D. Albert Brannen: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

D. Albert Brannen

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Regional Managing Partner
Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.
Phone(404) 240-4235

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Compliance Audits and Counseling
  • National Labor Relations Act - NLRA
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment Contracts
 
University Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, B.S., with honors, 1978; University of Georgia, Athens, GA, M.B.A., cum laude, 1982
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA, J.D., cum laude, 1982
 
Admitted1982, Georgia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia; Georgia Supreme Court
 
Memberships 

Professional Activities

Chairman, Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar Of Georgia
Member, Electric Cooperative Bar Association
Member, Association of General Contractors Labor and Employment Law Council
Member, Human Resources Committee, Georgia Industry Association
Member, Society for Human Resources Management
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Adjunct Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

 
Biography

Bert Brannen is the managing partner in the Atlanta office. Since 1982 he 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.

In this regard, he 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.

He 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 NLRB, EEOC, DOL and in federal and state courts.

Bert has written numerous published articles on a wide variety of employment law subjects. He 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. Bert 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 was also a member of the 2010 Employment Law360 editorial advisory board.

News/Media
Finding, Training, And Keeping The Right People For Your Dental Practice
July 7, 2014

HR Answers: Four Steps To Effective Performance Management
July 1, 2014

Four Steps To Effective Performance Management For Hospitality Employers
June 16, 2014

A Few Guidelines For Appearance Policies
February 1, 2014

Be Careful Using Unpaid Interns
January 1, 2014

Five Tips For Successful Performance Evaluations
December 1, 2013

Five Things Managers Should Not Talk About At Work
November 1, 2013

Five Reasons Employers Should Have Job Descriptions
October 1, 2013

Beware of Misclassifying Workers As Independent Contractors
September 9, 2013

Five Reasons Every Employer Needs An Employee Handbook
September 1, 2013

Ten Tips For Reducing The Risk Of Employment-Related Litigation For Smaller Employers
August 1, 2013

The Most Important Employment Documents
July 1, 2013

Beware Of Misclassifying Workers As Independent Contractors
June 1, 2013

Criminal Background Checks: EEOC Position Presents A Legal Quandary
May 28, 2013

Employers Beware When Conducting Criminal Background Checks
April 1, 2013

Practical Tips for Wage and Hour Compliance for a Dental Office: Part 1
February 21, 2013

Criminal Background Checks: Proceed with Caution
January 2, 2013

Employers Beware: The NLRB Is Expanding Employee Rights By Declaring Many Typical Workplace Rules Unlawful
October 26, 2012

Free Speech is Front and Center
August 12, 2012

Five Ways Employees' Smartphones Can Cause Trouble
May 1, 2012

Managing Tweets, Posts and Links in the Workplace
February 1, 2012

Mediation May Be The Answer
December 4, 2011

Social Media, The Workplace and The Law
November 2, 2010

Use of Alternative Staffing Arrangements During These Uncertain Times Could Mean Increased Risks For Employers
July 30, 2010

Employers Need To Brace For More Changes In 2010
January 19, 2010

Preparing for Pandemic Influenza: Re-Thinking Employee Health & Wellness Before a Crisis Affects Your Workplace
October 29, 2009

Should Congress OK New Labor Law
August 2, 2009

Employees Stand to Lose If Congress Passes the Employee Free Choice Act
July 27, 2009

Pandemic Preparedness For Employers
April 27, 2009

Broader ADA Definitions to Impact Employers
February 18, 2009

The Employee Relations Aspect of Mergers and Acquisitions
August 25, 2008

Write an Employee Handbook Your Employees will Read - And Still Cover your Assets
March 1, 2008

Harassment Case a Message to Bosses
August 8, 2007

Time Flies When You're Getting Sued:
A Look Back At Labor And Employment Law In 2006
March 1, 2007

Pandemic Threat Requires Employers Re-think Policies and Employee Benefits
November 1, 2006

Risk Management: A Guide to Employment Practice Liability Insurance
November 1, 2006

Governor Perdue Signs the Georgia Smoke-Free Air Act
July 14, 2005

Preventive Measures to Reduce the Likelihood of Workplace Violence
October 16, 2001

Monitoring Electronic Communications in the Workplace
October 16, 2001

Quotes and Soundbites
Be Careful When Using Unpaid Interns
February 2, 2014

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Among Atlanta's 'Legal Elite'
December 10, 2013

