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Ms. Obod

Marjorie Obod

Attorney, Dilworth Paxson LLP

Marjorie Obod dedicates her practice to providing counsel to corporate clients and non-profit organizations in labor, employment, and regulatory matters. She handles jury trials in general litigation including the employment area, wage and hour audits and reviews, Title VII cases, U.S.C. §1981 cases, the enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment agreements in arbitrations and mediations, Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") and other employer/employee disputes raised by the Department of Labor, as well as in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia, as well as regulatory and litigation in labor matters. In addition, Ms. Obod represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), and the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB").

Ms. Obod can be contacted at 215-575-7000 or mobod@dilworthlaw.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.