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Mr. Guchait, PhD

Priyanko Guchait, PhD

Associate Professor Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston

Priyanko Guchait, PhD. is a tenured Associate Professor in the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of Houston. He is an innovative researcher and hospitality educator.

Dr. Guchait is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and magazines. He currently teaches Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Organizational Behavior at the undergraduate level, and Multivariate Data Analysis at the Ph.D. level.

Dr. Guchait taught at the University of Mississippi and The Pennsylvania State University before joining Hilton College in July 2012. He currently serves as the dissertation/thesis chair and in committees for Master's and PhD students.

Dr. Guchait serves as the faculty advisor of Eta Sigma Delta—the International Hospitality Honor Society, and also serves as the Chair of Innovation Lab in the Hilton College. He sits on the editorial boards of journals including IJCHM and reviews for several others. Additionally, he is currently serving as Director of Marketing for WFCHRIE.

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Mr. Guchait, PhD can be contacted at +1 713-743-2433 or pguchait@uh.edu

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.