As part of our ongoing commitment to our clients to provide updates on mandated requirements by various state entities, Eric Ryan Corporation wanted to make your business aware that a number of states–Washington, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Illinois, and parts of California–have now passed local ordinances that require panic buttons be provided at no cost to hotel staff to ensure their safety while at work.
Many hotels are partnering with The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) as part of their 5-Star Promise and more cities are working toward legislation and further initiatives. This new trend will begin to affect hotels across the country as failure to comply will result in fines.
The 5 stars of the AHLA promise include:
- Build on our industry’s longstanding commitment to hospitality and a People Culture. AHLA will continue providing industry-wide training and materials on safety and security matters, and retain expert guidance, such as Tina Tchen, a partner at Buckley Sandler LLP and co-founder of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, to work with AHLA and its members on workplace diversity and safety matters.
- Ensure mandatory anti-sexual harassment policies are in place in multiple languages.
- Provide ongoing training and education for employees on identifying and reporting sexual harassment.
- Provide U.S. hotel employees with employee safety devices to help them feel safe on the job.
- Broaden vital partnerships with wide-ranging national organizations that target sexual violence and assault and trafficking and promote workplace safety, including the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), End Child Prostitution and Trafficking (ECPAT-USA), and Polaris.
You can read more about the AHLA 5-Star Promise here: