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Mr. Elvin

Rob Elvin

Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs

Rob Elvin is the Managing Partner of the Squire Patton Boggs Manchester office. His particular expertise covers health, safety and environment (including nuisance, noise abatement, pollution, permit appeals and environmental warranty and civil claims), judicial review, corporate defense (including bribery and corruption, investigations and corporate manslaughter), inquest law, food hygiene and safety, transport law, including public inquiries in front of traffic commissioners, product safety, liability and recall and he is a solicitor-advocate. Mr. Elvin has particular sector expertise in the nuclear, gas and electricity generation and distribution, wind energy, chemicals, engineering and construction industries. Mr. Elvin also lectures on issues such as corporate manslaughter, product safety and defending all manner of regulatory prosecutions.

Please visit www.squirepb.com for more information.

Mr. Elvin can be contacted at 441618305257 or rob.elvin@squirepb.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.