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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 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.