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Ms. Pate Marlin

Lesley Pate Marlin

Attorney, Venable LLP

Lesley Pate Marlin concentrates her practice at Venable LLP on labor and employment counseling and litigation where she represents employers in a variety of industries, including hospitality, hotels, restaurants, and entertainment. Ms. Marlin counsels her clients on employment practices, policies, and decisions and assists them in developing strategies to achieve their business objectives while minimizing the risk of litigation and complying with the various employment laws, including Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (Title I and Title III), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), state leave laws and state wage and hour laws. She conducts training for employers on equal employment opportunity compliance, sexual harassment, disability or religious accommodation, FMLA, performance reviews, and employment law developments. Ms. Marlin defends employers in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration and before administrative agencies. Ms. Marlin is actively involved in the legal profession and the community. For more information, please visit http://www.venable.com/lesley-pate-marlin

Ms. Pate Marlin can be contacted at 202-344-8033 or lpmarlin@venable.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.