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Ms. Sova

Kristine Sova

Attorney, Law Office of Kristine A. Sova

Kristine Sova, formerly an attorney with Venable LLP, launched the Law Office of Kristine A. Sova after a decade of success practicing labor and employment law at some of NYC's premiere law firms. In her practice, Ms. Sova defends employers against allegations of federal, state and local equal employment opportunity, reasonable accommodation, leave, and wage-and-hour law violations. Ms. Sova also devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling employers on ways to avoid litigation through business decisions, such as advising on issues pertaining to employee relations, policy and practice development and implementation, employment contracts and separation agreements, termination of employment, and reductions in force, and regularly training managerial and rank-and-file employees on harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention. Ms. Sova's practice also includes the representation of management in union negotiations as well as in collective bargaining and related disputes before the National Labor Relations Board and in arbitral forums. In addition, Ms. Sova represents clients in audits and investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and other governmental agencies on issues such as I-9s and employment eligibility as well as misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Ms. Sova can be contacted at 646-558-2296 or kristine@sovalaw.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.