Monthly Archives December 2016

California Hotel Workers Defeat Boss Tactics to Win Union

How much do you value your employees? Employers often forget that the primary reason employees unionize is because of the employer’s own bad practices. Allowing employees to work in unsafe conditions, imposing unrealistic workloads on employees, failure to address and resolve employee concerns, general lack of employee respect, and non-competitive pay and benefits can leave your company susceptible to an organizing campaign. A good employee engagement management style is a good way to stay union free. Although President–Elect Trump’s victory in November inspired the workers to move quickly, it is the unrealistic workloads that pushed employees of a Santa Monica beachfront hotel too far.  Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes, reports.

While many union members needed time to recover fr...

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Los Angeles Enacts ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation

Employers with at least 10 employees will be prohibited from asking about job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made. Los Angeles has passed Ban the Box legislation known as, “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring”. The new rule goes into effect on January 22, 2017. Jackson Lewis P. C. and JD Supra outline key elements of the ordinance.

Los Angeles is the latest in a growing list of jurisdictions to adopt an ordinance restricting employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history during the application process. Under the Ordinance, private employers with at least 10 employees will be barred from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional offer of employment has been made.

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Anticipating Trump’s Impact on Labor Relations in the Hotel Industry

With a Trump administration moving into the White House soon, employers will likely see some changes to labor and employment law along with more friendly regulatory agencies. New appointees will be expected to reduce many of the controversial labor and employment regulations that currently hinder businesses. HospitalityLawyer.com, Dana Kravetz, addresses the some notable issues that should remain in the forefront with hotel operators.

Unlike his oval office predecessor, President-elect Donald Trump is expected to limit federal labor and employment agency activism in wage and hour and other employment-related matters...

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1946 Atlanta Hotel Fire Echoed in Oakland Warehouse Disaster

It doesn’t matter how big or small the city or how big or small the hotel, when fire rages through a hotel. Not only is the event terrifying for the guests and employees alike, victims are often haunted for years or even a life time. The Oakland fire is an eminent reminder of the importance of maintaining proper fire codes and prevention standards. ABC News & Jeff Martin, associated press, point out the importance of continuous and evolving standards.

In this Dec. 7, 1946 photo, a woman leaps from an upper story to escape the burning Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta. Seconds later the woman crashed to her death on the hotel marquee...
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Infographic: OSHA’s Top 10 list summarized in one image

OSHA issued more than 35,000 citations in its Top 10 categories alone during fiscal year 2016, which ended September 30. It’s quite obvious that safety and health hazards exist in all workplaces. Most injuries and illnesses can be significantly reduced with simple changes to the workspace, proper training, safe-minded working practices, and proper protective gear. A comprehensive and enforced safety program can be effective in eliminating hazards and reducing the number of injuries and illnesses at your workplace. OHSA, Patrick Kapust, summarizes OSHA’s Top 10 list in the infographic below.

 

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DOL Seeks to Expedite Appeal of Overtime Rule Injunction

As expected, on December 1, the DOL filed its appeal related to the preliminary injunction that put the new overtime rule on hold. The DOL is also seeking a motion for an expedited briefing of its appeal asking that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans issue a ruling on the expedition of the appeal by December  8 and for all briefs in the case to be filed between December 16, 2016 and February 7, 2017. Given the time frame of the rulings, it is unlikely that there will be a final ruling before the new administration arrives January 20, 2017. Ongoing and substantial litigation in the case is likely. SHRM, Allen Smith and Lisa Nagele-Piazza, lay out the details and possible scenarios.

Employers should continue with plans they made after the rule was blocked fr...

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ADA Compliance & Defense Lawyer: ADA Website Accessibility lawsuits escalate

Website accessibility is a developing and complex topic. More than 240 companies, nationwide, have faced lawsuits over website accessibility since the start of 2015. More importantly to note, is the surge of demand letters and lawsuits against public accommodations alleging inaccessible websites.  This issue is not to be taken lightly. Be smart, a proactive approach to website accessibility now will limit your risk of potential litigation down the road. Global Hospitality Group, Martin H. Orlick outlines the important aspects surrounding the issue.  

Hotel Websites and Reservation Systems
Is your website accessible to the blind and vision impaired?

A version of this article was published by the California Bankers Association.

How would you react if you received a letter from a law ...

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