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Mr. Brannen

Albert Brannen

Managing Partner, Atlanta Office, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Albert Brannen is the managing partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation's leading labor and employment firms representing employers. Since 1982, Mr. Brannen has represented employers exclusively in successfully solving labor and employment law problems in the workplace. Much of his time is devoted to counseling employers about how to avoid workplace crises, comply with all applicable laws and prevent litigation. Mr. Brannen prepares all of the documents associated with the employment experience, including employee handbooks, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, ethics and confidentiality agreements, non-competition or non-solicitation agreements and severance agreements. Mr. Brannan also has a depth of experience advising employers on union-related matters and in assisting employers with the administration, negotiation, mediation and arbitration of collective bargaining agreements. He has successfully represented clients in formal administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, Department of Labor and in federal and state courts. Having written numerous published articles on a wide variety of employment law subjects, Mr. Brannen regularly speaks to business and professional associations, industry groups and individual employers and is the chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He also teaches labor and employment law at Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Brannen is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been included in Georgia Super Lawyers since 2005. He was recognized as a member of Georgia's "Legal Elite" in 2009 and 2013 and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010. He also has been a member of the 2010 Employment Law360 editorial advisory board.

Mr. Brannen can be contacted at 404-240-4235 or dabrannen@laborlawyers.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.