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Mr. Hymanson

Michael Hymanson

Regional Manager, New York Metro Business Unit, U. S. Security Associates, Inc.

Michael Hymanson, CPP has been a licensed Private Investigator in New York State for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Mr. Hymanson was a director and owner of a New York State licensed Security Training School and a licensed Security trainer in New York and Connecticut. He also was an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. Mr. Hymanson has provided security consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, and many major organizations. He is currently the Regional Manager, New York Metro Business Unit for U.S. Security Associates, the nation's fourth largest security firm. U.S. Security Associates provides security guard, concierge, fire safety director and patrol services to Hotels and other industries through a network of more than 140 branches nationwide. The company is Certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the Safety Act. Prior to working for U.S. Security Associates, Mr. Hymanson was the president and owner of Pan American Investigation Service, Inc., a White Plains based security and investigations firm that provided security and investigative services to prestigious companies and organizations in the New York Metro area. Mr. Hymanson is a past president and current Board member of the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York. He received that associations highest award, the Eugene R. Fink Memorial Award for dedication to the private investigative and Security industry in New York State. Mr. Hymanson is a Board Certified Protection Professional as designated by ASIS International, and is active in the New York Chapter ASIS Museum Security Directors and Hospital Directors Security Associations. He is an active member of the New York Chapter of BOMA, Building Owners and Managers Association Emergency Preparedness Committee, and a member of The Hotel Association of New York, and The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Mr. Hymanson can be contacted at 914-557-4277 or mhymanson@ussecurityassociates.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.