From the Director


As the semester hits full swing, we at CIHLER are excited about all of our upcoming events.  First, our 14th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference is all set for April 27-29 at the Loew’s Miami Beach.  We are thrilled about this year’s agenda – more interactive sessions, new perspectives, and panels focusing on the most relevant and hottest topics.  The web site is now live and we encourage you to sign up for the early registration!

In addition to our conference, we just held our 18th Annual Labor and Employment Law Roundtable in Ithaca.  Like last year, this year’s Roundtable featured concurrent management and employee representative roundtables in the morning and a combined roundtable in the afternoon.  We are proud to be the place where employers, management lawyers, unions, and plaintiffs’ lawyers can discuss the issues that affect the workplace, exchange ideas, find perspectives they agree upon, and respectfully disagree.  This was the goal of the Center when we first designed it almost 7 years ago.  A big thanks to John Ceriale from Prospect Hotel Advisors whose vision and patronage are the heart and soul of CIHLER.

As we move into the fall, we look forward to regional roundtables in Nashville and Miami with partners, Littler and Ackerman. In addition, we plan on hosting a special Roundtable on arbitration of employment disputes.  Our goal of the event is to bring together experts from the management, union, government, and plaintiff’s perspective to answer the question that has caused great debate over the last three decades: how should employment disputes be resolved. In addition to a roundtable discussion, this event will feature papers by leading scholars and practioners with the simple mantra: create the system that has the best chance for bringing justice for all parties.  We will publish these papers on our web site and hope that all stakeholders will take note.

As always, we thank our members, our colleagues, and all those who continue to make CIHLER a relevant voice in hospitality labor and employment relations.

If you interested in joining CIHLER or getting involved, please contact Erica Heim or me.