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.

Director's Welcome

Director of CIHLER, 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

National HR in Hospitality Conference

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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

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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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

November 7, 2019

Roundtable Recap: CHILER, hospitality leaders discuss wages, harassment, and immigration

CIHLER and industry participants discussed current issues related to hospitality labor and employment relations at the Nashville Regional Roundtable.

August 6, 2019

Cross-Cornell collaboration unites ILR and SHA to advance labor relations in hospitality

From roundtables to conferences, CIHLER sponsors a variety of experiences that focus on legal issues, human resources, and labor relations in the hospitality industry.

July 15, 2019

CIHLER welcomes Christian White to industry advisory board

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations is pleased to welcome Christian White to the advisory board.


Recent CIHLER News & Articles

Announcing the 2020 HR in Hospitality Keynote Speaker

The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations (CIHLER) is excited to announce the opening keynote speaker for the 2020 National HR in Hospitality Conference: Jonathan Tisch! Jonathan Tisch is a speaker, author, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. His keynote address “Engineering Excellence: Creating Partnerships that Empower, Satisfy, and Contribute” will talk about forging strong partnerships and sustaining a culture of excellence. Don’t miss him during the opening plenary session on Monday, April 27! “Jonathan Tisch has led Loews expansion and emergence as a leading hotel company with a widely praised culture that embraces the power of partnerships – with team members, guests, communities and owners. He was voted “Hotelier of the World” by HOTELS magazine. Jonathan Tisch is the author of three best-selling books: The Power of We: Succeeding through Partnerships; Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough: Reinventing the Customer Experience; and Citizen You: Doing Your Part to Change the World. He was the host of the Emmy-nominated television series Beyond the Boardroom.” Join Jonathan Tisch and fellow attendees in Miami to gain competitive insights for leveraging the power of partnerships. To learn more about Jonathan and his exciting keynote presentation, click here.

Webinar: Labor & Employment Laws: What Hotels Need to Know

As hoteliers work to implement new technology and initiatives to improve their employee engagement, retention, efficiency, and operations, the legal implications of these new initiatives often come into play. In this webinar, Beekeeper's VP of Hospitality, Connie Rheams, sits down with David Sherwyn, Professor, Lawyer, and Academic Director of the Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and Paul Wagner, adjunct professor and attorney specializing in labor and employment law to discuss all things labor and employment law for hotel teams. Learn the answers to the biggest questions your team is facing around employment and labor when you consider implementing a new program or software.

Regional Roundtable Series Continues in LA

In July 2019, CIHLER hosted a regional roundtable with support from members Michelman & Robinson, LLP, Morgan Lewis, Newhouse Law Group and Salesboost. Regional roundtables are designed to provide a forum to expand the reach of the Center.