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December 2018's Converge Newsletter
Liquor Licensing For Hotel & Restaurant Acquisitions
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December 27, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

You are the General Counsel or the outside counsel to a hotel or restaurant brand. Your client informs you that the company intends to purchase multiple units of additional properties in several different states. Your head spins, full of questions. Will it be an asset sale or stock purchase? Will we retain the employees? Will we rebrand the property to our own brand, keep the existing brand, or designate a third brand?

Large and even medium scale acquisitions in the hospitality industry trigger these important legal questions and more. Sometimes, however, the dealmakers overlook or delay one critical area: alcohol service! How will we make sure the hotel or restaurant will be able to serve alcohol on Day One?

Careful planning and precise timing are critical.

Gray Robinson: Attorneys At Law's ConvergeBlog
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DOL Says Goodbye To The 80/20 Rule For Tip Credits

December 20, 2018 via Conn Maciel Carey
Accordingly, employers should be able to breathe at least a sigh of relief.  So how did we get here, and what should employers be able to expect in the new year?
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8 Ways To 86 Restaurant Workplace Safety Hazards

December 2018 via Food Newsfeed

Most states prohibit practices and promotions that encourage the excessive consumption of alcohol. Some states, cities and counties prohibit or limit Happy Hours and promotions such as hotel packages, all-you-can-drink offers and two-for-one beverage deals.
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More Employers Were "ICED" In Fiscal Year 2018
December 17, 2018 via Foley & Lardner

In FY 2018, 6,848 worksite investigations were initiated, representing a fourfold increase from the prior fiscal year. Similarly, ICE conducted 5,981 audits of employers’ Form I-9s, which is five times the number from the prior year. Criminal and worksite arrests were also way up and readers will recall that immigration law violations are one of the few areas of employment law which can result in direct criminal prosecution.
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