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Mr. Cobb

Adam Cobb

Regional Manager, Halogen Software

As regional manager at Halogen Software, and a certified Human Capital Strategist, Adam Cobb has worked directly with hundreds of human resources professionals to plan and implement integrated talent management systems in support of their organizations' strategic plans. With more than a decade of software solutions experience, Mr. Cobb applies his expertise in performance management, succession planning, pay for performance and performance based learning solutions to help Halogen's clients build solid business cases for investing in automated talent management systems. Mr. Cobb is responsible for helping Halogen's clients maximize the value of their talent through integrated talent management strategies and practices that drive business results. Across talent acquisition, engagement, development, leadership, talent retention and metrics, Mr. Cobb is focused on providing the tools and resources Halogen's clients need to execute strategic talent management initiatives. Prior to joining Halogen, Mr. Cobb held senior channel and sales positions at Gavel & Gown Software. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa. Halogen Software is recognized as a market leader by industry analysts and is strongly endorsed by the thousands of HR professionals who use their Talent Management solutions. Halogen's offering makes HR best-practices accessible to companies of all sizes and its hospitality suite meets the unique needs of this industry. For more information, visit www.halogensoftware.com

Mr. Cobb can be contacted at 61327010114110 or acobb@halogensoftware.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.