Updates from the Director


The Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations typically publishes updates from its director a few times each year. You can see all of CIHLER’s news and features on BusinessFeed.

David Sherwyn

David Sherwyn

Academic Director of CIHLER; John and Melissa Ceriale Professor of Hospitality Human Resources 607.255.1711

November 2020

Greetings from Ithaca, NY! Despite the passing of time, the leaves changing and falling, there does not seem to be a clear end to the pandemic. Obviously, our industry has been hit harder than any other and the world of employment and labor relations has never been more relevant and uncertain. Since last March, we have experienced lay-offs, furloughs, closures, new laws, new regulations, new guest demands, new employee concerns, new owner/operator disputes, and drastic decreases in revenue.

We at CIHLER continue to try to be a resource for our members and the industry. In the last nine months we have done eight webinars, and have two more scheduled this month. We are also planning four Virtual Roundtables to allow our members to interact with each other and provide guidance to those facing new challenges.

The roundtables topics are:

  1. Management Labor and Employment Law
  2. Plaintiffs’ Side Employment Law
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. An Open Roundtable for all our members, students, and the public to discuss the effect of the election on labor and employment law

In addition, CIHLER was featured in Georgetown Law’s Virtual 2020 Hotel and Lodging Legal Summit on October 22nd in a session, called Labor and Employment Challenges Raised by the Pandemic, featuring CIHLER members: Mike Lebowich, Jamie Novikoff, Paul Wagner, and Celeste Yeager. Last, our members continue to produce significant guidance for employers – please see our webpage for more.

Our 15th Annual HR in Hospitality Conference is still a go. We are planning on April 26-28th at the Del Coronado Resort in San Diego. While we cannot guarantee that we will not have to move to a virtual event, we believe that a Center serving the hospitality industry needs to be ready to return to, or create a new, normal when it comes to live conferences and we hope to see you all in April!

The pandemic has changed and disrupted all of our lives – we hope that CIHLER has been, and will continue to be, a place for the industry to share information and learn from each other.  I look forward to seeing look forward to seeing you, in person, soon!


Previous Director's Updates

Below are previous director’s messages from David Sherwyn, founding academic director of the Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.