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Mr. Kravetz

Dana Kravetz

Managing Partner, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

Dana A. Kravetz is the Managing Partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R) and leads the firm's Employment Litigation Practice Group. Mr. Kravetz focuses his practice on counseling and litigating on behalf of hotel and resort management. He routinely defends his clients in various employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment prevention, wrongful termination, reduction in workforce, hiring practices, and wage and hour issues, including class action litigation.

Mr. Kravetz has significant experience with virtually every aspect of employment litigation. Mr. Kravetz frequently handles whistleblower claims, and routinely advises and litigates disputes concerning state and federal acts, including the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Mr. Kravetz also assists companies faced with Department of Labor (DOL) audits and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) claims and audits. He counsels and litigates on behalf of clients in matters involving executive employment contract disputes, independent contractor issues, misclassification and non-competition agreements.

Mr. Kravetz adeptly drafts, reviews and negotiates employment contracts and separation agreements, including non-disclosure and trade secret covenants, for executives, management, partnerships and consultants. He advises clients on workplace training, investigations and compliance.

Among Mr. Kravetzís clients are prominent hotels, restaurants and food and beverage wholesalers. Mr. Kravetz was selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Best Lawyers in America USA Guide (Labor Law, Management). He has been named to the list of Southern Californiaís Super Lawyers from 2005-2016, and in both 2015 and 2016 received special recognition as one of the Top 100 attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Mr. Kravetz serves on the Government & Legal Relations Committee of the California Hotel & Lodging Association and is an Advisory Board Member of the Cornell Institute for Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations.

Please visit http://www.mrllp.com/professionals-Dana-Kravetz.html for more information.

Mr. Kravetz can be contacted at 310-564-2670 or dkravetz@mrllp.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.