Legal Report: Legal Issues
11/13/2007 - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has issued guidelines for employers in the food service industry. The guidelines discuss the basic rights of employees in this job sector and offer examples for business owners in how they should handle disabled employees.
Legal Report: Physical Security
11/07/2007 - A federal appeals court has ruled that an off-duty crew member of a cruise line was acting within his scope of employment when he raped a passenger who had gone ashore. The court also determined that the cruise line,as a common carrier, is liable for crew member assaults on passengers. (Jane Doe v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, No. 03-15321, 2004)
SM Online: Crime
Hospitality/Lodging: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
10/29/2007 - The University of Florida has developed a scoring system that has led to fire-safety improvements in Greek fraternity and sorority housing.
09/21/2007 - Insurers will give better rates to hospitality industry properties that incorporate safety and security policies.
09/18/2007 - A new law (formerly H.B. 2448) in Virginia requires that landlords install new locks or security devices on apartments rented by tenants who have a restraining order against a former cotenant. The tenant must present a copy of the restraining order to the landlord.
Case Study: Surveillance
09/13/2007 - In contrast, the 3VR system requires employee training of about 15 minutes, and it has generally performed as promised. For example, to aid police on the case involving the robbery by the prostitute, the Talbott’s security staff used two key components of the 3VR system: its ability to rapidly narrow down video footage based on the hour, the location, and any unusual physical movement; and its ability to help staff find suspects using the facial recognition feature.
SM Online: Legal Issues
08/10/2007 - A Virginia appeals court has ruled that a hotel may be held liable for an assault on a guest because there was ample warning from police reports that guests were at risk.
SM Online: Academic \ Educational Programs
08/10/2007 - A new group called the International Lodging Security Association has been established to further education and training in the field. The link will be added as soon as it becomes available.
SM Online: Hiring \ Employment Issues
08/06/2007 - A former employee of an Atlantic City hotel must prove his discrimination charge was made in good faith and show it wasn't just a way to set up a retaliation charge when he was fired.