CHLA California Lodging News May/June 2022

2 CALIFORNIA LODGING NEWS 414 29th Street Sacramento, CA 95816 916-444-5780 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIR Tom Patton, CHA Ramada by Wyndham Santa Barbara VICE CHAIR Hee-Won Lim Pacific Palms Hotel IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Bijal Patel, CHA Coast Redwood Hospitality SECRETARY/TREASURER Dhruv Patel Ridgemont Hospitality GOVERNMENT & LEGAL RELATIONS CHAIR Javier Cano JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE AUDIT & INVESTMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR Laurenne Douglas Pacific Plaza Hotels, Inc. 2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kristi Allen Ensemble Real Estate Solutions & Investments Bhupen Amin Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Javier Cano JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE Vipul Dayal Days Inn San Francisco Airport West Laurenne Douglas Pacific Plaza Hotels, Inc. Jeff Durham Redwood Fortuna Riverwalk Hotel Paul Gibbs, CHA Sonesta Redondo Beach and Marina Ross Gimpel Encore Terri Haack Terranea Resort Jon Handlery, CHA Handlery Union Square Hotel Niles Harris InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Wendy Heineke Pebblebrook Hotel Trusts Todd Hersperger Sunstone Hotel Investors Nic Hockman Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel Matt Humphreys Hyatt Regency San Francisco Daniel Kuperschmid Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Mark LeBlanc Aimbridge Hospitality Hee-Won Lim Pacific Palms Resort RJ Mayer The Mayer Corporation Michelle Millar University of San Francisco Michael Pace InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel Bijal Patel, CHA Coast Redwood Hospitality Bimal Patel, CHA Hotel Zico Perry Patel BPR Hotels Pragna Patel-Mueller Samata Management Joe Piantedosi Park Hotels & Resorts Chip Rogers American Hotel and Lodging Association Pam Ryan The Inn at the Mission John Spear Hotel Drisco Jeffrey Thurrell Fisher Phillips Wes Tyler, CHA Chancellor Hotel on Union Square Bobby Walia Hyatt Hotels Corporation ADVERTISING & DESIGN LLM Publications 503.445.2220 | 800.647.1511 Design & Layout Sales Representative Stephanie Pendell Grandt Mansfield Copyright © 2022. All Rights Reserved THIS ISSUE OF the Lodging News magazine is devoted to one important topic: the legal and regulatory landscape we face as California's lodging industry. When dealing with all the tasks and challenges of managing any property, no matter the size, it can be easy to miss important changes when they happen. Whether you’re dealing with the lingering economic effects of the pandemic, trying to hire staff, and focusing on the guest experience, finding time to keep up with a dynamic legal environment can be hard. As you’ll read in this issue, though, you'll recognize that finding that time is important to you and your business. Just consider a few of the items that our authors are discussing: • If you serve alcohol—an important offering and revenue source for a great number of California properties—you are now subject to new training requirements covering your servers and their managers. And the time to comply is short. • If you use mandatory arbitration clauses in your employment or severance agreements, recent changes in federal law can disallow them in cases involving harassment. • A personal recounting of what happens when a property owner answers a knock—and finds himself on the receiving end of one of a growing number of nuisance lawsuits related to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Those are just a few changes that owners need to know about now—in addition to new laws covered in our last issue, including criminal liability for unpaid wages that can even lead to prison terms and a crucial shift in how Cal/OSHA looks at potential violations across multiple work sites. The importance of being aware of these and other changes in the law can’t be underestimated. They can cost your business significant dollars, tie you up in court, and damage your reputation. One of our goals at CHLA is to help you stay in the know about these important changes so you can keep your business running smoothly. One of the most important ways we do that is through our annual Legislative Action Summit in Sacramento, which we held in person for the first time in two years last month. Not only is the Summit an opportunity to learn about upcoming changes, it’s an opportunity to join in CHLA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of our industry and amplify the industry’s voice on California’s legislative agenda and budget priorities. As you’ll see from the story and photos from the two-day gathering, attendees had an opportunity to hear from key players in Sacramento, including the California Attorney General, as well as individual meetings with key legislators. That kind of face-to-face discussion is a powerful way to present our point of view where it counts. We hope to see you at our next summit. In the meantime, CHLA will continue to work on your behalf for reasonable taxation and reduced regulation that will accelerate our industry’s recovery.  MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR Tom Patton CHLA Chair Don’t lose sight of changes in law and regulation.