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Mr. Wald

Gregory A. Wald

Principal, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

Gregory A. Wald is Principal at Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP. Mr. Wald's experience includes representing multinational and Fortune 500 companies and individual clients in all aspects of immigration law including non-immigrant visas, and immigrant matters regarding multinational executives and managers, individuals of extraordinary ability and professionals. He has appeared before the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US Department of Labor, US Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review and various federal courts. From 1997 to 2000 Mr. Wald was an assistant district counsel for the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the Miami and San Francisco districts. In this role, he advised the INS on multiple aspects of immigration, naturalization, criminal and civil law. As a member of the Employer Sanctions Team, he provided analysis and consultation to special agents on the legal sufficiency of Notices of Intent to Fine regarding Form I-9 audits, compliance and worksite enforcement operations. Mr. Wald is a frequent speaker on business immigration and compliance matters. In 2011 Gregory presented on a panel discussing immigration compliance auditing at the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance Worksite Immigration Compliance Symposium. He has presented in seminars and conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association - most recently on Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors, ILW.COM's Technology Immigration: Update From The Trenches, as well as client seminars regarding the latest trends in employment-based immigration and government enforcement actions. Mr. Wald is also the author of the chapter “Aramark v. SEIU and the Evolution of Constructive Knowledge in Relation to the DHS Social Security No-Match Rule” appearing in The Immigration Compliance Book 2009-2010. He is co-editor of Survival Tool Kit for the Worksite Enforcement Jungle (2012 AILA Midyear Conference). Mr. Wald served as chair of the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 2010/2011 and currently serves on the SSA/DMV/SAVE Taskforce of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In 2009 he was nominated as one of California's leading practitioners in the field of corporate immigration and listed in Who's Who Legal: California. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating for ability and ethics. Mr. Wald is listed as a Northern California Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top 5 percent of lawyers in the area. He is also listed in the The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Wald can be contacted at 415-393-9828 or gregory.wald@squirepb.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.