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December 2019's Converge Newsletter
Co-Working Spaces: Mitigating Litigation Risks While Encouraging Innovation
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December 5, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

In an age when flexibility, options, and instant reservations are becoming an expectation, co-working spaces continue to attract freelancers, entrepreneurs, and, more recently, companies with remote workers or those in need of temporary work spaces. In 2017, there were approximately 542,000 people working in co-working spaces in the United States. This number is expected to increase to approximately 1.08 million people by 2022.

While this growing industry encourages innovation and collaboration, owners and operators of co-working spaces, and companies taking advantage of these flexible workspaces, are presented with some unique legal issues. The community aspects of co-working spaces are often similar to that of an office, with individuals working in close proximity to one another and often sharing resources. However, most of the individuals working in the space are not employees of the owner or operator of the space. As a result, owners and operators have less control over their actions. Also, businesses utilizing co-working spaces for remote employees or as temporary space may not routinely have management-level personnel available to supervise their employees in person.

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How to Make the Most of Tax Law Changes This Season and Beyond

December 10, 2019 via Today's Hotelier
Major tax law changes took place at the end of 2017 when the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was introduced, but hoteliers are still navigating the waters as the Internal Revenue Service continues to clarify guidelines.
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The Perils of Social Media Promotions in the Hospitality Industry

November 23, 2019 via Hotel Management

Truth in advertising is not only a best practice; it’s the law. It applies to all media – from newspapers and magazines to radio spots to online platforms, such as blogs or social media. It is required in both overt advertisements and implied claims buried in otherwise innocuous posts. As such, it creates a minefield for hoteliers trying to drive traffic in a crowded marketplace.
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2019 U.S. Hotel Franchise Fee Guide
November 21, 2019 via HVS

The HVS U.S. Hotel Franchise Fee Guide provides a comparative review of various hotel franchises based on their applicable franchise fees. The selection of an appropriate franchise affiliation affects a property’s ability to compete in its local market, generate profits, and achieve a distinguished image and market orientation. Because the success of a hotel is based primarily on the cash flow generated, owners and lenders must weigh the benefits of a brand affiliation against the total cost of such a commitment.
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