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Ms. Samsel

Christine Samsel

Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Christine Samsel is a highly respected labor and employment attorney with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Ms. Samsel advises employers on virtually every aspect of employment law, from advice and counseling, training and contract negotiation to litigation. She conducts due diligence for companies and investors with respect to labor and employment issues in corporate transactions and financial restructuring.

Ms. Samsel regularly negotiates and drafts high-level executive employment agreements and ancillary documents.? She assists companies in establishing employment policies, conducting employee / management training, negotiating severance agreements, conducting internal investigations and audits, and implementing reductions in force.

Throughout her extensive career, Ms. Samsel has handled a wide variety of federal, state and local administrative proceedings before agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and comparable state and local agencies, representing clients in affirmative action, wage-and-hour, immigration compliance and employment policy audits.

With 11 offices across the western US, plus Washington, DC and Atlantic City, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is where business, law and politics converge. Founded in 1968, Brownstein provides an integrated approach that combines sensible business solutions with 20 years of Capitol Hill perspective. The firm's 250 lawyers and policy professionals have built a reputation for providing multidisciplinary legal counsel that drives results and connects business leaders to the information they need to make decisions.

Ms. Samsel can be contacted at 303-223-1133 or csamsel@bhfs.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.