Leisure Law

Leisure Law refers to not only the industry of sports, recreation, and entertainment, but also to the rights of employees to leisure time.

In the context of employee rights, in the United States there are a number of laws regulating leisure time for employees (i.e., breaks, vacations, personal leave). Often, aside from time mandated by statute, the exact method of determining an employee's entitlement to leisure time in the United States is set forth in the employment agreement or in an employer's policies.

Much of leisure law pertains to matters of concern to owners, managers, franchisors, developers and lenders with respect to hotels and other hospitality and leisure businesses. These matters may relate to corporate law, real estate matters, financing, franchise and distribution rights, employment, intellectual property, administrative regulations, and various types of litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Businesses that commonly fall under the umbrella of leisure laws include hotels and timeshares, resorts, and country clubs, luxury / serviced apartments, amusement parks, health and fitness facilities, movie theaters, nightclubs, marinas, casinos, bowling alleys, catering operations, conference halls, and many others. If your business relates to any of these industries and you have questions about leisure law, you can use the resources below to learn more. Additionally, under the "Law Firms" tab on the menu bar, above, you can find lists of attorneys in your area that can assist you with your leisure law related matters or answer any questions you may have.

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  • Hawaii Is Auditing Vacation Rentals: Four Reasons Why
    Prospective clients frequently ask me why the Department of Taxation is so interested in auditing and pursuing TA taxes. There are several answers to this question, including: • The Department is responding to local political developments; • It can be easy to assess TA tax; • Its highly likely that assessed TA tax can ultimately be collected; and, • Assessing TA tax may lead to greater income tax compliance.
  • Entertainment Law: How Film Producers Obtain Development Funding and Investments
    What are film and television development deals, why is the money for them so hard to obtain and why is it so costly? Entertainment attorney Sebastian Gibson looks at film and television development deals, the catch-22 of obtaining development money, the cost of investor funds, distribution as a source of funds, and other sources of funds producers can tap into.
  • Yoga Pose Results in Injury - Can I Sue the Instructor?
    The ability to sue a yoga teacher for demonstrating various exercises normally depends on multiple factors, if a waiver was in use and if the person assumed responsibility for any potential harm. The instructor may explain to not try the activity until the individual is ready to do so or that is could lead to injury.
  • Entertainment Law: Securities Law and Film Financing
    State and Federal securities laws and regulations are a major concern to film and TV producers as they seek development money and investment funds for their projects. Entertainment lawyer Sebastian Gibson takes a close look at film financing with and without the use of private placement offering memorandums.
  • Entertainment Law: Film and TV Production Agreements
    A film or TV producer requires a myriad of agreements for a film or TV project including development deals and A-list profit participation actor agreements. Entertainment attorney Sebastian Gibson looks at these agreements and others in depth and how actors are structuring their deals today to ensure they get their share of the gross profits.
  • Entertainment Law: Choosing The Right Type of Entity for Film and TV Projects
    Film and TV producers need an umbrella entity for their company as it considers different projects. But when one of those projects is ready for full scale production and development, a separate entity should be formed. Entertainment lawyer Sebastian Gibson examines the pros and cons of the types of entities a film or TV producer can use for their projects.
  • Tattoo Parlor Is Using My Copyrighted Art Work – What Can I Do?
    Copyright work in art and other creative items from the inventor and creator that have a valid copyright can remain protected items through Intellectual Property acts and regulations. The establishment that infringes upon these rights can suffer a lawsuit before a judge that will determine if the rights of the copyright owner are to remain protected or if the tattoo parlor is safe from incurring damages.
  • Charitably Giving to Certain Groups May Cause Legal Trouble
    When a person gives to a charity, he or she should consider certain factors and issues that could become legal concerns such as engaging in charities that are scams or those that involve illegal activity either to acquire money or to disperse it.
  • Whistleblower Fights for Professional Cheerleaders
    A former National Football League (NFL) cheerleader has spent the past year fighting how the organization treats women.
  • Specific Performance in Contracts - When Can I Request it?
    Specific performance as part of a contract is when someone signs the document and is bound by the terms of the contract stipulations that require certain services performed or accomplished within the bounds of the clauses. The document should have specific language that explains what performance is necessary to satisfy the contractual obligations.
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    Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide discussing legal aspects related to Leisure including: art and cultural property, entertainment law, gaming, hospitality law, sports and recreation, tourism and travel.

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