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Mr. Chasnow

Bob Chasnow

Attorney, Holland & Knight

Robert M. Chasnow is a partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight and is co leader of the firm's Timeshare and Resort Community Development Practice Group. Mr. Chasnow has focused on timeshare law, and resort development and land sales law since 1974. Mr. Chasnow practices throughout the U.S. and in the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada, on behalf of developers, marketers, and financiers on the legal aspects of development and compliance with governmental requirements. Mr. Chasnow and his practice group also represent developers and lenders with respect to acquisition, construction and receivables financing including securitization, and represent developers, public companies and financiers with respect to due diligence, mergers, and acquisitions in the timeshare and resort real estate fields.

Mr. Chasnow can be contacted at 202-955-3000 or robert.chasnow@hklaw.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.