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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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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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.


Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor & Employment Relations BusinessFeed

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March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Can you–and should you–’shelter in place’ at a hotel or vacation rental?

David Sherwyn, professor of hospitality human resources, says hotel companies are doing everything they can to make their environments and safe as possible against COVID-19.

A male and a female student sit behind a table.
March 1, 2020

Roundtable Recap: Students discuss card check, Airbnb, and $15 minimum wage

Labor Relations in Hospitality Roundtable looks at impact on the hospitality industry of changing technology, Airbnb, and wage increase.

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February 18, 2020

Noteworthy: Faculty discuss technology’s impact on labor and employment laws for hotel teams

According to professors Sherwyn (SHA) and Wagner (Dyson), as hotels implement new technology, legal implications of these initiatives often come into play.


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