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Mr. Goldmann

Peter Goldmann

President, FraudAware Hospitality

Peter Goldmann is the Developer of FraudAware/Hospitality, the first on-line fraud awareness training course for hospitality managers, supervisors and line employees. The course is designed to support corporate efforts to reinforce values of integrity and to facilitate compliance with legal and regulatory standards regarding fraud prevention and reporting. Peter also publishes the monthly newsletter, White-Collar Crime Fighter, which provides authoritative insight and advice to corporate investigators, auditors, legal counsel and ethics/compliance officers on how to detect, prevent and investigate internal and external fraud and computer/Internet crime. In his 20-plus years of experience as business journalist and trainer, Peter has also covered corporate finance, human resources, management and health care issues. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, The International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, High-Tech Crime Investigation Association and The Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Association.

Mr. Goldmann can be contacted at 203-431-7657 or pgoldmann@wccfighter.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.