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Ms. Sova

Kristine Sova

Attorney, Law Office of Kristine A. Sova

Kristine Sova, formerly an attorney with Venable LLP, launched the Law Office of Kristine A. Sova after a decade of success practicing labor and employment law at some of NYC's premiere law firms. In her practice, Ms. Sova defends employers against allegations of federal, state and local equal employment opportunity, reasonable accommodation, leave, and wage-and-hour law violations. Ms. Sova also devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling employers on ways to avoid litigation through business decisions, such as advising on issues pertaining to employee relations, policy and practice development and implementation, employment contracts and separation agreements, termination of employment, and reductions in force, and regularly training managerial and rank-and-file employees on harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention. Ms. Sova's practice also includes the representation of management in union negotiations as well as in collective bargaining and related disputes before the National Labor Relations Board and in arbitral forums. In addition, Ms. Sova represents clients in audits and investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and other governmental agencies on issues such as I-9s and employment eligibility as well as misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Ms. Sova can be contacted at 646-558-2296 or kristine@sovalaw.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.