Sixth Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo

February 27, 2012
Human Resource Executive Magazine, Cornell University ILR School and Cornell University School of Hotel Administration
Hyatt RegencySan Francisco, CA

The Sixth Annual National HR in Hospitality Conference & Expo will feature numerous breakout sessions with targeted content specifically for larger and smaller organizations, unionized and non-unionized workplaces, and other industry segments. With 10 sessions featuring essential legal guidance and content specific to hospitality HR professionals, this conference will offer proven techniques that are effective and essential.

Fox Rothschild Attorneys Alexander Hernaez, Carolyn Richmond and Nancy Yaffe will participate in the following sessions:

50 Legal Tips in 50 Minutes

Monday, Feb. 27
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Say goodbye to sleep-inducing case reviews and confusing legalese. This high-energy session combines speed dating with practical tips and strategies – in plain English. Each of our hospitality law experts gets just 60 seconds to give you a specific legal pointer on hot topics such as wage-and-hour compliance, EEO trends, new NLRB interpretations and more.

Speakers:

Ilene Berman, Partner, Taylor English & Duma, Atlanta
Gregg Gilman, Partner, Davis & Gilbert, New York City
David Sherwyn, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, N.Y.
Paul E. Wagner, Shareholder, Stokes Roberts & Wagner, Ithaca, N.Y.
Nancy Yaffe , Partner, Fox Rothschild, Los Angeles, CA

Moderator:
Claude J. Werder, VP Conferences, Human Resource ExecutiveConferences

HR Issues That Can Destroy Your Business

Monday, Feb. 27
3 - 4 p.m.

Intended for businesses with less than 2,500 employees and/or limited HR staff. Litigation and complaints are costly and burdensome for any business, but the expenses and public relations fallout can prove fatal for smaller hospitality operations. Join our speakers for a dynamic discussion that covers a broad array of topics, including tactics for DOL audits and other compliance challenges, workplace bullying, immigration, the criminal side of sexual harassment complaints, and how non-solicitation and non-compete agreements are impacting workplaces.

Speakers:

John Gessner, VP and General Counsel, Front Burner Restaurants, LLP Dallas
Carolyn Richmond , Partner, Fox Rothschild, New York City

The DOL Audit: Are You Ready?

Monday, Feb. 27
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Specifically for companies with more than 2,500 employees.

Department of Labor audits and litigation against nationwide hospitality employers continue to rise, putting over-stretched HR teams under even more administrative and financial pressure. This session provides an open dialogue around current case law and trends that are of particular interest to businesses looking to develop a holistic approach to audits and compliance. Join our speakers to discuss service charge, overtime exceptions, immigration, tip pooling, arbitration clauses and class actions, and other high-risk compliance issues.

Speakers:

AJ Kamra, Director, Corporate Human Resources, The Dow Hotel Company, Seattle
Carolyn Richmond , Partner, Fox Rothschild, New York City

The 3rd Annual Cornell University Executive Summit

Tuesday, Feb. 28
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.

You get to set the agenda for this rejuvenated version of an old favorite. We’ll develop a list of 12 topics based on the latest trends in hospitality HR. Through electronic voting, you will select the two topics which will be debated by our distinguished Summit panel of HR leaders, hospitality employment attorneys and academics. Benefit from hearing the viewpoints of the best minds in the industry and take advantage of the opportunity to add your own insights.

Panelists:

Debbie Brown, VP HR, The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Seattle
Greg Gilman, Partner, Davis & Gilbert, New York City
AJ Kamra, Director Corporate Human Resources, The Dow Hotel Company, Seattle
Harry Katz, Kenneth F. Kahn Dean and Jack Sheinkman Professor, Cornell University ILR School,Ithaca, N.Y.
Leslie Lerude, VP, People and Culture, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, San Francisco
Robert Mellwig, VP Human Resources, Destination Hotels, Englewood, Colo.
Alan Momeyer, VP Human Resources, Loews Corporation, New York City
Doug Patrick, SVP Human Resources, Hyatt Hotels, Chicago
Carolyn Richmond , Partner, Fox Rothschild, New York City
Greg Smith, EVP Human Resources, Denihan Hospitality Group, New York City
David Specht, VP Human Resources, Patina Group, Los Angeles
Paul Wagner, Shareholder, Stokes, Roberts & Wagner, Ithaca, N.Y.
Moderators:
Dave Sherwyn, Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, N.Y.
Bruce Tracey, Associate Professor, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Ithaca, N.Y.

Managing the Alternative Hospitality Workforce

Wednesday, Feb. 29
8:45-10:15 a.m.

Alternative workforce solutions are changing the very concept of employment in the hospitality sector. Outsourcing, temporary hires, independent contractors and subcontracting have become part and parcel of staffing solutions. Harry Katz will lead a panel discussion probing the complexities of managing the growing contingent employee base. You’ll learn what you need to know – and do – to comply with the operating realities of the changing workforce.

Speakers:

Alex Hernaez , Partner, Fox Rothschild, San Francisco
Doug Patrick, SVP Human Resources, Hyatt Hotels, Chicago

Moderator:
Harry Katz, Kenneth F. Kahn Dean and Jack Sheinkman Professor, Cornell University ILR School, Ithaca, N.Y.

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