Editorial Board

Mr. Giamela

Lonnie Giamela

Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Lonnie Giamela is a partner in both the Los Angeles and Irvine offices of Fisher & Phillips, LLP, one of the nation’s older labor and employment law firms exclusively representing management. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wage and hour compliance, employment policies and practices, fair employment and FMLA/CFRA compliance, litigation, supervisor training, mass layoff and independent contractor classification matters. His practice also involves collective bargaining, defense of unfair labor practice charges, arbitrations, and representation of employers in union organizing campaigns. Mr. Giamela's clients range from small businesses to national companies in all sectors of manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution, hospitality, education and the automotive industries. Mr. Giamela has conducted more than 200 seminars to management, executives, human resources professionals and employer groups on a multitude of topics including fair employment, medical leaves, mass layoffs, FMLA/CFRA compliance, independent contractor classification matters and wage and hour compliance. He represents clients before state, appellate and federal courts as well as governmental agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Employment Development Department. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Giamela worked for United States Congressman James E. Rogan, the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Giamela is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Giamela can be contacted at 213-330-4454 or lgiamela@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.