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Strategies to Defend & Mitigate Against Sex Trafficking Lawsuits in the Hospitality Industry
November 19, 2019 via ConvergeBlog
Federal and state laws define human trafficking as compelling someone through force, coercion or fraud to perform work or engage in sex acts. According to the Department of Homeland Security, it is a global issue with millions of adults and children being victimized to generate billions of dollars in profits for traffickers and others engaging in it.

There were 7,621 cases of human trafficking reported in the U.S. in 2016, the last year for which yearly totals are available. In the United States, human trafficking tends to occur around international travel-hubs with large immigrant populations, notably California, Texas, Florida, and Georgia. Illinois ranked 9th out of the 50 States with 296 reported cases of human trafficking during 2016.

The issue of human trafficking has gained national attention due to cases involving high profile individuals such as prominent investor Jeffrey Epstein and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
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Reptile Theory: Using the Primitive Brain to Increase Plaintiff’s Verdicts

November 16, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

We like to believe we are run by logic and emotion. Sometimes we are. But when something we do or don’t do can affect – even a little – our safety or the propagation and safety of our genes, the Reptile takes over.
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What Employee Accommodations are Required Under the ADA?

October 12, 2019 via ConvergeBlog

The federal American with Disabilities Act ("ADA") and many similar state laws require employers to "reasonably" accommodate an otherwise qualified disabled applicant or employee to perform the essential job functions of the position or enjoy equal benefits of employment as similarly situated employees.
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California Court Rules That Food And Beverage Service Charges May Qualify As Gratuities
November 4, 2019 via Fisher Phillips

A California appellate court just held that mandatory service charges added by banquet facilities to their contracts may need to be paid to banquet service employees essentially as a form of a gratuity. The October 31, 2019 decision changes up what some considered to be a settled area of law and may require you to immediately adjust your pay practices in order to get into compliance.
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