NY Legislature to Hotels: “Prevent Harassment!”


(Alpharetta, GA – June 20, 2012) On January 18, 2012, New York legislators proposed a bill to require hotels and motels to provide sexual harassment training to their employees.  According to the bill, this hospitality-specific training must be interactive – either instructor-led or web-based training – where the learners are prompted to interact with the training material.

The legislation aims at ensuring that hospitality employees know the relevant legal statutes, appropriate behavioral standards, and reporting avenues available to them.  Manager training must include the above as well as practical examples aimed at the prevention of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.  The statute requires that all employees receive sexual harassment training within 2 months of their hire date and every two years following their initial training.

The Venza Group, a training and communications company based in Atlanta, GA, is launching a new product line especially for the hospitality industry at the country’s largest hotel technology trade show, HITEC 2012. The product line is their suite of off-the-shelf courseware called Peak™ Compliance and Performance. Venza Group CEO, Jeff Venza, says, “We noticed a need in the hospitality industry for a line of interactive compliance courses that are hotel-based, work with any learning management system, and have a business intelligence layer that alerts training managers of performance issues which may subsequently indicate an unacceptable degree of legal exposure.” He adds, “Moreover, we found that as compliance laws change, so must the training.”

The Venza Group partnered with one of the country’s leading employment law firms, Arnold Golden Gregory.  Therefore, the content is updated expeditiously as laws change and the training will remain legally relevant.  Sexual harassment training is only the tip of the iceberg; the Venza Group will be rolling out other modules within their Peak™ Compliance and Performance series.  In addition to Sexual Harassment Prevention for Hoteliers, they are launching PCI Compliance that addresses credit card information handling requirements.


VENZA is passionate about the development of technology and services that enable hotels to feel more secure concerning guest data breaches and human vulnerability. With decades of experience, VENZA has the knowledge and experience to empower hotels and their employees to tackle the dynamic cybercrime and guest security landscape.

Over 10,000 properties in over 100 countries look to the VENZA for tools, technology, and strategic security support. Founded in 2008, VENZA is a privately held company and headquartered in Roswell, GA. For more information, please call 770.685.6500 or visit www.VenzaGroup.com.