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Mr. Rock

Jeremy Rock

Principal & Founder, RockIT Group

Jeremy Rock is a principal and the founder of the RockIT Group. With more than two decades of industry experience, he brings extensive knowledge in all areas of Telecommunications, Low Voltage Systems, and Hotel Systems and Applications. Additionally he brings real-world experience in project managing and overseeing the implementation of these systems across a multitude of challenging environments. Mr. Rock has successfully provided consulting services on numerous projects of all types, including some of the largest and most prestigious resort and hotel properties in the United States and abroad. He is an often published professional in various industry technology and trade publications and is an invited speaker at industry functions. Mr. Rock possesses a comprehensive skill set with vast knowledge of many critical systems and applications. His standing within the industry allows him to negotiate and deliver outstanding results and favorable cost points for his clients. Prior to founding the RockIT Group, he was the Director of MIS with Sunstone Hotels in San Clemente, CA where he was responsible for overseeing the Information Systems and Telecommunications for over 60 multi-branded and independent hotels as well as the Corporate Office. In addition to working with various hotel related systems at Sunstone Hotels, he was also responsible for overseeing the design of the company's overall IT infrastructure. Mr. Rock is a Microsoft Certified Professional and is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional. (CHTP).

Mr. Rock can be contacted at 714-826-9900 or jrock@rockitgroup.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.