On Tuesday November 22, 2016, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas  granted 21 states' preliminary injunction to  stop (or at least delay) the DOL from  implementing the new overtime rule that would have expanded overtime protections to more than 4 million  employees nationwide. 

The preliminary injunction preserves the status quo of keeping the old rule in place, while the  court can now fully determine the final rule's validity, as well as the DOL's authority to promulgate  the final rule.

Read Conn Maciel Carey's full update here

Webinar Today: Employee Benefits Compliance
Join Wells Fargo Insurance for a webinar today, Wednesday 12/7, for an Employee Benefits compliance webinar: The year in review and a look to the future.

Register here  to tune in at 1 pm ET.

Topics to be discussed include:
  • Continuing issues with determining full-time status under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Determining affordability under ACA employer play or pay mandate for opt-out payments and other special situations
  • ACA reporting challenges in 2016 and changes for 2017
  • Issuance of final wellness program regulations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Potential planning considerations in light of likely "repeal" but unknown "replacement" of ACA
Did you miss November's webinar, "Strategies to Address Rising Costs of Specialty Pharmacy"? Watch the recording here.

DECEMBER 7, 2016 (today!)
WEBINAR: Employee Benefits Compliance: The Year in Review
Presented by Wells Fargo Insurance
1:00 - 2:00 pm ET

DECEMBER 13, 2016
WEBINAR: Employee Access to Bathrooms, ADA Accessibility and Transgender Bathrooms 
Presented by Conn Maciel Carey
1:00 - 2:15 pm ET

FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Group Personal Umbrella Renewal

FEBRUARY 21, 2017
HSMAI/Kindred Presents: Resort Best Practices Meeting
New York, NY

MARCH 7, 2017
Kindred Resorts Miami Media Dinner

Infectious Disease Management

Cold and flu season is unfortunately upon us. If you have not already established a written protocol for infectious disease prevention, a nd provided training to your employees, it is not too late!

RHA's white paper and sample policies can help you get there, including a newly added Infectious Disease Sample SOP. The member who kindly agreed to share their policy experienced the challenges of a Norovirus outbreak, and has generously shared this information to assist other members in preventing such an occurrence. 

Did You Know?
  • Only 31% of men and 65% of women wash their hands after using the toilet
  • Only about 5% of people actually wash their hands for the CDC-recommended 20 seconds or more (about the amount of time it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song)
  • Proper handwashing is the easiest way to stop the spread of germs
  • Alcohol based sanitizers can be used in addition to, but should not be used as a substitute for handwashing
In addition to RHA's White Papers, you can also find helpful information here:

Executive Liability

The number of wage-violation lawsuits in the US has doubled over the past 10 years, and the hospitality industry ranks #1 in volume of FLSA wage and hour prosecutions. Read our new white paper  "The Rise of Wage-and-Hour Disputes for the Hospitality Industry" to learn how your property can minimize your exposure to claims. 

Additionally, enterprise Risk Management should include a well-designed Management Liability Insurance Policy. RHA's specifically designed  Management Liability Policy offers members broad coverages such as:
  • Employment Practices Liability (with a sublimit for Wage & Hour violations)
  • Directors and Officers
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Crime insurance
Our negotiated coverage includes 100% allocation of defense costs, favorable settlement wording, non-rescindable policy language, favorable insured versus insured language, broad notice of claim language, Immigration Coverage, Crisis Management and many, many more.

Questions? Contact Melanie at  melanie@rhainsure.com or 804.525.2029

Employment-Related Issues in Light of New State Marijuana Laws
In light of the most recent state legislation concerning use of marijuana, for both recreational and medical purposes, RHA's attorney partners at Conn Maciel Carey have written a White Paper for RHA members.  Below, is also a link to an article published by the firm earlier this year. 
Should you have questions, or require the assistance of a legal expert in this matter, we encourage you to reach out to Jordan directly; be sure to tell him you are an RHA member:
Jordan B. Schwartz
Partner, Labor * Employment Practice
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
  (202) 909-2731 (direct)
(202) 827-7899 (fax)


Emerson Resort & Spa

We are delighted to welcome new member, Emerson Resort & Spa, which is located in the beautiful Catskill Mountain area of New York state - a mere two hours from Manhattan.
This unique property offers accommodations in both their Adirondack-style Lodge and newly renovated, contemporary Inn. There are plenty of activities to enjoy while visiting the  property as well - Spa Services, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, Tubing and more!

