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Mr. Greenbaum

Jonathan Greenbaum

Partner, Nixon Peabody

Jonathan W. Greenbaum is a partner of Nixon Peabody LLP's Labor and Employee Benefits Practice Group. Mr. Greenbaum focuses on labor-management relations on behalf of management and in the defense of employers in employment-related litigation in state and federal courts, including discrimination claims, wrongful discharge, breach of employment contract claims and claims for employee benefits. Mr. Greenbaum also has an active practice in alternative dispute resolution. He frequently represents employers and management in collective bargaining negotiations and in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Boards and in arbitration hearings. Mr. Greenbaum advises employers on preventive employment policies and represents employers in investigations conducted by federal, state, and local administrative agencies. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Greenbaum was a founding partner with a Washington, DC, law firm that exclusively represented employers and management in the fields of labor, employment, business immigration, benefits, and related litigation.

Mr. Greenbaum can be contacted at 202-585-8326 or jgreenbaum@nixonpeabody.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.