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Third Party Resellers

Background: Online bookings, both desktop and mobile, are the standard today in the hotel, airline, rental car and cruise line industries. More than 70% of all leisure hotel reservations today are made online through either the hotel’s own website or through online travel agencies (OTAs) such...


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Bill Passes House that Gives Employer and Employee Pay Options

On May 2, 2017, the US House passed H.R. 1180 - Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 . The bill allows employees to receive paid time off (PTO) vice overtime pay for hours worked over 40 hours. This program is limited to private employers whose employees are not under a union agreement. The...


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DOL Issues Final Union “Persuader” Rule

Overview: On March 24, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the long-awaited final union “Persuader Rule,” which significantly expands the public reporting requirements of employers and their consultants (including attorneys) with respect to a wide range of activities falling under...


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National Turfgrass Research Initiative

March 2018 : Turf comprises 60+ million acres, is the fourth largest crop in the U.S., and is horticulture’s most omnipresent crop worldwide. Benefits are enormous, ranging from public health, landscaping, and recreation, to environmental sustainability, and impeding contaminant runoff into...


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Fluctuating Workweek Overtime

Fluctuating workweek (FWW) overtime pay is one way to comply with overtime requirements when an employee’s time fluctuates from week to week. Employers whose employees work a lot of hours part of the year and very little hours a week another part of the year typically employ it. Obviously, golf...


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H-2B Visa Processing Delays

March 2018: The golf industry continues to be unnecessarily harmed by Department of Labor delays in issuing these visas -- plus, the agency has recently initiated a lottery system regarding the distribution of visas. And even more importantly, there remains a serious H-2B visa cap problem....


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Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

Overview: In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency along with the Army Corp of Engineers published a new rule which was intended to help local agencies by providing better clarity on enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Instead of clarifying the Act, they decided to expand the areas of...


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Federal Court Rules on Golf Accessibility

The U.S. Federal District Court, northern district of California, has issued a ruling that could require Marriott International Inc. to provide accessible golf cars for disabled golfers. Marriott's Golf division, which operates 26 golf courses in the U.S., said it was not required by current...


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Disaster Relief Fairness

Because of a disaster tax exclusion, in the wake of disasters, golf courses that pay taxes have been denied access to bonus depreciation, the expensing of demolition costs, and additional time to carry back net operating losses for expenses related to the given disaster. Following the recent...


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IRS Regulations Eliminate Ability to Discount Value of FLP, LLC Gifts to Family Members

Overview: In August of this year, the IRS issued proposed regulations that will eliminate (or severely limit) the ability to discount the value of transfer of interest in closely held entities (Family Limited Partnerships (FLP), Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs), family corporations)...