What Hotels Need to Know: the ADA and Service Animals

Over the years, my partner, Marty Orlick, Chair of JMBM's ADA Compliance and Defense Group, has written about service animals used by persons with disabilities, and what hospitality staff needs to know about how to accommodate them. For example, what should the hostess of your restaurant do when a miniature horse enters your establishment with its disabled owner? What kind of animals qualify as service animals, anyway? And what is the owner's responsibility?

Hotel Lawyer Alert for Hotel Owners and Operators: Newest FTC Warning About Hotel Data Security

Hotel data breaches can have significant financial and reputational impacts on a brand, as evidenced by Marriott’s $123 million GDPR fine. In the article below, Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group® and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, outlines the critical importance of data security for the hospitality industry.

California Limits Use of Independent Contractors, Creating Significant Liabilities and Penalties for California Hotel and Restaurant Employers – By Jim Butler

As of January 1, 2020, California employers will need to comply with a new law which codifies a heightened standard of classifying an individual as an independent contractor. The new law can have significant implications for hospitality industry employers. Marta Fernandez, hotel lawyer and a partner in JMBM’s Labor & Employment department, discusses the new law and what employers can expect.

Cybersecurity Lawyer: Lessons from Marriott’s $123 Million GDPR Fine

Many hotels operate internationally and are frequently subject to the European Union’s 2018 General Data Protection Regulation. The financial consequences of a breach can be significant, as recent fines imposed on Marriott International demonstrate. Bob Braun, senior member of JMBM’s Global Hospitality Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Cybersecurity & Privacy Group, explores the impact of last year’s breach on the hotel brand below.