Whiskey For My Men, Beer For My (Service) Horse – A Business Owner’s Primer On Service Animals And The ADA

When you think of the traditional definition of service animals, miniature horses usually don’t come to mind. Miniature horses are indeed used as services animals; most commonly for guiding the blind but also to help individuals with mobile impairments. If a miniature horse has been trained to perform the tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, then they have the same rights as a service animal. Entities covered by the ADA must modify their policies to permit miniature horses where reasonable. JD Supra/Smith Amundsen interpret the law.

A guy and his horse walk into a bar…

This could be the start of a funny joke, or the beginning of an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaint that can cost your business thousands of dollars in defense costs and damages...

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How the stop-start spring put the freeze on emerging pests

Spring and summer pests can be a challenge, and with the irregular weather patterns across the national this winter, you may be faced an even bigger challenge this year; the emergence of outdoor pests such as mosquitos, ants, fleas and ticks in large numbers. Knowing what to expect for the season is especially important to the lodging and hospitality industry. Reputation can be everything in the hotel industry, don’t let pests ruin yours! Hotel Management, Elliot Mest, shares some insight on what hoteliers should be prepared for and how they should prepare.

Hotels operators have a typical routine for spring pests...

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Will Employers Cry Mayday This May 1? What You Need To Know About Planned Protest Activities

Thousands of workers, immigrant-rights activists and other protesters, particularly those in the service industry, will take part in May Day marches and rallies across the country in support of causes ranging from better-paying jobs to immigration reform. Employers should proceed with caution. Impacted employers that seek to enforce their attendance rules and other workplace policies should be mindful of employees’ rights and carefully consider potential legal issues before responding to employees who miss work in support of the protests. JD Supra & Fisher Phillips outline key points employers should be aware of.

May Day has historically been a day marked by workers’ rights protests, with union organizing activities and other employee advocacy actions taking place across the country...

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Bellagio fire compared to 2008 blaze that closed the Monte Carlo

Fountains sprayed and the “Pink Panther Theme” played while gusty winds whipped flames across the roof of the retail complex at the Bellagio Resort located on the Las Vegas strip. With a heavy firefighter response of more than 70 firefighters, the blaze was knocked down in 30 minutes. Officials suspect an exterior electrical or lighting malfunction started the blaze melting the Exterior Installation and Finish System and causing more than $400,000 in damage on the roof. The hotel and casino were not affected by the blaze and remained open. No injuries were reported. Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mike Shoro reports.

Updated April 14, 2017 – 12:01 pm

A wind-whipped fire burned a section of the Bellagio’s exterior wall near the roof late Thursday, closing a portion of the as Vegas Strip...

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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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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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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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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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An examination of hotel labor costs

Salaries, wages and benefits are the largest single hotel operating cost. With multiple federal, state and local legislative initiatives driving increases in payroll expenses, managers are challenged to be more efficient with staff working hours and creative managing all payroll related expenses. Hotel Management, Robert Mandelbaum, examines hotel labor costs; past, present, and future.


There are a lot of “double-edged sword” issues on the minds of hotel operators these days. Hotel occupancy is at record levels, but that is attracting the attention of developers and therefore the threat of new competition. Inflation and interest rates have been low for an extended period of time, so it is natural to assume that both will eventually start to trend upward...

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