PROVIDE TOP RATED NATIONAL® EMPLOYEE SECURITY FOR HOSPITALITY
Hospitality workers, especially female housekeepers, are at higher risk for sexual assault and inappropriate conduct than any other group in the United States. The statistics continually show that working-class women in the restaurant and hospitality industries experience the highest rates of reported sexual harassment on the job.
Over a 10-year period from 2005-2015, at least 5,000 complaints of sexual harassment were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. No other industry in the country reported as many or a higher percentage of sexual harassment cases, according to an analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from the Center for American Progress. But there are solutions available to hotels to improve employee security, and many cities and states have taken action, including Illinois.
State and local governments have enacted laws mandating that hotel operators provide their staff with portable panic buttons, including cities such as Chicago, Seattle, Miami, and New York City. Under the newly created Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act (Article 5 of Illinois Senate Bill 75), each hotel and casino must provide both, full- and part-time employees with a portable emergency panic button that can be activated in the event of an emergency. The Illinois law applies to all casinos and hotels located in Illinois, regardless of their size. The Hotel and Casino Employee Safety Act went into effect as of July 1, 2020.
The deadline to supply employees with safety devices is March 1, 2021
Hotel owners and operators are not only required to provide panic buttons to housekeeping and other staff throughout Illinois due to government legislation, but many of the largest hotel chains in the world are taking it upon themselves to improve employee security and comfort as well. Panic buttons will be provided nationwide by Hilton, Hyatt, Marriot, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and InterContinental Hotels Group, among others. This is part of a 17-hotel-brand agreement led by the American Hotel & Lodging Association — known as the 5-Star Promise — signed in 2018, which vowed to implement policies and technologies by the end of 2020 to keep employees safe.
Complying with the new mandate does not have to break your hotel’s bottom line. Unrivaled employee security is achievable at a tremendously affordable price thanks to the SECURalert™ wireless panic button system, providing your staff the ability to immediately alert security with pinpoint accuracy and quick response time. In order to ensure your Illinois hotel provides increased employee security to meet state regulations, use the SECURalert™ wireless panic button system, and gain tremendous benefits in three critical areas.