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Mr. O'Hara III

Robert J. O'Hara III

Attorney, Flaherty & O'Hara, PC

Robert “R.J.” O’Hara received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Dayton in 1989 and his B.A. in English in 1985 from the same school. He served as Articles Editor of the University of Dayton Law Review and is a member of the National Honors Society in History. Mr. O’Hara was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar and the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania in 1989. He was a co-founder of the Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants and is chair of its Board. He is an associate member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, the National Association of Alcohol Beverage Administrators, the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, HospitalityLawyers.Com. He is often an invited speaker at national and regional conferences on alcohol-related topics. R.J. provides general liquor licensing counsel, handles ownership changes, litigation, citations and administrative hearings, and advises clients on complex national licensing issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He represents investment and financial companies entering the hospitality, restaurant and alcohol manufacturing spaces and he is adept at addressing their unique concerns as they relate to liquor licensing and compliance. He also advises clients on the legality of national alcohol promotions and marketing programs. Mr. O’Hara conducts seminars for clients regarding liquor liability and related restaurant and alcohol management issues, oversees employee integrity testing and employee compliance with employer alcohol policies through the implementation of targeted secret shopper programs and often drafts liquor-oriented legislation. Mr. O’Hara is also a shareholder and board member in a craft brewery, Erie Brewing Company in Erie, PA, maker of Railbender Ale, an award-winning Scotch ale.

Mr. O'Hara III can be contacted at 412-456-2001 or rj@flaherty-ohara.com

Coming up in March 2018...

Human Resources: Value Creation

Businesses must evolve to stay competitive and this is also true of employment positions within those organizations. In the hotel industry, for example, the role that HR professionals perform continues to broaden and expand. Today, they are generally responsible for five key areas - government compliance; payroll and benefits; employee acquisition and retention; training and development; and organizational structure and culture. In this enlarged capacity, HR professionals are no longer seen as part of an administrative cost center, but rather as a member of the leadership team that creates strategic value within their organization. HR professionals help to define company policies and plans; enact and enforce systems of accountability; and utilize definable metrics to measure and justify outcomes. Of course, there are always new issues for HR professionals to address. Though seemingly safe for the moment, will the Affordable Care Act ultimately be repealed and replaced and, if so, what will the ramifications be? There are issues pertaining to Millennials in the workforce and women in leadership roles, as well as determining the appropriate use of social media within the organization. There are new onboarding processes and e-learning training platforms to evaluate, in addition to keeping abreast of political issues like the minimum wage hike movement, or the re-evaluation of overtime rules. Finally, there are genuine immigration and deportation issues that affect HR professionals, especially if they are located in Dreamer Cities, or employ a workforce that could be adversely impacted by federal government policies. The March Hotel Business Review will take a look at some of the issues, strategies and techniques that HR professionals are employing to create and sustain value in their organization.