Do you like to wager on your golf game, pick a winner in the March Madness pool, or place a bet on NFL playoff games with a friend?Â While it’s perfectly OK to play with the loose change in your pocket, it’s never acceptable to gamble with the viability of the club you are charged with operating; nor is it wise to risk your professional reputation and career.Â But this is exactly what you do when you ignore the inherent legal and liability risks in club operations!
As the overall guardian of the club’s well-being, you as the General Manager need to be fully aware of a wide range of risks and liabilities and take the active steps to protect the interests of the club.
But how do you come to recognize the many legal landmines littering the landscape of club operations?Â Picking the brains of your club counsel at an hourly rate or scouring the trade journals for news of club court cases is hardly a cost- or time-effective way of educating yourself about the legal issues and problem areas for clubs.
But now there’s a much easier solution! Â Michelle Tanzer, noted attorney and legal expert for the club and hospitality industries, has written the definitive book covering club legal issues.Â Fully recognizing the challenge for busy club executives to find time to search out and cover all the issues, she has provided synopses of 118 club-related court cases from around the country, grouped under 18 legal categories such as Breach of Contract, Employee Discrimination, Member Discrimination, Employment, Negligence, Sale of Club, Taxation, and others.Â After summarizing the cases in each category, Ms. Tanzer, in a straightforward, non-legalese style, lists the lessons to be learned from each case and provides an action checklist for the conscientious manager to protect his or her club.
While the book is 753 pages long, the essential information is provided in the first 115 easy-to-read and well-organized pages.Â The remainder of the book covers the detail of each court case for those wanting a deeper understanding of the issues and rationale behind each decision.
The author is currently working on an updated second edition and everyone who purchases the first edition will automatically receive the update at no additional charge.
My Review: A valuable and well-presented body of important legal issues (particularly in the litigious U.S. market), this book is an essential addition to every club manager’s library.Â I learned more about club legal issues in the two hours it took to read the summarized material than during a 38-year career in hospitality management.Â The book is well-worth the $350 price given the material involved, the cost of legal counsel, and the potential consequences when you lack awareness of the issues.
Club Litigation Book â€“ Keeping Clubs Out of Court, Michelle F. Tanzer, Esq., Club Book Series, Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 2006.Â The book is available in either eshare or CD-ROM format. http://www.clubtax.com/ClubLitigation.html
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