CIHLER Los Angeles Regional Roundtable

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July 11, 2017 12:00 PM  Duration: 4:30 hour(s)

The Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations with support from our Institute member, Michelman & Robinson, LLP will be presenting this roundtable. Regional Roundtables are designed to provide a forum to expand the reach of the Institute and the discussion of relevant and timely topics.

Topics of Discussion for the Roundtable
1. DOL and NLRB – The United States Department of Labor recently announced its withdrawal of the guidance put in place by the Obama administration on the joint-employer issue. Does the move have any immediate impact on the hotel industry given that the Browning-Ferris Industries decision is still on appeal? And what is the future of the hotel franchise model given the current administration’s pro-business leanings? What is the impact on the industry with the expected Trump administration appointments to the NLRB?
2. Local ordinances – Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle have in place local ordinances that alter the landscape of doing business in particular cities. What impact will these ordinances have on hotel business models? How can hoteliers manage the compliance complexities of local and State ordinances versus Federal Law?
3. Legalization of marijuana – The use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes has become legal in several jurisdictions. In the wake of changing state laws, how should (and do) hoteliers manage their workforces in light of marijuana’s growing acceptance and legality?

David Sherwyn, ILR ’86, JD ’89, John & Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources, Academic Director of CIHLER and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Fathi Abdulkarim, Area Manager Los Angeles / Orange County, Aceparking
Carol Akatcherian, Director of Finance, Sheraton Grand Los Angeles
Dominique Chavarria, Human Resource Manager, Aramark
Mark Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sun Hill Properties LLC
Ashley Eberhard, Director, Talent and Culture, Sofitel Los Angeles
Caroline George, General Counsel, Crescent Hotels and Resorts, LLC
Michael Giampa, Director, PwC
Joanne Jensen, Director of Human Resources, Sethi Management, Inc.
David Klein, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.
Kyle Klein, Associate Attorney, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Dana Kravetz, Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Rachel (Hoffheimer) Levitt, Vice President, HVS Executive Search
Maud Lindseth MMH ’15, Human Resources Manager, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Victor Mera, Director of Human Resources, IHG – Crowne Plaza / LAX
Paul Palkovic, Vice President, Bolton and Company
Lara Shortz, Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Diyari Vázquez, Counsel, Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Janet Wruck, Director of Human Resources, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel


Luxe Hotel, Downtown, 1020 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, C.A. 90015


David Sherwyn, ILR ’86, JD ’89


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