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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 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.