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Mr. Hasek

Glenn Hasek

Publisher & Editor, Green Lodging News

Glenn Hasek is publisher and editor of Green Lodging News, a weekly e-mail newsletter now reaching more than 14,000 opt-in subscribers, and a website receiving more than 41,000 unique visitors each month. Green Lodging News covers topics ranging from energy management to water conservation to waste management to green design. Green Lodging News coverage emphasizes breaking news and trends impacting not only the environment and well-being but also the bottom line as well. Mr. Hasek, who has been quoted in many national news publications on green travel, launched Green Lodging News in July 2006.

He has more than 25 years of writing and editing experience in the lodging industry. He worked as an editor with Hotel & Motel Management (now Hotel Management) from 1989 to 1996 and then again from 2000 to 2001. He first wrote about environment-related lodging industry news with Hotel & Motel Management in 1990.

He also worked as associate editor of IndustryWeek magazine from 1996 to 2000 where he managed two projects: the IndustryWeek 1000 and the World's 100 Best Managed Companies. Since 2001 Mr. Hasek has owned his own publishing and public relations consulting company—Hasek Communications L.L.C. He has received numerous professional awards for his work and has been a featured speaker and moderator at many lodging industry events—green lodging conferences, HD Expo, brand conventions, and the International Hotel/Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS). In November 2013 and November 2014 he helped organize the Hospitality Green section of IHMRS.

Mr. Hasek graduated from Bluffton College with a B.A. in Communication and Religion in 1984 and attended Ohio University, studying journalism at the graduate level.

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Mr. Hasek can be contacted at +1 813-510-3468 or editor@greenlodgingnews.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.