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Ms. Sova

Kristine Sova

Attorney, Law Office of Kristine A. Sova

Kristine Sova, formerly an attorney with Venable LLP, launched the Law Office of Kristine A. Sova after a decade of success practicing labor and employment law at some of NYC's premiere law firms. In her practice, Ms. Sova defends employers against allegations of federal, state and local equal employment opportunity, reasonable accommodation, leave, and wage-and-hour law violations. Ms. Sova also devotes a substantial portion of her practice to counseling employers on ways to avoid litigation through business decisions, such as advising on issues pertaining to employee relations, policy and practice development and implementation, employment contracts and separation agreements, termination of employment, and reductions in force, and regularly training managerial and rank-and-file employees on harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention. Ms. Sova's practice also includes the representation of management in union negotiations as well as in collective bargaining and related disputes before the National Labor Relations Board and in arbitral forums. In addition, Ms. Sova represents clients in audits and investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor and other governmental agencies on issues such as I-9s and employment eligibility as well as misclassification of employees as independent contractors.

Ms. Sova can be contacted at 646-558-2296 or kristine@sovalaw.com

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.