Learn more about Emerson Resort & Spa here

Stephen & Viola Tagliatela of Saybrook Point Inn Featured in Connecticut Dog Magazine

RHA Board member, Stephen Tagliatela, and his wife Viola were featured on the cover of Connecticut Dog Magazine with their dogs Bailey and Loir e!

Saybrook Point Inn  is pet friendly, and even offers a special "Doggie On the Go" package for guests.  Learn more about Saybrook here
Sonnenalp - Vail, CO
Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards Select 43 RHA Members
        • Amangani - Jackson, WY
        • AmangirI - Canyon Point, UT
        • Arizona Inn - Tucson, AZ
        • Big Cedar Lodge - Ridgedale, MO
        • The Breakers Palm Beach - Palm Beach, FL
        • Canyon Ranch Lenox - Lenox, MA
        • Canyon Ranch Tucson - Tucson, AZ
        • The Cloister At Sea Island - Sea Island, GA
        • Dunton Hot Springs - Dolores, CO
        • Enchantment Resort - Sedona, AZ
        • Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, MI
        • The Greenbrier - White Sulpher Springs, WV 
        • Harbor View Hotel - Martha's Vineyard, MA
        • The Hermitage - West Dover, VT
        • Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club - Fort Lauderdale, FL
        • Lake Austin Spa - Austin, TX
        • The Lodge At Pebble Beach - Pebble Beach, CA
        • The Lodge At Sea Island Golf Club - Sea Island, GA
        • The Lodge At Woodloch - Hawley PA
        • The Lowell - New York, NY
        • Mii Amo - Sedona, AZ
        • Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa - Lake Placid, NY
        • The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa - Riverside, CA
        • Mohonk Mountain House - New Paltz, NY
        • The Nantucket Hotel & Resort - Nantucket MA
        • Ocean House - Watch Hill, RI
        • Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort - Hilton Head Island, SC
        • The Pitcher Inn - Warren, VT
        • San Ysidro Ranch - Santa Barbara, CA
        • The Scarlet Huntington - San Francisco, CA
        • Sonnenalp - Vail, CO
        • Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa - Stowe, VT
        • Tides Inn - Irvington, VA
        • Tradewinds Island Grand Resort - St Pete Beach , FL
        • Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe VT
        • Twin Farms - Barnard, Vt
        • Waldorf Astoria Park City - Park City, UT
        • Watercolor Inn & Resort - Seagrove Beach, FL
        • Weekapaug Inn - Westerly RI
        • Wequasset Resort And Golf Club - Harwich, MA
        • Winnetu Oceanside Resort - Edgartown, MA
        • Winvian - Litchfield, CT
        • Woodstock Inn & Resort - Woodstock VT
Read the full list here.  


Kindred Resorts & Hotels presents at MPI Tennessee  

Last month, Kindred Managing Director, Bree Brostko, spoke to meeting planners during a MPI Tennessee Chapter Meeting.  Her presentation, "Infusing a Sense of Place to Create Greater Meeting Value," highlighted many of the Kindred properties and focused on incorporating regional elements into meetings.

RSVP by 12/15 For Miami Media Dinner & More
Don't miss out on registering for these great Kindred 2017 programs!

This year, Kindred hosted several sold-out Media Dinners to connect member resorts with national and local media outlets. 
Join us for the next media dinner March 7 in Miami, FloridaRSVP here
RSVP by December 15, 2016 to attend these upcoming Kindred programs:
  • Miami Media Dinner in March
  • Small Market Meetings - Sponsor Booth in September 
  • IMEX Client Event in October
Click here  to learn more about these events as well as others offered to members by Kindred Resorts & Hotels.  Not sure if a particular marketing initiative is the right fit for your property? Contact Sandy at info@meetkindred.com to discuss the many options available.
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