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Ms. Obod

Marjorie Obod

Attorney, Dilworth Paxson LLP

Marjorie Obod dedicates her practice to providing counsel to corporate clients and non-profit organizations in labor, employment, and regulatory matters. She handles jury trials in general litigation including the employment area, wage and hour audits and reviews, Title VII cases, U.S.C. §1981 cases, the enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment agreements in arbitrations and mediations, Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") and other employer/employee disputes raised by the Department of Labor, as well as in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia, as well as regulatory and litigation in labor matters. In addition, Ms. Obod represents clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA"), and the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB").

Ms. Obod can be contacted at 215-575-7000 or mobod@dilworthlaw.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.