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Mr. Johnston

Hale Johnston

Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, EMPLOYERS

T. Hale Johnston has held executive and senior executive positions for over 15 years within the specialized field of workers' compensation. Currently, Mr. Johnston has been Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Western Region since July 2010; prior to that he served as Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Pacific Region since April 2006. He is responsible for management, profit and growth of traditional market business in the Western Region. Prior to joining EMPLOYERS®, Mr. Johnston was Vice President of Meadowbrook Insurance Group from December 2002 to November 2005 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Dodson Group from March 2001 to December 2002. Mr. Johnston is chairman of the Board of Directors of the California Workers' Compensation Institute, a private, nonprofit association working to improve California workers' compensation through research, information, education and representation. Mr. Johnston previously served as chairman of the Board of Directors for 2009 and was re-elected to the 2010 Board at the Institute's annual meeting in San Francisco. Based in Oakland, Calif., the Institute's primary function is to provide data, analyses and practical expertise on issues and trends affecting California workers' compensation, assist members in assessing their own operations, and to analyze key issues of interest to the workers' compensation community and public policymakers. CWCI's Board of Directors is comprised of 15 representatives from CWCI member insurers including Liberty Mutual Group, The Hartford Insurance Group and Chartis Insurance, among others. The Board meets quarterly and is responsible for the direction of the Institute's activities and educational efforts. Mr. Johnston holds B.A. degrees from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

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Coming up in September 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.