Cornell University Faculty to Present on "Fight for $15," Employee Engagement, Joint Employer Doctrine, and More at HR in Hospitality Conference

Jan 13, 2016

Contact: Rennette Fortune, LRP Publications, 561.622.6520,

Scottsdale, Ariz., January 13, 2016 - The HR in Hospitality Conference, in partnership with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, and Cornell University ILR School, announced the tenth annual event will feature presentations by Cornell University faculty members Rachel Aleks, Kevin Hallock, Harry Katz, David Sherwyn, and J. Bruce Tracey.

HR in Hospitality Conference, being held March 14 - 16, 2016 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, will host HR and legal experts providing actionable tips, innovative ideas, and practical solutions. Attendees will be equipped with guidelines for navigating the industry's changing landscape including employee engagement, working with unions, the joint employer doctrine, minimum wage, and more.

"Cornell University's distinguished faculty offer a unique perspective because of their years of research in HR and legal challenges impacting the hospitality industry," said Ed Chase, vice president of conferences at LRP Publications, organizers of the HR in Hospitality Conference. "With seasoned insight gained through decades of scholarship, these thought leaders will provide guidance that will surely benefit our attendees."

In The Minimum Wage Movement: Where Is It? Where Is It Going? What Does It Mean? session, Cornell's Hallock will present attendees with a complete picture of the minimum wage battle and what they can do to prepare their organizations. Alongside David Cooper of the Economics Policy Institute and Zev J. Eigen of Northwestern University Law School, Hallock will explore hotel employees' positions on local minimums and discuss the "fight for $15" and the implications associated with it.

Another session including Cornell University professors is the Working With Unions for Success session. Aleks and Katz, alongside Laura FitzRandolph of Interstate Hotels & Resorts and Steve Swirsky of Epstein Becker & Green, will discuss how some hospitality employers have worked with unions to improve guest service and productivity while making the relationship beneficial to both sides.

Three highly anticipated sessions will feature J. Bruce Tracey. The HR Life Outside of Hospitality: A Look From the Other Side session, presented with Ed Evans of Gravitas, Cary Friedman of Credit Suisse and Henrik Mansson, of LVMH, will share insights regarding the most effective ways to identify, adapt, and exploit policies, practices, and systems that have brought success to other companies—within and outside the hospitality segment.

Tracey's Strategies for Working With Owners session, presented with the Kessler Collection's Melissa Van Dine and Laura Van Til, will identify key obstacles and lessons learned from the Kessler Collection's efforts to build a healthy and sustainable working relationship.

An attendee favorite, HR Tips and Trends, is a fast-paced session where Tracey and respected industry leaders Debbie Brown of Four Season Hotels & Resorts, Carolyn Clark of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Robert Mellwig of Destination Hotels and Resorts/Lowe Enterprises, and Alan Momeyer of Loews Corporation will share best practices and expert guidance on key HR strategies.

Additionally, Tracey and Sherwyn, plus 13 other top HR executives and veteran employment law attorneys, will participate in the 7th Annual Cornell University Executive Summit. Giving attendees a unique opportunity to witness and learn from the strategic and practical discussions that occur in boardrooms across the country, the summit will probe the significant issues challenging the hospitality space as well as their root causes. Attendees will gain viable strategies, programming, tactics, and tools, along with tips on how to apply them in their organizations.

Sherwyn will also participate in the 50 Legal Tips in 50 Minutes session. Leading hospitality attorneys Ilene Berman, Gregg Gilman, Kara Maciel, David Ritter, and Celeste Yeager will take turns presenting concise, practical tips for HR professionals on critical employment and labor law issues such as class actions, wage and hour compliance, gender bias, social media, microbargaining, and other key topics.

In addition, Sherwyn will present in The Joint Employer Doctrine: Is HR Responsible for Leased and Franchised Employees? session with attorney Gregg Gilman. They will discuss the joint employer doctrine's effect on employment and its specific impact on hospitality.

Professionals are encouraged to register for the HR in Hospitality Conference by February 10 to save $300.00 off the on-site rate. Visit or call toll-free 800.727.1227 for more details.

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About National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo
National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo, established in 2007, is recognized as the nation's only conference for human resources, labor relations, and employment law professionals at hotels, resorts, restaurants, airlines, and all other sectors within the hospitality industry. HR in Hospitality is annually produced by  Human Resource Executive® Magazine and LRP Publications in partnership with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations, and Cornell University ILR School. The HR in Hospitality conference program is consistently designed to address the unique challenges human resource management in the hospitality industry face by providing targeted guidance, HR recertification, and networking opportunities. For more information or to register, please visit or call toll-free 800.727.1227. Join the HR in Hospitality discussions on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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