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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Revised Hospitality Law Textbook Alerts Hoteliers to Legal Issues

      Lansing, Michigan, July 2009 - The legal issues involved in running a lodging operation can be overwhelming. Scores of federal laws and regulations affect the lodging industry. The fifth edition of Understanding Hospitality Law, by Jack P. Jefferies, J.D., LL.M., J.S.D., and Banks Brown, J.D., published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, provides a handy reference for hotel managers about potential legal pitfalls and problems.

      The fifth edition of this textbook revises the text to update and clarify the basic legal principles that govern the hospitality industry. New material in this edition includes "drive by" ADA lawsuits, admitting minors to hotels, overbooking, group contracts, tip compliance agreements with the IRS, and the power of law enforcement to obtain guest records. The book addresses changes in major legislation, including the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and immigration laws. A new chapter explains the impact of the USA PATRIOT Act and related legislation on the hotel industry.

      Understanding Hospitality Law is divided into six sections for easy reference. They are:

      • Some Basic Legal Principles Governing Hospitality Operations
      • The Hotel-Guest Relationship
      • The Hotel's Duties to the Guest and Others
      • Restaurants, Food Service, and Bars
      • The Hotel and Its Employees
      • Laws Relating to General Hotel Operation

      Each of the book's 40 chapters concludes with "Important Points for Management," a section that summaries the basic legal principles discussed in that chapter.

      Co-authors Jefferies and Brown are recognized as perhaps the best known U.S. experts on laws and regulations affecting hotels. Jefferies, now retired from the practice of law, served as legal counsel for 21 years to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the Hotel Association of New York City, and was a special consultant to the law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery. Brown, a partner of the firm of McDermott, Will & Emery, is currently legal counsel to AH&LA, the Hotel Association of New York City, the Travel Business Roundtable, and the International Hotel, Motel & Restaurant Show.

      Understanding Hospitality Law is available from the Educational Institute for $94.95; $64.95 for AH&LA members. To order, visit www.ahlei.org or call 800-752-4567 or 517-372-8800. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call 407-999-8100.

      About the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
      Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute’s mission is to continue being the preferred provider to the lodging industry, hospitality schools, and related hospitality industries by developing and providing quality resources to train, educate, and certify hospitality professionals worldwide.

      Elizabeth Johnson - ejohnson@ahla.com

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