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You’ve Been Unfriended: Company Social Media Policies that Attack Employees’ Online Chatter May be Illegal

Imagine this: you have recently learned that a group of your employees have been posting negative comments about your business on Facebook.

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Restaurant Industry Sues Over New Tip Pooling Regulations that Exclude Kitchen Staff from Tip Pools

On July 12, 2012, restaurant associations filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on behalf of restaurants and their employees who share in tips and participate in tip pools.

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Is Your Site Accessible? Americans with Disabilities Act and Internet Access

The extent to which the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to the Internet has for years been an important question for web site owners and operators large and small.

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The Nitty Gritty on Seattle’s New Sick & Safe Leave Ordinance

On September 12, 2011, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 123698, which created a new chapter in the Seattle Municipal Code (“SMC”).

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Trust Fund Taxes – Trap for the Unwary

Sections 3402 and 3102 of the Internal Revenue Code require employers to withhold or deduct federal income and social security taxes from the wages of employees and …

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Are Apple Users Spendier Guests?

The Wall Street Journal today announced that Orbitz Worldwide has concluded that people who use Mac computers (Apple, as opposed to PC), spend up to 30% more …

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Music Licensing 101: The Basics for Hotel & Restaurant Operators

Under federal copyright law, the owner of a music copyright has the exclusive right to “perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.” 17 U.S.C. § 106(6). If you play music in your business, you may be liable for copyright infringement if you do not first obtain a license from the copyright holder or from a performance rights organization.

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More on Tip Pooling…

One question that persists amongst hoteliers and restaurateurs of all sizes is whether they can require tip pooling.  The issue has gotten no less confusing given conflicting opinions …