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Mr. Tacchino

Arthur Tacchino

Principal and Chief Innovation Officer, SyncStream Solutions

Arthur Tacchino is one of the country's leading experts on the Affordable Care Act. He created the ACA Decision Support Tool, which enables employers to gather and input key individualized employer data and generate a customized analysis of the ACA's impact on their business. He also created SyncStream's ACA Dashboard and Reporting Essentials solutions, and leads development of other solutions that help employers tackle the challenges of healthcare reform.

Prior to joining SyncStream, Mr. Tacchino spent three years at The American College of Financial Services in Bryn Mawr, Pa., where he participated in the creation of the Chartered Healthcare Consultant (ChHC) designation. As part of this work, Mr. Tacchino designed and taught two courses on the Affordable Care Act—"Essentials of Healthcare Reform" and "The Healthcare Consultant."

Mr. Tacchino is a prolific speaker on the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and presents frequently to the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), the Financial Planning Association (FPA), and other organizations. He has worked on several projects with corporate clients, including large insurance carriers, and has been published in blind peer reviewed publications, such as the Journal for Financial Service Professionals and the Journal of Financial Planning.

Mr. Tacchino earned his B.S. in economics from Susquehanna University and his J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Please visit http://www.sync-stream.com for more information.

Mr. Tacchino can be contacted at +1 877-291-9256 or infoabout@sync-stream.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.