Monthly Archives March 2017

American Express, Mastercard, Visa fine Rosen Hotels in data breach, lawsuit says

Everyone is a potential target to a cyberattack! We hear and read about cyber security every day. In fact, we hear and read about it so much that it has become a nuisance in our daily lives. The hospitality industry accounted for the second largest share of data breaches among all others last year. Since we all do business through the internet, we must protect ourselves from those who want to harm us and steal from us. Not every policy refunds losses from cyberattack loss. Cyber insurance can be a very small investment to secure your business when compared to the cost of a breach. Orlando Sentinel breaks down costs associated with a data breach at Rosen Hotel & Resorts last year – fees that could ultimately affect your hotel company in the event of an attack.

A data breach at Rosen ...

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A New Face at Military Reunions

For years, dogs have played an extremely important role in helping people with disabilities lead more independent and fuller lives. A “service dog” is a Wish come true for its partner. These animals and their handlers are truly partners that have a unique bond. Unfortunately, many business operators don’t know or understand exactly what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulates. RFN Magazine provides key points and understanding to business owners below.

There is a new face attending military reunions. They don’t share stories or stay up late. They are the silent “plus one” if you will. They go where their partner goes, always watching, always working. They are service animals and they play a large role in the lives of many in the veteran community.

Anthony Anderson ret...

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2016 Recap: A Busy Year for Employment Law

2017 brought several new laws that affect employers and businesses in California. California employers need to makes sure their HR professionals, hiring managers, and supervisors understand the changes affecting them and stay mindful of the legislation and their respective effective dates. In addition to statewide legislation, local ordinances continue to multiply. Numerous cities have enacted their own minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. Employers should review their policies and practices to ensure compliance and limit potential exposure. JD Supra Business Advisor, Kelly Scott, provides the 2017 highlights.

In case you missed it, 2016 was a banner year for the California Legislature in enacting new employment laws.  Here are the highlights:

  1. AB 2337 Requires Wri...
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Hugging Can Create a Hostile Work Environment, Ninth Circuit Rules—Are Your Employees Aware?

Even hugging can create a hostile work environment . . . if it is “unwelcome and pervasive.” Today a simple greeting with a hug in the workplace may be deemed sexual harassment if it is unwelcomed by the receiver. Not any hug or kiss in the workplace automatically leads to liability. At the same time, employees must be mindful of others and use common sense with their actions. Employers train your employees regularly on socially acceptable behavior in the workplace and consult with legal counsel to determine your workplace practices for social behavior. Dorsey Publications shares the litigation, circumstances, and insights behind the ruling.

“He’s just the hugging type”—we have all heard one time or another in the workplace...

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US authorities target hotels and motels in fight against sex trafficking

“Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery.” A lucrative business that creates billions of dollars in profits a year. Traffickers are profiting on the lack of awareness surrounding the issue within the hotel industry, and victims are being exploited in hotels every day. Recognizing that human trafficking remains a serious issue for the global hospitality industry and that no hotel is exempt from the problem is critical to putting an end to the exploitation of children and adults.  Help yourselves and the victims by making it your duty to train staff on what to look for and how to respond, and establish safe reliable reporting procedures. Fox News U.S., Christina Corbin, brings awareness to the facts and details surrounding the issue.

To the thousands of motorists drivin...

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ADA lawsuits continue to hammer Calif. shops and restaurants

Americans are a litigious society, and the lawsuits are not going to stop. In an effort to “make things more fair for the disabled,” serial litigants are filing multiple ADA accessibility suits against business owners and operators in the Modesto region and beyond. “There is too much money to be made,” from suing, said Sacramento attorney Rick Morin. Business owners, get your properties in compliance with the ADA standards. Advisen, reports the facts.

March 04–The art of mass producing disability-access lawsuits in the Modesto area and beyond continues to thrive despite multiple media reports and legislative reform stretching for more than two years.

Reasons? Proposed laws didn’t have enough teeth. Many owners still have not made their businesses wheelchair-friendly...

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Trump’s DOL Will Address Overtime Rule by May 1

Only time will tell if the new overtime rule will, in fact, go into effect. In a recent court hearing, arguments presented by the DOL (Department of Labor), prompted the federal court of appeals to grant an additional 60-day extension. The appeal challenging the legitimacy of the federal overtime rule will not be heard until May 1, 2017. In the meantime, the old standard remains. HR Daily Advisor, Kate McGovern Tornone, briefly outlines the case.

The federal government has been granted more time to figure out what to do about overtime regulations that remain in judicial limbo. A federal appeals court on February 22 granted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) its second extension in the proceedings, giving it until May 1 to take a position.

States and business groups challenged the rule...

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The I-9: How Much Trouble Can One Piece Of Paper Cause?

Employers cannot afford to delay getting Form I-9 filed. Enforcement of compliance is expected to intensify in the coming years. Businesses of all sizes and in all industries across the nation are in danger of facing hefty fines and penalties, due to noncompliance of the federal Form I-9 mandates. Each form must be filed timely and without error.  The largest single I-9 related penalty to date was levied in 2013 against Infosys, a global IT services company. The ICE audit uncovered a variety of violations and resulted in a total fine of $34 million. JD Supra Business Advisor/Fisher Phillips guide employers.

No new hire has ever been accused of enjoying the time spent filling out the myriad forms they must execute at the outset of their employment...

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