Panic Buttons: What Hotel Owners Need to Know About Unions and New Ordinance in Long Beach, CA – By Jim Butler

Voters in Long Beach, California passed an initiative in November 2018 that affects all hotels in Long Beach with more than 50 hotel rooms. The Hotel Workplace Requirements and Restrictions Initiative Ordinance, known as the 'Panic Button Initiative' places new requirements and restrictions on hotel owners and puts non-union hotels at a disadvantage.

Le Sereno St Barth’s to Open December 1st

Sereno Hotels announced Le Sereno St. Barth will reopen and welcome back guests on December 1, 2018. Following damage from the passing of Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the Contreras family decided to demolish and to completely rebuild from scratch a significant part of the property, including more than half the rooms and all the public spaces.

The United States Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employees in the Young and Abercrombie Cases

Two recent holdings by the U.S. Supreme Court have been hailed as ‘victories’ for employees seeking personal accommodations under civil rights law. However, a new analysis from the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) finds little real change – along with considerable confusion – regarding the Court’s actual holding.