Editorial Board   

Mr. Arenas

John Arenas

Chief Executive Officer, Worktopia

A recognized authority on flexible workplace strategies and a founder of Worktopia, John Arenas brings to the innovative company more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate. For 12 years of that time, he was involved in developing and operating business centers and globally marketing work mobility products. For the past 15 years, Mr. Arenas has been involved in helping to make companies operationally automated through software development. As chairman and CEO of STRATIS Business Center, Inc., Mr. Arenas brought the company from start up in 1997 to a successful merger with Regus Business Centres (RGU: London Stock Exchange) in which first round STRATIS investors realized an eight-fold return. Prior experience also includes tenure as a commercial real estate lender for Citigroup, and project engineer for Turner Corporation. Mr. Arenas holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Worktopia, Inc. is the global leader in On-Demand Workspace procurement services with over 1,000 workspace venues in 50 countries, including short meeting space, term office space and virtual offices on demand. For more information visit www.worktopia.com

Mr. Arenas can be contacted at 914-468-0812 or john.arenas@worktopia.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.