The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) combines academic and industry resources for research, education, and dialogue dedicated to the modernization of hospitality industry labor and management relations and human resources management. To support both management and labor, the center sponsors research, classroom enrichment, and industry roundtables. The center also offers a forum for the most recent analysis of labor and employment law by experts and practitioners throughout the industry.

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Director's Welcome

David Sherwyn

"Human resources generally and labor relations specifically constitute a major element of the hospitality industry. This center is dedicated to modernizing the interaction of labor and management for the benefit of all." Read More


COVID-19 insights and tools for the hospitality industry

The School of Hotel Administration has developed a collection of resources to equip all sectors of the hospitality industry with tools and guidance as its leaders continue to navigate the unprecedented impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Board Member News: COVID-19

CIHLER Advisory Board members are often featured as thought leaders in their fields, offering guidance and insights on legal implications for organizations, managers, and employee representatives in the hospitality industry. The informative articles and updates shared are even more important when the hospitality world is changing rapidly as is happening now during the COVID-19 pandemic.


National HR in Hospitality Conference

For more than a decade, human resources professionals in the hospitality industry have relied on HR in Hospitality to equip them with powerful guidance tailored to their unique challenges

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Student Engagement

Gundeep Singh speaking at a CIHLER roundtable

CIHLER provides students with a variety of opportunities to stay actively engaged in the industry’s key labor and employment issues. Through the center's events, industry conferences, and courses, students connect with alumni and industry executives. Learn More


Corporate Relations

Endowment Giving Opportunities

You or your firm can help us modernize labor relations in the hospitality industry and expand student knowledge.

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Members

Our members have a place at the table as we analyze the latest labor law holdings and move ahead on labor relations.

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Industry Intelligence

We publish and host commentary and analysis focusing on labor and employee relations.

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Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations BusinessFeed

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June 17, 2021

Roundtable Recap: Biden’s NLRB, UNITE HERE, and the pandemic discussed at 9th Annual CIHLER Labor Relations Roundtable

CIHLER’S Ninth Annual Labor Relations Roundtable explored expected changes from the Biden administration’s National Labor Relations Board.

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May 11, 2021

Requiring the COVID-19 vaccine: insights for businesses

Cornell alumni and industry experts representing both management and workers discuss whether U.S. employers should require their employees to be vaccinated.

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March 12, 2021

19th Annual Labor and Employment Roundtable – Session 4

Hospitality labor and employment roundtable assembles different perspectives on election and pandemic effects


Members in the News

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) Advisory Board members and their companies are often featured in the news as thought leaders in their fields. Here, at CIHLER, we are proud to recognize their accomplishments. Please take a moment to learn more about our members!

April 28, 2021

AHLA, UNITE HERE Urge Congress to Pass ‘Save Hotel Jobs Act’ to Help Hotel Workers

Leisure and hospitality has lost 3.1 million jobs during the pandemic that have yet to return. Without additional support from Congress, the hospitality industry could lose 1.3 million more.

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April 26, 2021

Labor & Employment panel with Dana Kravetz, managing partner, Michelman & Robinson

“Reintegrating employees can trigger significant legal challenges to the extent the process requires employers to determine who to bring back into the workforce and when.”

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April 19, 2021

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policies and OSHA Mandates Regarding a Safe Workplace

– Dana Kravetz, managing partner, Michelman & Robinson

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CIHLER Events