U.S. Senate Supports Gay Rights in Workplace
November 7, 2013

Explosion May Lead to OSHA Crackdown
May 24, 2013

On the Job: Make Sure March Madness is Fun, not Fanatic
March 7, 2013

Employers Must Strike Balance To Avoid Election Talk Liability
October 15, 2012

Cigarette Giant Sued For Age Discrimination
August 3, 2012

Lunch & Learn Focuses on Labor Laws
September 22, 2011

The Best Way to Organize An Employee Handbook
April 22, 2011

Newsletter Articles
What Not To Talk About At Work
December 1, 2014

Why Your Company Needs A Handbook
June 1, 2014

Plan Now To Minimize Liability For Holiday-Party Misconduct
November 5, 2013

Political Speech At Work
October 1, 2012

Why Mediation Is A Preferred Method Of Resolving Disputes
March 1, 2012

The Labor Board Is Giving Employees More Rights To Complain
July 1, 2011

Writing An Employee Handbook Your Employees Will Read - And Heed, Part 2
May 1, 2011

Writing An Employee Handbook Your Employees Will Read - And Heed, Part 1
March 1, 2011

The Silver Lining - Congress Is Distracted
October 1, 2009

Carroll College Case Proves No Free Pass For Unions . . . Yet
October 1, 2009

A Quantum Of Solis
March 1, 2009

Put Handbook Review on Your 2009 To Do List
January 1, 2009

Presentations
Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce HR Academy
September 9, 2014

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Present Breakout Sessions And Participate In Panel Discussion At GAHU
July 31, 2014

Strategic HR Partners
“Positive Employee Relations Are Critical, Especially With The New NLRB”
April 25, 2014
Columbus, GA

Fisher & Phillips Annual Atlanta Client Seminar
“Everybody Gets A Trophy: Avoiding Performance Management Mistakes”
March 25, 2014
Atlanta, GA

GA ICLE Tropical Seminar
“Negotiating Tactics To Get To Yes
February 28, 2014
St. Maarten

Kids 'R' Kids Owners Conference
“What Would You Do If...”
February 2, 2014
Phoenix, AZ

National Rural Electric Association CEO Conference
“10 Ways To Ensure You'll Be Embarrassed By HR Problems”
January 13, 2014
Palm Desert, CA

Certipay
“10 Things You Can Do To Invite An Employment Lawsuit”
November 19, 2013
Webinar

Cartersvile Bartow Chamber of Commerce
“Performance Management: Start To Finish”
November 7, 2013
Cartersville, GA

Haralson County Chamber of Commerce
“Employer's Survival Guide: 7 Things Every Cooperative Should Do To Comply With Recent Employment Law Changes”
October 23, 2013
Waco, GA

Kids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting
“Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues”
September 23, 2013
Atlanta, GA

Dental Management Advisors
“Avoiding Unemployment Law Claims”
September 12, 2013
Webinar

Florida Electric Cooperative HR Conference
“7 Things Every Cooperative Should Do To Comply With Recent Employment Law Changes”
September 11, 2013
Clearwater, FL

Electric Cooperative Bar Assocation
“What Every Cooperative Needs To Know About Labor And Employment Law In 2013”
“Accommodations Snd The ADA: Practical Solutions To Real Workplace Challenges”
August 21, 2013
San Francisco, CA

National Rural Electric Cooperative HR Seminar
“I-9 Bootcamp”
July 24, 2013
New Orleans, LA

National Rural Electric Cooperative HR Seminar
“Accommodating Disabled Employees Under The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act”
“7 Things Every Cooperative Should Do To Comply With Recent Employment Law Changes”
“The NLRB Is Trying To Remain Relevant”
“A Brief Review of Wage And Hour Laws”
July 23, 2013
New Orleans, LA

Dental Management Advisors
“Leaves Of Absence, Safety, Health & Wellness Programs For Small Practices”
July 11, 2013
Webinar

National Rural Electric Cooperative Legal Seminar
“10 Things Every Cooperative Needs To Know To Comply With Recent Legal Changes”
“Accomodations And The ADA: Practical Solutions To Real Workplace Challances”
June 7, 2013
National Harbor, MD

Dental Management Advisors
“Avoiding Harassment, Discrimination And Retaliation Claims”
May 9, 2013
Webinar

South Metro Atlanta HR Assocation
“Recent Changes In Labor And Employment Law”
May 2, 2013
Peachtree City, GA

Dental Management Advisors
“Performance Management, Including Discipline And Discharge”
March 14, 2013
Webinar

Georgia Department of Labor Employers Committee
“Why Must Our Work Lives Be Different Due To The EEOC/DOL And NLRB ”
March 14, 2013

National Rural Electric Cooperative HR Conference
“Accommodating Disabled Employees Under The Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act”
“I-9 Bootcamp”
March 2, 2013
San Diego, CA

Carrico Human Resource Management
“The NCRA - How Is It Relevant In Today's Workplace ”
Feburary 21, 2014
Atlanta, GA

