Monthly Archives January 2017

Sex Trafficking Victim Sues Backpage.com, Choice Hotels

Human Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry.  Traffickers have been able to secure their profits with little risk while operating in hotels and motels. It is essential that hotel operators understand the central role they play in responding to and preventing the trafficking. The need for a complete Anti-Trafficking Policy amid training staff on what to look for and how to respond has never been greater than it is today, in order to eliminate risk. JD Journal, Teresa Lo, sites a human trafficking case recently filed against Choice Hotels and Veda LLC.

Summary: A former teen prostitute is seeking a jury trial against her pimp, Backpage.com, and Choice Hotels for profiting from human trafficking.

A sex trafficking victim is suing her convicted perpetrator, the website that adve...

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EEOC Releases Guidance on Mental Health Conditions

Beware and be ready! As stated in the EEOC’s (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) statement, charges of discrimination based on mental health conditions are on the rise. The agency resolved almost 5,000 charges and recovered roughly $20 million for workers during fiscal year 2016. HR Daily Advisor, Joan Farrell, shares the EEOC’s Guidance on Mental Health Conditions below.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released informal guidance for advising employees of their legal rights in the workplace with regard to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions...

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Richard Marx Won’t Be Right Here Waiting To Save You From Workplace Intruders: Lessons To Make Sure Your Workers Are Prepared

There are over two million workplace violence incidents reported every year. Although no one expects to become a victim of workplace violence, knowing how to respond and survive an incident may be a matter of life or death today. Every employer should assume it will happen in their workplace. Now is the time to take action to ensure employees are trained and prepared and guests remain safe. FisherPhillips.com, Travis Vance, outlines three major areas every employer should continuously review and address in order to be prepared.

Before last week, late 1980s pop singer Richard Marx had not made news headlines since, well, the late 1980s. Over 20 years ago, Marx was very well known for his smooth tenor vocals and flowing mane of hair...

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Hoteliers face new HR challenges in 2017

The uncertainty of the overtime exemption rule, minimum wage increases, and the repeal and replacement of the ACA (Affordable Care Act); the list goes on.  Employers are sure to meet challenges with apprehensive employees in 2017. Hotel News Now, Brian Wroten, inspires HR personnel to stay ahead of the issues and focus on relieving tension in the workplace.

While other labor issues might be at the forefront of hoteliers’ minds heading into 2017, the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act, political tension in the workplace, low unemployment and other human resources challenges should also be on their radar.

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

The recent advancement of “medical marijuana” legislation has created some uncertainty for employers. Many employers are unsure if they can fully enforce drug-free policies. Employers in states allowing the use of medical marijuana should educate themselves with their state statues to determine if their state requires that accommodations be made for employees who take medical marijuana. JD Supra and Laurie Weinstein/Akerman LLP explain some facts to know.

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana. Currently, 28 states* and Washington, D.C...

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Did Minimum Wage Increase in My State?

New minimum wage increases are now in effect in nineteen states across the nation. Three more states will see increases later this year. The changes are the first of a series of increases taking place through 2022. Within some states, a number of cities have their own minimum wages and in some cities multiple minimum wages within their city that are higher than both federal and state wage requirements. Employers must be mindful of federal, state, and local wage demands. The National Law Review outlines the recent increases by state.

With the New Year, minimum wage increases have taken effect in nineteen states. Two of these states, Massachusetts and Washington, now require employers to pay $3.75 more per hour than the federal minimum wage of $7...

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Card Fraud Opportunities Abound in the Hospitality Industry

The hotel industry relies on ID and credit cards to keep their industry moving. As hoteliers continue to be more focused on exterior safety and security rather than on interior controls and monitoring, hackers keep on hacking, and breaches keep on happening. Major corporations are routinely and successfully being compromised; falling for phishing attacks, not locking down sensitive data internally, and giving users too much access. Security defense must be a balance of both external and internal focus today! Optimizing the company’s information security defenses is an obvious first step; two factor authentication every time you login from the outside, more complex passwords, and more frequent password changes are both economical and beneficial measures you can implement quickly...

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Where does hotel industry joint employment liability end?

The NLRB’s (National Labor Relations Board) interpretation of “joint employer” in August of 2015 affects all companies that outsource any function of their business. This includes contractors, suppliers, or even outsourced cleaning and IT work. A company may not only be held liable for its own labor violations, but also for those of the other entity.  Hotel Management reviews the NLRB’s new standard.

The NLRB’s (National Labor Relations Board) interpretation of “joint employer” in August of 2015 affects all companies that outsource any function of their business. This includes contractors, suppliers, or even outsourced cleaning and IT work. A company may not only be held liable for its own labor violations, but also for those of the other entity...

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