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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 December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.