Sterling Real Estate & Construction Seminar
“Employment Matters In The Construction Industry”
January 22, 2013
Atlanta, GA

Dental Management Advisors
“Hiring and Screening The Best Applicants”
November 19, 2012
Carrolton

Dental Management Advisors
“Employment-Related Recordkeeping For Small Practices”
November 10, 2012
Webinar

Carrol Haralson HR Academy
“Maintaining A Work Environment Free From Harassment, Discrimination And Retaliation”
November 19, 2012
Carrolton

Dental Management Advisors
“Employment-Related Recordkeeping For Small Practices”
November 8, 2012
Webinar

Haralson County Chamber of Commerce
“The Election's Over: Now What ”
November 3. 2012
Carrollton, GA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Workplace Law 2012
“Recent and Expected Changes In Workplace Law”
“The National Labor Relations Act: How Is It Relevant To Today's Workplace ”
“Discrimination, Harassment And Retaliation: The Continued Expansion”
“Affirmative Action And Other Government Contractor Obligations: Getting More Scrutiny Than Ever From The Administration”
“Dealing With Disabled Employees Under The ADAAA: Understanding The Changes”
“The FMLA: Taking Away The Mystery”
“Wage & Hour Laws: Still Trouble After All These Years”
June 2, 2012
Couer D'Alene, ID

Haralson County Chamber of Commerce
“Getting Your HR House In Order: The Basics”
May 30, 2012
Carrollton, GA

Kids 'R' Kids Owners Conference
“Employee Wage Issues”
“How Would This Look In Court ”
April 18, 2012
Amelia Island, FL

Kids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting
“Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues”
February 23, 2012
Atlanta, GA

GA ICLE Tropical Seminar
“Hot Topics In Labor Law - Change Without Legislation”
February 16, 2012

The Seminar Group: The Best of CLE
“Update on Hot Topics In Labor Law”
November 29, 2011
Atlanta, GA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Workplace Law for the HR Pro
“Recent And Expected Changes In Workplace Law”
“What Rights Do Employees Have Under The NLRA ”
“Managing Employee Leave Issues”
“Dealing With Discrimination, Harassment And Retaliation Claims”
“Handling Government Investigations”
“Complying With Wage And Hour Laws In A Time Of Increased Enforcement And Litigation”
“Social Media In The Workplace”
“Best Practices For A Positive Employee Relations Program - Required For Maintaining Legal Compliance”
July 26, 2011
Charlotte, NC

National Rural Electric Cooperative Workplace Law 2011
“Recent And Expected Changes In Workplace Law”
“Adopting To The National Labor Relations Board's Expected Policy Changes”
“Managing Employee Leave Issues”
“Dealing With Discrimination, Harassment And Retaliation Claims”
“Handling Government Investigations”
“Complying With Wage And Hour Laws In A Time Of Increased Enforcement And Litigation”
“Social Media In The Workplace”
“ Best Practices For A Positive Employee Relations Program - Required For Maintaining Legal Compliance”
June 6, 2011
Bachelor Gulch, CO

Kids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting
“Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues”
May 21, 2011
Atlanta, GA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Workplace Law 2011
“Recent And Expected Changes In Workplace Law”
“Adopting To The National Labor Relations Board's Expected Policy Changes”
“Managing Employee Leave Issues”
“Dealing With Discrimination, Harassment And Retaliation Claims”
“Handling Government Investigations”
“Complying With Wage And Hour Laws In A Time Of Increased Enforcement And Litigation”
“Social Media In The Workplace”
“Best Practices For A Positive Employee Relations Program - Required For Maintaining Legal Compliance”
March 4, 2011

Carroll Haralson HR Academy
“Performance Management Start To Finish”
Carrollton, GA

SHRM
Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World
September 22, 2010
Valdosta, GA

Inside Counsel Symposium
Best Practices For Managing Labor Relations
A Union-Proofing Plan
September 16, 2010
Chicago, IL

FECA (Florida Electric Cooperative Association)
Collision Of MySpace, Your Space And Our Space
Prescription for Positive Labor Relations
September 9, 2010
Clearwater, FL

Georgia Branch, AGC
Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World
August 31, 2010
Savannah, GA

Georgia Branch, AGC
Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World
August 18, 2010
Columbus, GA

Georgia Branch, AGC
Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World
August 18, 2010
Macon, GA

Strategic HR Partners
Union-Free Session: Preparing for Organized Labor's Latest Assault
August 5, 2010
Columbus, GA

Georgia Branch, AGC
Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World
August 3, 2010
Waco, GA

National Rural Electric Association Annual Meeting
Federal Employment laws That Could Rock Your World In 2010
Social Media: The Collision of My Space, Your Space and Our Space
July 15, 2010
San Antonio, TX

