Editorial Board   

Mr. Walner

Doug Walner

President & CEO, Psychological Services, Inc.

Doug Walner, PSI's President and Chief Executive Officer, drives the strategic goals and day-to-day operations of the Company. With nearly fifteen years of professional experience and significant executive expertise in the technology sector, having led a variety of marketing and business and product development functions for industry-leading technology players, Walner was appointed President in 2002 and Chief Executive Officer of PSI in 2005. Under his leadership, PSI has fortified its market leadership position in the testing space by developing and introducing ATLASTM, a cutting-edge technology platform to provide comprehensive examination administration services, as well as web-based pre-employment selection products and management assessment tools in the enterprise space. PSI has also experienced record revenue and profitability growth during his tenure. Walner received his Bachelor or Arts degree in History from Tulane University.

Mr. Walner can be contacted at 818-847-6180 or doug@psionline.com

Coming up in December 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.