Category Special Interest

Drury Plaza Hotel in Pittsburgh facing lawsuit from allegedly injured contractor

When it comes to worksite safety, contractors, design professionals and project owners all have different roles and responsibilities. At the same time, responsibility and liability can arise from other circumstances such as statutory and common law, contract terms and conditions, and actions by parties in the project field. The key to the project owner minimizing risks from injured construction workers is to successfully delegate the worksite safety responsibility to the contractor in the language of the contract, and never assert control over the means, methods and procedures of the contractor’s work during the project. Keep in mind that merely retaining the right to stop, inspect or approve work is generally not enough to create owner liability...

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Opportunistic lawyers have been lining their pockets and taking advantage of business owners for decades with “drive-by” abusive ADA litigation. With the passing of The ADA Education and Reform ACT (H.R. 620), business owners will have 60 days to devise a plan to fix the issue, and another 120 days to implement the changes. Newsweek, Carlos Ballesteros reports.

In a 225-192 vote Thursday, most House Republicans and a dozen Democrats passed a bill that makes it harder for disabled persons to sue for discrimination, in an effort to prevent opportunistic attorneys from taking advantage of business owners.

But many disability and civil rights groups fear the bill will weaken incentives for businesses to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which mandates e...

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No industry or company is immune from the recent flood of sexual harassment claims. In fact, the insurance industry is expecting an influx of EPLI (Employment Practices Liability Insurance) claims in the entertainment, media, hospitality and other industries. Companies need to set clear policies and standards addressing behavior in the workplace then live by them.  Fischer & Phillips, Jennifer Sandberg & Joseph Shelton, lay out a 5-Step Plan to address growing sexual harassment concerns.

For several months now, it seems that each new day has brought about a fresh round of reporting on yet another high-profile sexual harassment accusation...

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Reminder: Post 300A injury, illness summary by February 1

February 1 is upon us! Employers required to post a 300A, must do so whether or not you had any injuries in the past year. It is required that the 300A is signed by an executive of the company before it is posted and that it is posted in an accessible location where employees can easily see it. Theh 300A must remain posted through April 30.

Employers required to electronically submit their 300A, must also fulfill the posting requirements from February 1 through April 30. establishes the requirements.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recordkeeping rule, employers that are required to keep and maintain an OSHA injury and illness 300 log must post their 300A annual summary in each establishment where employee notices are normally posted ...

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Ferrari owner claims hotel valet gave keys to his $300G car to wrong man

Levi Miles told the valet at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club that the $300,00 yellow Ferrari 458 Italia Spider was his and demanded the keys. He proceeded to tell the valet that his ticket was in the car and he would bring it to him – he never returned.

The true owner of the vehicle, 73 year-old Attorney James “Skip” Fowler who was attending a Lawyer’s convention at the resort at the time is now suing Marriott International and the valet, 717 Parking Enterprises, for negligence and gross negligence. Fox News, Nicole Darrah reports.

The owner of a $300,000 Ferrari has filed a lawsuit after a valet at a Florida resort reportedly gave the keys to someone who was trying to impress a woman.

James “Skip” Fowler, 73, parked his car — a yellow 2014 Ferrari 458 ...

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Three steps to follow before and after disaster strikes

The recent influx of natural disaster across the nation and across the globe is a profound indicator that every hotel facility should have an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan in place. The plan should be multi-faceted to include guests, employees, and property management procedures before, during and after disaster strikes. The tourism economy and profits are often at the mercy of the storm. How you prepare, respond, and react to your call of duty can make or break your business. Hotel Management, Victoria Rosenthal, suggests three important steps to speed up the recovery process.

When disaster strikes, hotels are susceptible to damage as any commercial property or residence...

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Hospitality Trends 2018 – What’s Happening in Hospitality

Travelers today are looking for activity rich experiences that exhibit great value for the money. A hotel culture connected to the community that provides inviting public spaces for both working and socializing along with healthy culinary choices– a quality product at an affordable price. These new trends continue to evolve as hotels attempt to reinvent themselves and focus on encouraging the “millennial mindset” traveler to just “hang out!” Hotel Online and Robert A. Rauch outline Hospitality Trends 2018.

Each December, we come out with my trends for the following year. Last year we led with Artifical Intelligence and Robotics. In May, 2017, we hired our first robot as Employee #25 at our Fairfield Inn & Suites...

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Seattle Hotel Industry Welcomes Seattle’s New Short-Term Rental Legislation

Homeowners and landlords who want to rent out their properties short-term in Seattle will have to comply with a new set of rental regulations.  Seattle City council has finalized new shot-term legislation requiring licensing, taxes, and other compliance regulations along with special licensing for short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb, HomeAway, and the like. Cision PRNewswire & Seattle Hotel Association report.

SEATTLEDec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Seattle Hotel Association (SHA) supports the short-term rental legislation passed today by the Seattle City Council, completing the package of ordinances that will govern rentals on platforms like Airbnb.

SHA has supported short-term rental regulations since the inception of this form of overnight accommodations...

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Westgate Hotel testing firearm-detecting security system

Modern security has arrived! Providing a great guest experience while ensuring the safety of guests, employees, and company assets is a necessary but difficult task every hotelier faces. Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas has recently partnered with Patriot One Technologies Inc, to test its NForce weapons dectection system. NForce is a discreet weapon sensing system that uses Cognitive Microwave Radar to detect concentrations of iron based metals such as guns, knives, and bombs. With a consistent 94% accuracy rate, the units are small enough to hide inside existing infrastructure. New3 Las Vegas, Gerard Ramalho, shares a glimpse of this exciting new technology.

Chances are the next time you enter the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas, you will have passed through a state of t...

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Understanding Greywater and Its Proper Uses for Hotels

Although it can be expensive initially, using grey water can meet up to 50% of a property’s water needs by supplying water for landscaping. Grey water also provides nutrients to plants.  Furthermore, using grey water for your landscaping needs can prove to be a significant cost savings. Lodging Magazine shares the rules and guidelines you must follow for proper grey water use.

One of the many ways commercial facilities and hotels are reducing water consumption is to use greywater. Greywater is typically defined as “gently used” water that comes from restroom sinks, kitchen sinks, showers, etc. Facilities that use greywater are often “doubled plumbed,” with greywater going into storage tanks and water from toilets and urinals discharged into sewer systems.

While some greywa...

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