Labor Relations & Compliance Specialist

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Victoria Kane has represented employers, management, boards of directors, and owners, providing ethical legal advice and management strategies for labor relations, employment law, contracts, negotiations, audits, dispute resolution, workforce and continuing education strategies, and benefits administration. With over twenty-five years of business management experience in law, human resources and operations, Victoria provides workable solutions to managing compliance with the myriad of federal, state and local regulations in alignment with the company's overall mission and revenue goals for new openings, acquisitions, renovations and reorganizations. She currently teaches legal issues in hospitality management courses at Kendall College in Chicago.

Victoria has extensive experience in human resources for all aspects of people management from recruitment, performance, labor relations, training and workforce development for entry level employees to C-level and Board Members. She led collaborations with business leaders, policy makers, colleges, state employment agencies, industry associations, labor unions, and non-profit agencies for grant-funded and subsidized programs training employees, unemployed individuals with hiring barriers, and U.S. Veterans. She has legal experience vigorously defending employer’s against single plaintiff and class action federal and state employment cases, which experience aides in developing litigation avoidance strategies for employers.

Previously, she held the position of Area Director of Labor Relations and Integration for Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, located in Los Angeles, and part of a leadership team recognized multiple times for their innovation and leading edge strategies. She was responsible for labor relations, training, benefits, human resources, and the integration of labor and technological resources, systems, policies and processes for multiple properties across the U.S. Simultaneously, she adeptly managed all legal matters, using outside counsel only as required by insurance or as needed for additional expertise.

Victoria was an appointed member of the City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and the White House Business Council. In 2010 and 2011, she lobbied on Capitol Hill for workforce development initiatives with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the City and County of Los Angeles WIB's. In July 2011, Victoria testified before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a public hearing on best practices in employer’s use of background checks in hiring.

Victoria has served on committee positions with Women's Foodservice Forum and the Southwest Texas Women and Minority Business Organization. She has provided pro bono counseling services to a variety of non-profit organizations such as: CAN, a hospitality-based, workforce training program with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's Workforce Investment programs; Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) a leading court appointed special advocates for children organization; and has won an award for her services with the Washington D.C. Lawyers for the Arts.

Victoria has been a speaker, featured writer or contributor. For example:

  • Testified to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission concerning employers’ use of criminal background checks in employment (July 26, 2011)
  • Panelist on the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Roundtable Discussion on “Back on the Job Market: Workforce Development and Employment Strategies Targeting the Formerly Incarcerated” (June 2011)
  • Information Management Network's 2nd Distressed Hotel Symposium (Nov 2010)
  • Writer and quoted expert for articles in Lawyers Weekly, Workforce Magazine, and HRWire

Examples of client industries served include:

  • Hotels, Resorts, Bed-and-Breakfast Inns, and Casinos in almost every state in the U.S. and Puerto Rico as well as in Mexico, Canada, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, France and the United Kingdom
  • Golf Course Management Companies, Country Clubs and Private Dining Clubs
  • Restaurants, franchises, chains, Catering and Privately-held Foodservice Groups
  • Multi-state Quick Service Retail and Foodservice Companies
  • Uniform and Laundry Companies
  • Automobile and Truck Dealerships
  • Airlines and Airport Management Boards
  • Fortune 500 Companies
  • Utilities and Service Providers
  • Telecommunications Companies
  • Business start-ups, expansions, mergers and acquisitions
  • Family-owned Small Businesses, such as restaurants, bookstores, consulting firms and retailing
  • Employee Leasing Companies
  • Federal Government Contractors and General Contractors
  • IT Consulting and Technological Support Firms
  • Benefits Consulting Firms and Third-party Insurance Administrators
  • Financial Institutions and Brokerage Firms
  • Multi-national Manufacturing Companies
  • Professional Service Companies operating around the world
  • E-commerce and Software Development Companies
  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes and other Healthcare Organizations
  • Non-profit Organizations and Associations
  • Religious Institutions of various faith denominations
  • Universities and Colleges
  • Clothing Retailers