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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 March 2020...

Human Resources: Confronting a Labor Shortage

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in decades (3.7%), what has always been a perennial problem for human resource professionals - labor shortage - is now reaching acute levels of concern. It is getting harder to find and recruit qualified applicants. Even finding candidates with the skills to succeed in entry-level positions has become an issue. In addition, employee turnover rates remain extremely high in the hotel industry. As a result of these problems, hotel HR managers are having to rethink their recruitment strategies in order to hire the right talent for the right job. First, hotels have been forced to raise their wages and offer other appealing perks, as a way to attract qualified candidates. Secondly, HR managers are reassessing their interviewing techniques, focusing less on the answers they receive to questions and more on observable behavior. Part of this process includes role-playing during the interview, so that the recruiter can gauge how a candidate works through specific problems and interacts with other team members. Additionally, some HR managers are also creating internal talent pools as a way to address labor shortages. Instead of utilizing department resources to find new hires with specific skills for needed positions, hotels are cultivating talent pools internally and preparing their employees to assume leadership roles whenever the time comes. They are also placing greater emphasis on a company culture that is more performance-based, as a way to curb employee turnover, increase employee satisfaction, and assure higher levels of customer service. Finally, recognizing the importance of employee retention as a way to lessen the impact of a tight labor market, some HR managers are instituting generous reward programs in order to retain their top performers. The March Hotel Business Review will explore what some HR professionals are doing to address these and other issues in their departments.