American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention and Expo

Palm Desert, CA

Mark B. Robinson and Jeffrey D. Farrow presented on “Licensing, Class Actions and Trade Secrets: What Producers Need to Know,” at the American Agents Alliance (AAA) Convention and Expo on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM in Palm Desert, CA. This course was approved by the California Department of Insurance for 1 credit.

This panel discussion highlighted critical issues facing brokers and agents relative to licensing, class actions and trade secrets. More specifically, the following topics were covered:

• Licensed vs. Unlicensed Conduct: An overview of insurance licensing requirements and the types of conduct that may and may not be undertaken by unlicensed employees of brokerages and agencies, as well as examples of relevant regulatory exposure
• Class Actions Impacting Broker Agents: An overview of the most common types of class action exposure/risk facing producers
• Trade Secrets and Business Interference: Overview of the legal issues and risks to be considered when hiring brokers or agents from industry competitors

At the end of this session attendees understood how to (1) mitigate regulatory exposure, (2) avoid class action litigation and (3) protect against trade secret infringement and related actions when employing previously competing producers.

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Mark B. Robinson

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Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
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Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference

New York, NY

Dana A. Kravetz presented on “Traversing the Perilous Road of Labor and Employment Issues” at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 6, 2017 form 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Given the current climate of ever increasing new regulations, exorbitant labor costs are hitting hoteliers creating the necessity of working within regulations to offer cost-cutting solutions including workforce optimization, labor scheduling, cross-training, attrition reduction, F&B and restaurant outsourcing, and combating increased minimum wage and wage compression. Industry authorities discussed these critical issues during the panel session.

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) Health Care Retreat

Mark B. Robinson presented on “Limits On Compensation Paid To Producers Selling Health Insurance Policies And Health Care Service Plans in California: an Overview” at the California Association of Health Underwriters (CAHU) Health Care Retreat on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) and Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Los Angeles, CA

Topics of Discussion for the Roundtable
1. DOL and NLRB – The United States Department of Labor recently announced its withdrawal of the guidance put in place by the Obama administration on the joint-employer issue. Does the move have any immediate impact on the hotel industry given that the Browning-Ferris Industries decision is still on appeal? And what is the future of the hotel franchise model given the current administration’s pro-business leanings? What is the impact on the industry with the expected Trump administration appointments to the NLRB?
2. Local ordinances – Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle have in place local ordinances that alter the landscape of doing business in particular cities. What impact will these ordinances have on hotel business models? How can hoteliers manage the compliance complexities of local and State ordinances versus Federal Law?
3. Legalization of marijuana – The use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes has become legal in several jurisdictions. In the wake of changing state laws, how should (and do) hoteliers manage their workforces in light of marijuana’s growing acceptance and legality?

Bonus discussion of the fate of binding arbitration in employment.

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

ALIS Law Conference

Los Angeles, CA

Dana A. Kravetz presented on “The Hospitality Industry & Labor Reform,” at the 2018 ALIS Law Conference on Monday January 22, 2018 at 11:15 AM.

President Trump’s reshaped Labor Department and NLRB will undoubtedly impact joint employer liability and many union issues – among other things – favorably for employers. How will the labor landscape realistically change within the hospitality industry, particularly given the state and local activism that protects employee interests?

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

HR in Hospitality Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Dana A. Kravetz presented on “It’s 4:20 p.m. – Time for Your Employees’ Marijuana Break,” at the 2018 HR in Hospitality Conference on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM.

To date, 26 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and eight states (plus D.C.) permit its recreational use. The upshot: As marijuana laws become more liberal and usage becomes more pervasive, hotels and resorts must address the emergent issue of marijuana in the workplace and the legal implications of employee use. Must employers make accommodations for employees with valid marijuana prescriptions, allowing them to use the drug on the job? The presentation provided answers to these and other accommodation issues, with a look at recent court opinions.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify important workplace policies regarding marijuana
  • Review the evolving law as it pertains to medical marijuana and associated workplace accommodations
  • Train managers and supervisors to deal with marijuana use by employees on and off the job
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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) Insurance Hot Topics

Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) hosted an Insurance Hot Topics event “Navigating the Legal & Business Issues Facing Insurance Brokerages,” in Los Angeles, CA on May 10, 2017 and in New York, NY on May 17, 2017. The Hot Topics event was a morning program of four focused panels followed by a luncheon.

There are all too many practices by insurance brokers that can prompt government scrutiny. This panel covered a number of them, together with compliance procedures that can be set in place to avoid examination and how best to respond if investigated.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

2019 ALIS Law Conference

Los Angeles, CA

Dana A. Kravetz presented on the panel, “Labor & Public Policy,” at the 2019 ALIS Law Conference on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 1:15 PM. The conference took place on January 27th & January 28th.

A legislative and legal update on joint employer liability and the National Labor Relations Board that will
address some critical questions: What is the state of the joint employer doctrine, what side should owners
be on, and how do owners comply with the current policy?

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality

California Wholesaler Industry Days

La Jolla, CA

Mark B. Robinson presented on “Charging and Disclosing Broker Fees for Insurance Wholesalers,” at the 2017 California Wholesaler Industry Days in La Jolla, CA on January 11, 2017. An area of intensive scrutiny by the California Department of Insurance surrounds the charging and disclosing of broker fees. The Department regularly receives a high volume of customer complaints concerning the failure to disclose broker fees or improperly charging broker fees. This webinar examined who may charge broker fees, how such fees must be disclosed to customers, the California law governing broker fees, and tips to help avoid regulatory scrutiny.

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Mark B. Robinson

Co-Founding Partner
Practices
Regulatory & Administrative Law
Industries
Banking & Financial Services, Insurance

National HR in Hospitality Conference

Las Vegas, NV

Dana A. Kravetz spoke on “Pay Equity” at the National HR in Hospitality Conference on March 25, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

Could pay equity be the next wage and hour epidemic? Unlike discrimination, there is reprehensible intent, the issues is complicated and difficult to comply with, the target keeps moving, and inertia and status quo prevent companies from addressing it. In this session pay equity experts explain the different laws, set forth the penalties, and provide tools and strategies to prevent what could be “bet the company” lawsuits.

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Dana A. Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner
Practices
Labor & Employment
Industries
Hospitality