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November 2018's Converge Newsletter
Motel 6 to Pay $7.6M for Providing Guest Information to ICE
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November 8, 2018 via Hotel Management

Reputation and trust are worth their weight in gold, and Motel 6 is taking its first steps toward reclaiming traveler confidence after mishandling guests’ information. Following a class-action lawsuit, Motel 6 has agreed to pay up to $7.6 million to Latino guests who say employees shared their private information with immigration agents in 2017, and further legal action is on the horizon.

The proposal settlement was filed in federal court, contingent on approval from a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Arizona.

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Winter Is Coming…So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?

November 15, 2018 via ConvergeBlog
This article will focus on four risks that this season may bring: how to properly compensate your workers during weather-related absences, the dangers of this year’s flu season, how to limit risks associated with cold-weather exposure, and making sure your company holiday party doesn’t lead to a lawsuit.
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Hotels See Panic Buttons as a #MeToo Solution for Workers. Guest Bans? Not So Fast.

November 11, 2018 via New York Times

But enacting legislation that includes measures to punish guests has proved difficult in the shadow of Seattle’s legal battle. In California and Chicago, the bills initially were supposed to be modeled on Seattle’s ordinance, including the provisions on barring and blacklisting certain guests. Later, those provisions were abandoned.'s ConvergeBlog
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Are You Carefully Vetting Your Third Party Vendors? If Not, You May Be Buying Yourself a Breach of Privacy Claim
October 30, 2018 via 4Hoteliers

Frankly, any third-party vendor who will gain access to an employer’s employee or job applicant information should be reviewed thoroughly ahead of entering any contractual or working relationship. This is important because this area of employment practices – background checks and resulting invasions of privacy --is a prime source of litigation for plaintiffs and the plaintiff’s bar.
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