Cornell Panel Debates Whether Labor Law Reform Is Dead or Alive
Reform May Occur Regardless of Whether Congress Acts
In addition, the panel discussed Congress's response to the Supreme Court's 2007 decision in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Inc. This 2007 decision determined that long-time Goodyear employee Lilly Ledbetter, who argued she had been discriminated against with respect to her pay many years before, had waited too long to file a claim of discrimination. This year, however, Congress overturned the Court and held that in such situations each paycheck constitutes a new discriminatory act. Accordingly, a female employee who received a 3% raise in 1990 while her male counterpart received a 5% raise can sue within 300 days of her last paycheck she received from the company. While these cases will be hard to prove, the roundtable panelists believe that it will result in record-keeping nightmares.
Meeting jointly with the roundtable on management contracts, members of the Labor and Employment Law Roundtable examined the effects of employment law on hotel management contracts. One particularly contentious issue is whether the management company or the hotel owner should take control of labor negotiations. Sherwyn pointed out: "In 2006, the unions used a brilliant strategy; they split ownership and management and got what they wanted from the negotiations." Participants agreed that the management company may or may not have different priorities than the union. If the sides do differ the union can use this to its advantage.
About Center for Hospitality Research Roundtables:
Center roundtables are a meeting place for invited senior-level hospitality industry executives and Cornell faculty members. Each roundtable lasts one day and is divided into four or five sessions. Sessions begin with a short research presentation (by a Cornell faculty member, faculty from another institution, or an industry leader) that lasts five to ten minutes. Immediately following, one or two industry discussants either support or contest the researcher's hypothesis or conclusion. The conversation is then opened up to the entire roundtable for discussion. For more information on roundtables, please visit: .
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About the Center for Hospitality Research
The purpose of the Center for Hospitality Research is to enable and conduct research of significance to the global hospitality and related service industries. CHR also works to improve the connections between academe and industry, continuing the School of Hotel Administration's long-standing tradition of service to the hospitality industry. Founded in 1992, CHR remains the industry's foremost creator and distributor of timely research, all of which is posted at no charge for all to use. In addition to its industry advisory board, CHR convenes several industry roundtables each year for the purpose of identifying new issues affecting the hospitality industry.
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