Labor and Employment Law Session Highlights HR in Hospitality Conference

Jan 24, 2011

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Labor and Employment Law Session Highlights HR in Hospitality Conference

Cornell Center for Hospitality Research panel focuses on current critical hot topics in labor law

Ithaca, NY, January 24, 2011 – The agenda will be determined on the spot by panelists and participants at a plenary session on “Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law,” at the April 2011 HR in Hospitality Conference. During the session, four attorneys who practice labor and employment law will focus on the critical issues for the hospitality industry, including discrimination, immigration policy, and retaliation. Three of the four panelists represent partners of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR). Moderated by David Sherwyn, associate professor at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, the session will present the following labor law experts:

  • Gregg Gilman, Partner and Co-Chair, Labor & Employment Practices, Davis & Gilbert LLP, New York City;
  • Carolyn Richmond, Partner and National Co-Chair, Hospitality Practice, Fox Rothschild LLP, New York City;
  • Leslie E. Silverman, Partner, Proskauer, Washington, D.C.; and
  • Paul Wagner, Shareholder, Stokes Roberts & Wagner, Ithaca, NY

Richmond, who represents most of New York City’s major restaurant groups, stated: “This will be a valuable discussion for hospitality managers who need to know the latest developments in labor and employment law. It will be right up to the moment, and we don’t pull any punches. The other attorneys and I will focus on the pitfalls and potential problems in current case law, based directly on matters that we have personally handled. I encourage conference participants to bring their questions.”

Davis and Gilbert LLP, Fox Rothschild LLP, and Proskauer are partners of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research, as is LRP Publications, which publishes Human Resource Executive® magazine and has developed the HR in Hospitality Conference and Expo in association with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration and School of Industrial Relations. The fifth annual conference is set for April 4–6 at the Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, D.C. Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law will be held during the conference, on Tuesday, April 5.

Earlier that day, before Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law, the HR in Hospitality Conference will feature the Cornell HR Executive Summit, which is also driven by the critical human resources issues facing conference participants. In Part I of the summit, J. Bruce Tracey, associate professor of management at the School of Hotel Administration, will lead a discussion on human resources strategies. In Part II of the summit, Sherwyn will lead a discussion of current issues with employment law experts from the industry's leading organizations, including CHR partners Davis & Gilbert, Denihan Hospitality Group, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fox Rothschild LLP, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Proskauer, and CHR friend, Wyndham Worldwide. Then the expert “Hot Topics” panel will take on some of those legal issues in the following plenary session.

About the HR in Hospitality Conference

Distinguished Cornell Hotel School faculty and alumni are lined up to discuss HR strategy and legal issues for the hospitality industry at this year’s HR in Hospitality Conference, April 4 – 6, 2011, Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C.
Under the fresh thought-leadership of Cornell alumni and new Conference Chair JoAnne Kruse, who brings years of industry experience to the table, this year’s program is the best ever and sure to meet your needs. What’s more, the entire program is developed by institutions you trust: the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research, School of Hotel Administration and ILR School, in partnership with Human Resource Executive® magazine.

Registrants save $400.00 off the on-site conference rate through February 18.
About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's 81 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. The center also publishes the award-winning hospitality journal, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit

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