Tag Archives: hospitality industry

Approval of penalty rate cuts: Full Court dismisses unions’ appeal

Earlier this week the Full Federal Court rejected the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association and United Voice’s appeal of the Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) decision to cut penalty rates earlier this year.

The determinations, varying five modern awards (the Fast Food Industry Award 2010, the Fast Food Industry Award 2010, the Pharmacy Industry Award 2010, the Hospitality Industry (General Award 2010 and the Restaurant Industry Award 2010) were made on 21 June 2017. The effect of the determinations was to reduce Sunday, public holiday, evening and after-midnight penalty rates.

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Top Legal Issues for the Hospitality Industry to Watch in 2012

by:  Matthew Sorensen

1.      Deadline For Compliance With New ADA Accessibility Rules Approaching:

On March 15, 2012, hospitality establishments will be required to be in compliance with the standards for accessibility set by the Department of Justice’s final regulations under Title III of the ADA (2010 ADA Standards). The regulations made significant changes to the requirements for accessible facilities, and will require additional training of staff on updated policies and procedures in response to inquiries from guests with disabilities. Among the most significant changes for hospitality businesses are:        

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U.S. Department of Labor Targets Hospitality Industry Through New iPhone/iPad Applications

By:  Casey Cosentino

There is an on-going trend by the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to leverage popular technology to increase public and consumer awareness of the laws and regulations it enforces. Indeed, the DOL is continually exploring creative ways to share information with the public using the fastest and most-wide reaching means available. Through technology, the DOL is intentionally providing employees and consumers with enforcement data about companies, particularly hotels and restaurants, so that they can make informed employment and patronage decisions. 

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