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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.

Mr. Giamela's 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. He 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.

Mr. Giamela 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 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.