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Mr. Dresnin

Merrick Dresnin

Company Director, Cote Family Destinations

Educated in the law, Merrick Dresnin transferred that skill-set into Human Resources, and has been a Human Resources Executive for over twenty (20) years. Mr. Dresnin currently is the Company Director of Human Resources for Cote Family Destinations, a growing organization overseeing resorts and related activities in both Minnesota and Arizona.

Mr. Dresnin also continues to consult providing both strategic and tactical human capital management guidance to clients. He had previously opened and assisted in the successful operating of the highest profile hotel in the country - Trump International Hotel, Washington, DC.

Prior to that, Mr. Dresnin served as the Vice President of Human Resources at United Service Companies, where he had partnered with key business leaders to reshape the "people management" approach of the organization. He had previously held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at Rivers Casino where he helped orchestrate the successful opening of the property in July 2011.

Prior to Rivers, Mr. Dresnin left California in 2007 for Illinois when recruited by the Hyatt Hotel Corporation to lead the HR team at the Hyatt Regency Chicago through a time of labor unrest and challenge. He had previously led HR at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, a California 4-Diamond hotel/gaming destination, for five (5) years, opening that property.

Mr. Dresnin earned his BA from UC Santa Barbara - double majoring in history and anthropology. He earned his JD from American University (Washington College of Law). He has his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, and has taught/advised at Kendall College, DePaul University and Georgetown.

Please visit http://www.md-hrconsulting.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdresnin/

Mr. Dresnin can be contacted at +1 312-919-3993 or merrickdresnin1@att.net

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.