Hot Topics in U.S. Labor and Employment Law for the Hospitality Industry

Date(s) of Presentation
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

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Program Description:

The hospitality industry continues to be inundated with litigation and a wide array of other legal challenges in the labor and employment law arena.  This session will be presented by labor and employment lawyers from across the country who will provide you with practical guidance on the most important issues affecting your industry including: 

  • Special immigration issues:notices of inspection; ensuring that your I-9 electronic software is up to date and compliant; E-verify; and DOJ’s revitalization of immigration-related discrimination actions.
  • Hot topics in wage and hour law:unique exempt/non-exempt rules; paid and unpaid internships; tip pooling; service charges; meal and rest periods; and uniforms.
  •  Union organizing:  the latest trends in union organizing at hotels and restaurants; the techniques currently being employed to organize hotel and restaurant workers; and how you can maintain a union-free workplace.



  • J. Bruce Cross, Moderator, Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon& Galchus P.C., Little Rock, AR
  • Anna M. Elento-Sneed,Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Honolulu, HA
  • Steven M. Gutierrez,Partner, Holland and Hart LLP, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Felicia R. Reid, Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, San Francisco, CA
  • Mark J. Swerdlin, Shawe & Rosenthal, LLP, Baltimore, MD
  • Sarah Lea Tobocman,Gunster, Yoakley and Stewart, P.C., Miami, FL