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Mr. Kravetz

Dana Kravetz

Firm Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Dana A. Kravetz is the Firm Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R), a national law firm headquartered in Los Angeles, with additional offices in Orange County (California), San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Also the leader of M&R's Hospitality Industry Group, Mr. Kravetz focuses his practice on the representation of hotel and restaurant management, specializing in a range of employment law matters - discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower and class action litigation, sexual harassment prevention, workforce reduction, hiring best practices and wage and hour issues, among them.

In addition, Mr. Kravetz advises and litigates on behalf of clients in connection with executive employment contract disputes; independent contractor and misclassification issues; and non-competition, separation and non-disclosure agreements. He handles workplace training, investigations, compliance and audits as well.

A hospitality industry authority, Mr. Kravetz is an active participant in the space. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations and the Planning Committee for the Americas Lodging Investment Summit Law Conference. In both roles, he collaborates to identify hot topics facing hoteliers and develop programming to educate them.

Mr. Kravetz is also involved in the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and he is a member of the Government & Legal Relations Committee of the California Hotel & Lodging Association. There is more. He frequently speaks at national and regional hospitality industry conferences and events (like ALIS Law and HR in Hospitality), and he regularly contributes articles to HotelExecutive.

Please visit http://www.mrllp.com/professionals-Dana-Kravetz.html for more information.

Mr. Kravetz can be contacted at 310-299-5500 or dkravetz@mrllp.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.