Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations

The Cornell Institute for 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 institute sponsors research, classroom enrichment, and industry roundtables. The institute also offers a forum for the most recent analysis of labor and employment law by experts and practitioners throughout the industry.


Director's Welcome

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.  Learn More

Student Engagement

Student Engagement

CIHLER provides students with a variety of opportunities to stay actively engaged in the industry’s key labor and employment issues. Through the institute’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

Industry Intelligence

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

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Happening at the Institute

Roundtable Discussion

Roundtable discusses Trump, automation, and Airbnb

Four leading industry experts were invited to a recent roundtable to discuss several current topics affecting...

SHA ILR Arbitration Field Trip

Hotelies and ILR students see arbitration come to life in NYC

With support from CIHLER, students from SHA and ILR traveled to New York City to observe an actual arbitration...

HR in Hospitality reception

HR in Hospitality Conference advances Cornell students' education

For fourteen Cornell University students, their trip to attend the annual HR in Hospitality Conference and Expo in Las Vegas was a capstone for their hospitality and labor-related education.


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