State Bar of GA/GABWA Women & Minorities in the Profession Seminar
Panelist: Diversity In A down Economy: Is There A Point
jUNE 18,2010
Atlanta, GA

Fisher & Phillips
Performance Management: Start To Finish
May 20, 2010
Webinar

Hill Phoenix
Preparing for Organized Labor's Legislative Assault
May 19, 2010
Conyers, GA

Kids 'R' Kids Annual Meeting
Social Media: The Collision of My Space, Your Space And Our Space
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
May 5, 2010
New Orleans, LA

Kids 'R' Kids New Franchisees Meeting
Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues
April 22, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Georgia Tech
Pending Labor Laws
March 3,2010
Webinar

West Georgia Personnel Association
The Collision of My Space, Your Space And Our Space
March 11, 2010
Carrollton, GA

The McAleer Group
Employment Law Update: What's New And What To Expect in 2010
10 Ways To Guarantee Employees Will Sue You
March 5, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Fisher & Phillips Breakfast Briefing
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
February 25,2010

Lender Processing Services
Preparing To Meet Organized Labor's Assault On Your Business
February 4,2010
Jacksonville, FL

Insurance Office of America
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
February 17,2010
Gainesville, GA

GA ICLE Tropical Seminar
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
February 2,2010
St. Thomas, VI

Georgia Existing Industry Meeting
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
February 2,2010
Warner Robins, GA

PowerSouth Annual Trustees' Update
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
January 20, 2010
Sandestin, FL

Georgia Institute of Technology
Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World
January 1, 2010
Atlanta, GA

Utility Trailer
Preparing for Organized Labor's Legislative Assault
January 8, 2010
City of Industry, CA

Haralson County COC
Avoiding Collisions Between MySpace, Your Space and Our Space
December 18, 2019
Carrollton, GA

GIA
Pending Legislation That Will Rock Your World
November 12, 2009
Webinar

GIA Annual Meeting
What's Up With Unions These Days
November 11, 2009
Atlanta, GA

Greater Hall COC HR Academy
Management: Evaluation, Discipline & Termination
November 4, 2009
Gainesville, GA

AGC National HR Meeting
Employment Law Changes That Could Affect Your Business
October 28, 2009

Greene County COC Economic Development / Nibco
What's Up With Unions These Days
October 21, 2009

Chamblee Business Association
Employment Law Changes That Could Affect Your Business
October 4, 2009
Chamblee, GA

Georgia Movers Assocation
10 Ways to Guarantee Your Employees Will Sue You
September 14, 2009

Fisher & Phillips
Pending Legislation That May Affect Your Business
September 9, 2009
Webinar

Carrol County Chamber of Commerce
Braving the New World Of Labor & Employment Law
June 23, 2009
Carrollton, GA

National Human Resources Association
Preparing For Organized Labor's Legislative Assault
June 9, 2009

Fisher & Phillips
Pending Legislation That May Affect Your Business
June 7, 2009
Webinar

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready
May 14
Lawrenceville, GA

Southeast Corporate Federal Credit Union
Braving the New World Of Labor & Employment Law
May 6, 2009
Tallahassee, FL

Haralson County Chamber of Commerce
Braving the New World Of Labor & Employment Law
March 25, 2009
Waco, GA

Kids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting
10 Ways to Guarantee Your Employees Will Sue You
March 25, 2009
Atlanta, GA

Kids 'R' Kids Owners Conference
Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready
February 27,2009
San Antonio, TX

Douglas County Chamber of Commerce
Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready
February 24,2009
Douglasville, GA

Fisher & Phillips
Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready
February 13,2009
Webinar

West Georgia Personnel Association
Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready
January 8,2009
Carrollton, GA

Georgia Institute of Technology
Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready
January 8,2009
Carrollton, GA

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Defense Verdict in Demand for Pro Rata Share of Annual Bonus; Reported Cases; Lowry v. Regis Salons Corp., 2006 WL 2583224 (N.D. Ga. 2006); Johnson v. Fulton Concrete Co., 330 F. Supp. 2d 1330 (N.D. Ga. 2004); Kollman v. International Broth. of Elec. Workers, 2003 WL 22047882 (N.D. Ga. 2003); Viveros v. Nationwide Janitorial Ass'n, Inc., 200 F.R.D. 681 (N.D. Ga. 2000); Bethel v. Dixie Homecrafters, Inc., 192 F.R.D. 320 (N.D. Ga. 2000); Blackwell v. National Distributing Company, Inc., 52 F.3d 1072 (11th Cir. 1995)
 
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The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today’s business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights as well as a shield to protect them.


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