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Ms. Lewis

Rene Lewis

Director of Human Resources , Signature Worldwide

As the director of human resources for Signature Worldwide, Rene Lewis is responsible for talent management, employee relations, workforce planning, change management, company communications, leadership training and strategic organization planning. Ms. Lewis brings nearly 15 years of human resources experience to Signature, with 10 of those years being at the leadership level. She has held manager and director positions while working for such companies as Red Envelope, Orange County California, Gap Inc. and Caterpillar Logistics Services. Ms. Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in political science from The Ohio State University. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as well as a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA). As a member of the Society for Human Resource management and the American Society for Training and Development, Ms. Lewis is a frequent speaker at company events and has often worked with clients regarding employee relations programs recognition and progress.

Ms. Lewis can be contacted at 614-766-5101 or renelewis@signatureworldwide.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.