The potential for managers, at all levels and across all functional disciplines, acting within the scope of their defined responsibilities to take actions with serious legal consequences is as extensive as one might possibly imagine. Most managers, by definition, "manage" employees. They may make decisions affecting the hiring, compensation, discipline, safety, or termination of employment of employees. All of these areas are subject to federal, state, and local regulation. Statutes and court decisions have established rules that must be followed with respect to all of these issues. Failure to adhere to established law can result in civil or criminal penalties for the business and for individual managers. In some cases, the negative publicity related to violations of the law can result in loss of business, or even bankruptcy.
Many managers are involved in entering into contracts for the purchase of food, liquor, supplies, furniture, fixtures and equipment, and a myriad of items basic to the operation of the business. Contracts create legally binding obligations on the parties. It is important for managers to understand how to draft a contract, or simply to read a contract, to assure that they are getting what they expect from the contract, or that the performance that they commit themselves to is within their scope of responsibility and ability to deliver. It is important for managers to apply basic logic in writing a contract and to avoid ambiguities that raise questions as to what either party to a contract was required to deliver. This textbook will help managers, and hospitality management students understand the basic legal issues that they are most likely to face on the job.
* Introduces legal considerations in a practical, concise manner at a student-friendly price
* Provides the only textbook treatment of the legal aspects of franchising
* Includes real 'court case' examples to illustrate relevance and legal outcomes
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Mr. O'Donnell represents management in all areas of labor and employment law. He has represented employers before state and federal agencies and courts, including appellate practice, in all types of employment discrimination and harassment claims. In addition to law firm experience, Mr. O'Donnell spent several years in legal and management positions for large corporations. He represents large national hotel management companies, and hotels and resorts nationwide. He has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements in hotel and manufacturing industries. He has assisted employers in employment law compliance, related to employment discrimination, employment contracts, the Americans with Disabilities Act, wage and salary compliance, and affirmative action. Mr. O'Donnell regularly contributes to Pennsylvania Restaurant Matters, PRA's magazine and speaks on topics that include Alternative Dispute Resolution, wage and hour compliance and hospitality law. Mr. O'Donnell has lectured at various colleges and universities and belongs to the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society and the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association (PRA). He is also a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. The American Hotel and Lodging Association has certified him as a Hospitality Law instructor.
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