The Front Desk

LABOR/LEGAL COUNSEL

One of the most critical services that the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. offers to its members is legal representation in labor-related matters including contract negotiations, mediation and arbitration. The Association retains Kane Kessler, P.C., a mid-sized full service New York City based regional law firm, with a department specializing in Labor and Employment Law. They represent Association members at mediation hearings, arbitrations at the Office of the Impartial Chairman and in proceedings before various government agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights. They also serve as legal counsel to the Association's Pension and Welfare Plans and to the Hotel/Union Taft-Hartley Funds.

As labor relations counsel, they provide ongoing guidance in matters affecting employee-employer relations, labor relations and Human Resources matters such as employment discrimination and applicable local, state and federal regulations. Frequently, they issue memoranda on topical issues and conduct seminars for the membership to keep them abreast of all legal developments affecting the industry.

LEGAL COUNSEL

The law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery serves as the Association's general counsel. They are charged with keeping our membership abreast of current federal laws and regulations and the affect that they have on hotel business operations. Routinely, they provide reports on new and changing laws and regulations and legal bulletins that interpret these laws and detail requirements for compliance. Reports are also produced on a variety of subjects: Hotel security and guest property, hotel liability for fire and safety, employee discrimination, sexual harassment, FCC investigation of telephone charges by the telephone companies servicing hotels, the investigation of employee tip reporting practices, questions of guest room privacy in drug use cases, to name a few.

STATE/CITY LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION

In order to maintain a strong position in all state and local laws affecting our membership, the Association retains the firm of Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker. They are responsible for keeping our Association current on relevant state and city legislative issues affecting the economic and labor demands of the industry. They monitor and review all pending state legislation, agency rules and regulations which affect the membership. This affords the Association the opportunity to contribute to decisions in the formative stages regarding issues that have direct bearing on the hotel industry.

FIRE PROTECTION AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Fire and safety issues have become more complex over the past several years. Increased technical expertise and up-to-date knowledge of fire/building codes and regulations are essential for today's hotel owners and operators. As part of this arrangement, the association provides advice and guidance to individual hotels. As to public safety, the Association has regular meetings with the leaders of the New York City Police Department and the New York City Fire Department so that its membership is kept apprised of all matters relating to security issues.

INTERNATIONAL HOTEL/MOTEL & RESTAURANT SHOW

Each November the Association co-sponsors the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association. This show draws more than 60,000 attendees annually, and has over 1,500 exhibitors from all sectors of the industry. It is currently managed by George Little Management Co.

ASSOCIATION/NATIONAL INVOLVEMENT

With tourism as a major source of revenue for New York City, it is no surprise that the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. holds a prominent position in the City's tourism industry and economic development through direct representation on the Board of Directors of the New York Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

In addition to its major role in tourism, the Association is also recognized as a leader in New York's hospitality industry. As such, it maintains a close working relationship with the New York State Restaurant Association, the Association for a Better New York, the New York Chamber of Commerce, the New York City Partnership, the New York Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, among others.

INDUSTRY AFFILIATIONS

Members of the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. receive automatic membership in the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.