Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) and Michelman & Robinson, LLP
Topics of Discussion for the Roundtable
1. DOL and NLRB – The United States Department of Labor recently announced its withdrawal of the guidance put in place by the Obama administration on the joint-employer issue. Does the move have any immediate impact on the hotel industry given that the Browning-Ferris Industries decision is still on appeal? And what is the future of the hotel franchise model given the current administration’s pro-business leanings? What is the impact on the industry with the expected Trump administration appointments to the NLRB?
2. Local ordinances – Cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle have in place local ordinances that alter the landscape of doing business in particular cities. What impact will these ordinances have on hotel business models? How can hoteliers manage the compliance complexities of local and State ordinances versus Federal Law?
3. Legalization of marijuana – The use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes has become legal in several jurisdictions. In the wake of changing state laws, how should (and do) hoteliers manage their workforces in light of marijuana’s growing acceptance and legality?
Bonus discussion of the fate of binding arbitration in employment.