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Mr. Motavalli

Jim Motavalli

Editor, E Magazine

Jim Motavalli is the Editor of the Norwalk, Connecticut-based E Magazine, the only independent national environmental bi-monthly. The magazine has consistently won national design and editorial awards (including the 2003 Utne award for best science and environmental reporting). He is the author of Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation That Works (2002) and Forward Drive: The Race to Build "Clean" Cars for the Future (2000), both published by Sierra Club Books/Random House. Feeling the Heat: Dispatches From the Frontlines of Climate Change, edited by Motavalli and based on reporting in E Magazine, was published by Routledge in 2004. Green Living: The E Magazine Handbook for Living Lightly on the Earth (published by the Plume division of Penguin) was released for Earth Day 2005. He has also spoken to many environmental groups and professional associations, including the Society of Environmental Journalists, the International Motor Press Association, the federal Clean Cities conference, the Center for Environmental Health, EarthSave, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.

Mr. Motavalli can be contacted at jimm@emagazine.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.