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Ms. Pohlid

Kathleen Pohlid

Founder & Managing Member, Pohlid, PLLC

Kathleen Pohlid is the founder and managing member of the law firm of Pohlid, PLLC in the Nashville, Tennessee area. She advises business clients in matters including employment, occupational safety and health, Americans with Disabilities Act (accommodation & discrimination) and regulatory compliance. Her goal is to enable clients to comply with the myriad of state and federal laws to succeed in their business, mindful of the challenges facing businesses and the importance of cost effectiveness. She has advised and represented businesses in a variety of industries including restaurants, hotels, and other entities in the tourism and hospitality industries. Ms. Pohlid has over 20 years of combined federal government and private sector experience in employment law and litigation. She has represented clients in various industries including construction, restaurant and hotel services, entertainment, media and publication, transportation, fuel/energy services, retail, manufacturing, and other sectors of business. Ms. Pohlid holds an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell (highest for professional competency and ethics), a B.S. degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a J.D. from Samford University. Following law school, Ms. Pohlid served a federal clerkship to the Honorable T. Michael Putnam, U.S. Magistrate, Northern District of Alabama. She formerly represented the Secretary of Labor as a trial attorney for twelve years with the Office of the Solicitor, U.S. Department of Labor before going into private practice representing business clients in various industries. Ms. Pohlid is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and the Associated General Contractors of America. She regularly writes and speaks professionally on employment law and regulatory compliance matters. In 2010, Ms. Pohlid retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Colonel, having served two combat deployments. Her military duty assignments include duty in Japan, Djibouti, Africa and Iraq. Ms. Pohlid is also a former columnist for The Birmingham News for which she wrote a weekly column for 15 years profiling volunteers and their contributions to the community. She is an avid traveler and has visited all 50 states and six continents. Please visit http://www.pohlid.com for more information.

Ms. Pohlid can be contacted at 615-369-0810 or kpohlid@pohlid.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.