugs at one of their properties in Prince George’s County.

Stacey Belle, of Winston Salem, N.C...

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The incredible shrinking hotel room

Smaller hotel rooms – larger common areas; some hotels are reducing the size of their rooms immensely instead putting the emphasis on multiple and larger common areas.  Appealing to the millennials as well as the frequent business traveler, “micro-hotels” have become the latest trend in the hospitality industry.  With custom built furniture along with slick and stylish design, the hotel rooms come with all the luxury of an upscale hotel yet have an economical price point. USA Today, Nancy Trejos, gives the inside details.

Hotels are thinking big by going as small as they can.

Independent hoteliers to big-name brands like Marriott are getting into the “micro-hotel” trend...

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Larry Ellison group buys hotel in downtown Palo Alto

Wow! For a mere $71.6 million and a record setting insane price of just under $1 million per room,  PA Hotel Holdings, backed by Silicon Valley giant, Larry Ellison recently closed a real estate deal for the  Epiphany Hotel, a boutique hotel in downtown Palo Alto. San Jose Mercury News, George Avalos, covers the story.

A group controlled by software tycoon Larry Ellison has paid the equivalent of nearly $1 million per room for a boutique hotel in downtown Palo Alto.

PA Hotel Holdings paid $71.6 million for the 86-room Epiphany Hotel, according to Santa Clara County public records. That purchase was for the hotel structure and a ground lease, a transaction that experts say underscores the white-hot job market in Silicon Valley.

The deal was first reported in the Silicon Valley Busine...

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Hotel bandwidth issues grow with guest demand

Travelers today expect quality WiFi in every hotel! The quality of the internet influences their overall experience and satisfaction at your property as well as the overall hotel review rating and their desire to return in the future. With many guests watching Netflix & Hulu, making Skype video calls, and using multiple peer casting features, today, hotel WiFi should provide a high quality browsing experience on all consumer devices. Hotel News Now, Sean McCracken, shares the optimum solution for South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas.

The prevalence of online streaming services such as Netflix is driving demand for higher Internet speeds in hotels.

GLOBAL REPORT—When consumers talk about with hotel Wi-Fi, the experiences they share are rarely positive ones.

Hoteliers face many obstac...

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FTC vs. Wyndham worldwide – what it means for hotel owners

Data security breaches and hacking of confidential data are very real threats felt by nearly every industry throughout the world. If cybersecurity has not been a priority in the past, it’s time to get serious about it in order to ensure your procedures and policies don’t land you a litigation case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Lexology, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP, suggests what the recent FTC vs. Wyndham worldwide decision means for hotel owners.

Background on the case

On August 24, 2015, the Third Circuit United States Court of Appeals issued its ruling in the case <i>FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation</i>...

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What Type of Insurance Broker Do You Have?

by David DeMoss

David_DeMoss 001Much like insurance policies themselves, the brokers who sell them can be as different as night and day. The daunting task of selecting the right insurance policy is difficult enough for most hoteliers, and when you add the various quirks of brokers themselves into the mix, it can be quite overwhelming.

Insurance touches just about everything a business is involved in, (operations, contracts, finances, employees, etc.) so you’ll want a broker that understands the importance and responsibility that comes with their position. A good broker does much more than deliver a policy once a year.

First of all, it’s important to be aware that an insurance broker can fall into several classifications: the new guy, the low price leader, the networker, the coverage expert, the industry...

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