Monthly Archives February 2017

A Glut of Medical Causation Claims

Causation in workers’ compensation cases, for the most part, deals with disability or need for treatment. For workers’ compensation purposes, exacerbation of a prior non-industrial injury is a new injury.  Most notably in Southern California, causation scams are on the rise. Middlemen, typically attorneys and physician teams, are fraudulently recruiting dishonest terminated employees to file the claims. Free money is the biggest motive. The abuse of the workers’ compensation causation standards is forcing premiums higher, draining profits from businesses, and costing honest workers their pay and jobs. Risk & Insurance, Roberto Ceniceros, explains the schemes and gives reason to proactive claims management.

Pinpointing whether a particular injury was work-related challenges phys...

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A Wearable, Mobile Device for Safety on the Job

Improving worker safety is your most important defense against workers’ compensation claims. It makes sense for hotel facilities to consider wearable emergency devices to improve employee safety in the workplace. Potentially dangerous situations, slip and falls to an aggressive  guest confrontations, can either be avoided or alleviated with new built-in fall advisory capabilities or a quick press of a button. The pay-off is worth it! Hotel Business, Corris Little, breaks down some great features and the pay-off.

HERMOSA BEACH, CA—Walkie-talkies might help employees communicate with each other, but they don’t relay location, give distress signals or provide other safety features...

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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): 2 Exceptions to ‘Use-It-or-Lose-It’

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can be an attractive addition to a competitive benefits package. It is a win-win for you as an employer and for your employees. By using pre-tax payroll deductions, employees can fund their FSAs and reduce their taxable income and in turn lessen their tax burden. Employers reduce their portion of the Social Security tax – a reduction of 7.65% of the total employee contributions to the FSA. It is important that employers understand FSA requirements and record keeping regulations. HR Daily Advisor, Jennifer Carsen, summarizes some key points to consider.

Note: This article references content from The Flex Plan Handbook, with thanks to editor Rich Glass of Mercer, LLC.

The unused portion of a participant’s health FSA may not be paid to the participant in...

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EXCLUSIVE: Owners of hotel near JFK ordered to pay more than $65G for gouging customers during 2016 blizzard

While raising rates seasonally or significantly during conventions or a big game is common in the hotel industry, gouging during a disaster can be criminal. Many states have laws in place that protect people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on gas, food, housing and other essential supplies. The cost of litigation can be steep. Understanding and complying with state regulations surrounding the issue is valuable to eliminating risk and to your bottom line. Daily News New York, Adam Edelman, reports  a recent gouging case in New York.

Granite JFK LLC and Crossroad Hospitality Company, which owns and operates the Courtyard by Marriott New York JFK Airport hotel, will have to fork over the cash. (GOOGLE MAPS)

A company that owns a prominent hotel near John F...

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5 disturbing repercussions of irregular deep cleans

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) cites cooking equipment as the leading cause of fires in hotels and motels, accounting for one-half of all hotel fires. Although not all fire risks can be eliminated in a kitchen, they can be significantly reduced by simple measures such as regular cleaning and checking and properly maintaining appliances. In addition to regular daily cleaning, it is equally important to schedule regular deep cleaning of ductwork and ventilation systems by trained and accredited professionals. Hospitality and Catering News explains why regular deep cleaning of ductwork and ventilation systems is business critical.

Everyone knows that hygiene is a vital part of any foodservice business, but aside from daily cleaning, it is enormously important to have regular...

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InterContinental Confirms Breach at 12 Hotels

Hotels have become central hubs for hackers powered by POS malware stealing data and identities.  Hoteliers must wake up to the fact that their POS systems provide quick cash flow and an extremely profitable business for cybercriminals. With the number of different devices connecting to the internet services and networks multiplying the number of endpoints, cyber security is only going to get more difficult. Where there are vulnerabilities in infrastructure, hackers will strike. It’s just a matter of when. The need for anti-fraud monitoring technologies and data monitoring should be an essential piece of your infrastructure security. KrebsonSecurity exposes the latest Hotel breach.

Top of the Mark, San Francisco, one of the bars impacted by the IHG card breach.

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ADA Compliance: What Hotels Need to Know

With the sweeping increase in the number of people owning service animals, hotel personnel need to be familiar with all service animal regulations; ADA, Fair Housing Act, and various state laws. It is not enough to be familiar with the regulations alone. Consistent quality accessible customer service training defining the do’s and don’ts of  ADA communication and highlighting the two permissible questions whether the service animal is engaged in recognition and response should be an essential piece of your employee training program. Hotel Business reminds you of the important points surrounding compliance and minimizing risk.

COMMERCE CITY, CO—Service dogs are working animals, not pets. They are individually trained to perform tasks for a person with disabilities...

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Hotel Cybersecurity: What can happen when hackers strike?

Hotels take responsibility for the security and safety of their guests every day. Data breaches are not the only risk. It is all-too-important  that hoteliers focus on a refined overall Cyber Security Plan encompassing the interconnection of systems; data, door locks, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning and other key structural and physical parts of the hotel, in order to ensure safety throughout their facilities. Bob Braun, JMBM Global Hospitality Group, shares insight into the growing problem of Cyber Security and what you can do to help reduce risk.

Last year, at the Global Hospitality Group’s Meet the Money™ Conference, I participated in a panel on Cybersecurity and we discussed how cybersecurity issues affect the hotel industry...

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