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Ms. Ryan

Andria Ryan

Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andria Lure Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and she serves as the chair of the firm's Hospitality Industry Practice Group. She joined the law firm in 1988. Ms. Ryan represents numerous hotel, resort, restaurant and related employers throughout the United States in various phases of labor and employment law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day-to-day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. In 2005, Ms. Ryan served as chair of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Section. She is an active member on the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s Human Resources Committee. In addition, she is a frequent speaker to industry groups and human resources professionals on such topics as avoiding harassment in the workplace, maintaining a union-free workplace, wage and hour and immigration compliance, avoiding discrimination claims, proper interviewing and effective discipline and discharge techniques. Ms. Ryan has authored numerous articles for industry publications including most recently articles about appearance policies and the use of criminal background checks by employers. In 2007, she received the Chairman's Award from the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association for her development of the Employment Compliance Guide for Colorado Hospitality Employers. She also has been honored by the South Carolina Hospitality Association and the Washington Lodging Association for valuable contributions by an Allied member. Ms. Ryan is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Catholic University.

Ms. Ryan can be contacted at 404-240-4219 or aryan@laborlawyers.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.