10/28/2011 - A jury holds a property owner liable for negligent security and orders it to pay a rape victim $1.28 million. Lawmakers consider legislation on government contractors, online privacy, and homeland security.
09/12/2011 - The recent episode involving Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged rape of a housekeeper has rekindled discussion on what the hospitality industry should do to better protect housekeeping and room service employees from on-the-job harassment.
08/30/2011 - The recent episode involving Dominique Strauss-Kahn's alleged rape of a housekeeper has rekindled discussion on what the hospitality industry should do to better protect housekeeping and room service employees from on-the-job harassment. (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)
03/30/2011 - A couple hired to manage a housing complex may sue their employer for religious discrimination and failure to accommodate their religious beliefs after they were fired for refusing to remove a piece of religious artwork from their office, a federal appeals court has ruled. The court ruled that the housing complex must demonstrate why it could not meet a request to accommodate the plaintiffs’ religious beliefs.
01/26/2011 - Hotels face a range of risks from petty crime to stalking, murder, and terrorism. As incidents occur, they cull lessons and continuously adjust security programs to maximize protection while still remaining hospitable.
09/30/2010 - A new law (P.L. 111-207) seeks to enhance security aboard cruise ships. It applies to cruise ships that embark or disembark at U.S. ports, are authorized to carry at least 250 passengers, and have sleeping facilities for each passenger.
The law requires that each stateroom on cruise ships be equipped with security latches and electronic keys that can provide entry dates and times. Ships are also required to install and maintain a video surveillance system and provide information from that surveillance to law enforcement upon request. Cruise ship owners are required to establish and enforce policies on crew-member access to passenger rooms.
09/07/2010 - In an effort to make its theme parks safer, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts implemented iTrak incident-tracking software that can manage and share lists of banned visitors, among other tools like a lost and found module.
07/16/2010 - Erin Andrews, who was photographed through hotel room doors after employees provided a peeping Tom with both her room numbers and accommodations in adjoining rooms, has sued six hotel operators and the convicted defendant.