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Mr. Mavros

John Mavros

Attorney at Law, Partner, Fisher & Phillips, LLP

John Mavros, Attorney at Law, is a partner in Fisher Phillips’ Irvine office. His practice involves representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. His practice also involves representing employers against unpaid compensation claims, including unpaid minimum wages, overtime, meal/rest period premiums, vacation pay, and/or business expenses, on both an individual and class action basis.

Mr. Mavros defends all types of businesses involved in civil litigation or arbitration. This includes defending claims brought before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE aka the Labor Board) and the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. His practice also includes preventative counseling. He regularly assists employers with employee handbook preparation, wage/hour audits, new hire policies, employee compensation plans, severance agreements, reductions in force, and day-to-day workforce issues. He also conducts sexual harassment prevention training as mandated for all California employers by AB 1825.

Mr. Mavros is known for being responsive to the needs of his clients and providing a high level of service that his clients can trust. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked for a hotel management company that focused on revitalizing and restoring profitability for hotels and motels. His experience in this industry has allowed him to provide unique insights for his hospitality clients and to understand that customer service is a number one priority.

Mr. Mavros is an active sponsor of the Asian American Hotel and Lodging Association (AAHOA) and the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association (AOCHLA). While in law school, he served on Chapman Law Review's Executive Board and served as an extern for the Honorable George P. Schiavelli of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, in Los Angeles.

Mr. Mavros can be contacted at 949-798-2134 or jmavros@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.