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Ms. Ryan

Andria Ryan

Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Andria Lure Ryan is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, and she serves as the chair of the firm's Hospitality Industry Practice Group. She joined the law firm in 1988. Ms. Ryan represents numerous hotel, resort, restaurant and related employers throughout the United States in various phases of labor and employment law. She spends much of her time counseling employers in day-to-day employment and labor decisions and educating employers about prevention and practical solutions to workplace problems. In 2005, Ms. Ryan served as chair of the State Bar of Georgia's Labor and Employment Law Section. She is an active member on the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Human Resources Committee. In addition, she is a frequent speaker to industry groups and human resources professionals on such topics as avoiding harassment in the workplace, maintaining a union-free workplace, wage and hour and immigration compliance, avoiding discrimination claims, proper interviewing and effective discipline and discharge techniques. Ms. Ryan has authored numerous articles for industry publications including most recently articles about appearance policies and the use of criminal background checks by employers. In 2007, she received the Chairman's Award from the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association for her development of the Employment Compliance Guide for Colorado Hospitality Employers. She also has been honored by the South Carolina Hospitality Association and the Washington Lodging Association for valuable contributions by an Allied member. Ms. Ryan is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She received a bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Catholic University.

Ms. Ryan can be contacted at 404-240-4219 or aryan@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.