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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Leisure Law - US

  • Department of Labor - Vacations

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations, sick leave or federal or other holidays. These benefits are matters of agreement between an employer and an employee (or the employee's representative).

  • DOL - Leisure and Hospitality Industry

    This section provides information relating to employment and unemployment in leisure and hospitality. While most data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys, information on industry unemployment comes from a national survey of households. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, the unemployment rate of those previously employed in the industry, job openings and labor turnover, union membership and representation, gross job gains and losses, and projections of occupational employment change.

  • Employee Leisure Time - Breaks and Meal Periods

    Federal law does not require lunch or coffee breaks. However, when employers do offer short breaks (usually lasting about 5 to 20 minutes), federal law considers the breaks as compensable work hours that would be included in the sum of hours worked during the work week and considered in determining if overtime was worked. Unauthorized extensions of authorized work breaks need not be counted as hours worked when the employer has expressly and unambiguously communicated to the employee that the authorized break may only last for a specific length of time, that any extension of the break is contrary to the employer's rules, and any extension of the break will be punished.

  • Recreation and Leisure - Definition

    Leisure can be accurately defined as some measure of time from which a person is released from those responsibilities which normally or routinely pertain to the duties they are compelled to perform. This is most often used as an expression referring to the periods of time in which a person is freed from paid work at a job. However, leisure can also include times one is temporarily released from other compulsory, but unpaid duties, such as child care, home or other maintenance, or personal obligations and matters.

Organizations Related to Leisure Law

  • American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation

    AAPAR is a membership association of professors, students, teachers, fitness professionals, recreation instructors, and community leaders who promote lifelong physical activity, adapted physical education, and recreation sports and leisure activities among people of all ages and abilities.

  • Sport and Recreation Law Association

    The Sport and Recreation Law Association is a nonprofit corporation. Our purpose is to further the study and dissemination of information regarding legal aspects of sport and recreation. The Association addresses legal aspects of sport and recreation within both the public and private sectors.

  • World Leisure Organization

    Founded in 1952, World Leisure Organization is a world-wide non-governmental association of persons and organizations dedicated to discovering and fostering those conditions best permitting leisure to serve as a force for human growth, development and well-being.

Publications Related to Leisure Law

  • Economic History Association - Hours of Work in U.S. History

    In the 1800s, many Americans worked seventy hours or more per week and the length of the workweek became an important political issue. Since then the workweek's length has decreased considerably. This article presents estimates of the length of the historical workweek in the U.S., describes the history of the shorter-hours "movement," and examines the forces that drove the workweek's decline over time.

  • Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review

    The Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review is a specialty review devoted to Enterainment, Sports, and Communications law. ELR is student edited and published at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles

Articles on HG.org Related to Leisure Law

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    Dram shop and vicarious liability could connect through criminal actions such as drunk driving and injuring others while inebriated while driving away from a bar, restaurant or another shop that sold the individual liquor. When the person driving purchased the alcohol at a specific place, he or she could pass on liability to the company an involve both in the illegal actions.
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    Sports Illustrated has reported this past week that the Dallas Mavericks face multiple claims of both hostile workplace and sexual harassment.
  • Online Gaming Trading Cards: Do U.S. States' Laws Regarding Abandoned Property Apply?
    Online gaming may present various problems to litigation and criminal violations depending on numerous factors that may occur with certain situations. When the circumstances revolve around property that is abandoned, this could lead to additional difficulties with the previous owner and the determined abandoned.
  • Why Your Music Band May Need an LLC in California
    In the beginning, things are great with your band, spending long afternoons jamming in your living room. The last thing you ever think about is needing a business lawyer for musicians.
  • The Push for More Texas Toll Roads May Face Opposition in Legislature
    One of the problems that has accompanied the burgeoning population growth in the state of Texas has been highway congestion.
  • Can Kaepernick Prove Collusion by the NFL?
    Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL for colluding to prevent him from being hired by any team. This collusion grievance allegedly stems from the protests that Kaepernick initiated during his last season with the 49ers. Despite becoming a free agent with an enviable record at the end of the 2016-2017season, he has yet to be recruited by any NFL teams and believes it is because they are actively avoiding hiring him.
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    An increase of incidents involving faulty lithium batteries also increases dangers in air travel.
  • Sports Contracts: Minor League Versus Foreign League
    Minor league sports contracts are for those that love the game but are not paid as much as major league players, and foreign leagues could offer more if the player is willing to relocate overseas. However, each contract is different, and it is important to read the fine print along with the terms and conditions that apply and how they bind the player.
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