Welcome to ECG's monthly newsletter, providing insights and advice about all things HR!
May 2016


We are thrilled to announce that our hospitality industry “benefits and compensation surveys” are growing! We have just concluded the Southern California survey process where 70 hotel properties participated, representing 22,839 guest rooms, and 20,929 full time employees.

We are also delighted that the Palo Alto Area has retained our services for the same survey, and those results are now available. Atlanta is currently underway, as is the Monterey/Carmel area surveys. We will begin the Nashville survey process this month, and will move forward with Aspen and the Resort Employee Relations Group nationwide.

For more information on our survey processes, please visit:


As mentioned in an earlier newsletter, I am thrilled to serve as a Board of Trustees member for the International School of Los Angeles / Lycée International de Los Angeles (LILA), an international, preschool through 12th-grade school with five Los Angeles-area campuses. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about our unique, bilingual education and invite you to get involved.

About the International School of Los Angeles

The International School of Los Angeles offers an English and French curriculum. All students study a common bilingual program from preschool through 9th grade after which they have a choice between the rigorous and well-balanced French Baccalauréat and International Baccalaureate Diploma programs. The International School of Los Angeles is committed to academic excellence in a nurturing and intimate environment that encourages personal initiative, creativity and curiosity, and to preparing students of all backgrounds to excel and contribute to a global world.

For more information, please visit:

The Green Shade Field Project: Enhancing Student Life by Providing a Nurturing Environment. In 2013, the International School of Los Angeles opened the doors to its first-ever school-owned campus, nestled in the heart of Burbank’s Rancho district. The purchase of the Burbank campus has created a number of opportunities to enhance student life for the School’s middle and high school students. The Green Shade Field (GSF) Project’s goal is to ensure that students have a safe and welcoming space that is conducive to physical education, recreation, and well-being. Your generous support will go a long way in helping the School achieve this vision.

To find out more or to contribute to the GSF Project, please visit:
Thank you in advance for your generous gifts!

The International School of Los Angeles
1105 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, CA 91506
Phone: 818-994-2961
Fax: 818-994-2816
Email: development@lilaschool.com


Client highlight

It is our pleasure to highlight Designer Amber Sakai in this month’s newsletter! For the past three years, we have been assisting this small boutique designer with all things HR! Be it setting up the HR foundation for sound practices, conducting payroll audits or simply providing guidance and recommendations relating to employee relations; we are honored to be part of Ms. Sakai’s team!

About the brand

Amber Sakai LLC is a Los Angeles based ready-to-wear women’s-wear brand. Each collection rides a fine line between being delicate and sophisticated to strong and daring with a mix of organic and constructed silhouettes – all made in the U.S.A.

About Amber – The Designer

Designer Amber Sakai is a woman whose style and taste mimic her extrovert personality. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Amber takes every opportunity with work to travel and explore new places, cultures, art and fashion that lead to inspirations.

Amber Sakai Headquarters
112 West 9th Street, Suite 418
Los Angeles, California 90015
Phone: 213-627-7618


Highlights from our blog:

Building a strong HR foundation. Limit your liability by building a strong HR foundation. Protect your organization by making sure all your policies are well established and put into effect. By compiling a thorough and comprehensive employee handbook, you will have the tools necessary to defend yourself against any potential litigated claims.Learn more.


Drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Allowing drugs or alcohol in the workplace is unsafe, unhealthy and can create chaos and trouble for your company. Substance abuse can affect an employee’s productivity level, their personal health, and workplace relationships. Companies should have a no tolerance policy when it comes to drugs or alcohol in the workplace. Learn more.


Diversity and sensitivity training. Protect yourself against claims of hostile working environments, or harassment in the workplace! Create a friendly and welcoming work environment for all your staff. By appreciating the diversity in your workplace, your employees can feel accepted and comfortable in their surroundings. Read more.


Equal employment opportunities. It's the law! When hiring, it is illegal to discriminate based on any protected category. When hiring an employee, strictly look at an applicant’s qualifications and skills rather than any discriminatory features such as race and/or gender. Learn more.


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With Kind Regards,

 Chantal Mariotti

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