D. Albert Brannen
Firm:
Fisher & Phillips LLP
Phone:Array
Address: 1075 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

Membership: Professional ActivitiesMember, College of Labor and Employment LawyersChairman, Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar Of GeorgiaMember, Electric Cooperative Bar Association Member, Association of General Contractors Labor and Employment L
University: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, B.S., with honors, 1978; University of Georgia, Athens, GA, M.B.A., cum laude, 1982, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA, J.D., cum laude, 1982
Admitted: 1982, 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 o
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.Bert 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 also 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. 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 former Chairman of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Bert is admitted to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. 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. 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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 PresentationsWhat Contractors Need to Know About Labor & Employment Laws and How to Deal with FLSA Claims October 1, 2015 West Georgia HR Academy Part 2 June 24, 2015 10 Tips for Avoiding Employment Law Claims In 2015 June 11, 2015 National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association May 20, 2015 Performance Management: Start To Finish April 20, 2015 The NLRB's New Quickie Election Rule April 15, 2015 How the NLRB Affects Unionized and Non-Unionized Employers: Preparing For Change March 25, 2015 Kids 'R' Kids Owners' Conference February 19, 2015 What Would You Do If...? Planning For HR Contingencies January 12, 2015 Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce HR Academy September 9, 2014Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce“Recent NLRB Actions Impact Non-Unionized and UnionizedEmployers: How You Need to Prepare”October 28, 2014Atlanta, GA Georgia Child Care Association Owners' Conference“Anatomy of a Lawsuit”October 21, 2014Duluth, GA Florida Electric Cooperatives Association“Hot Topics in Employment Law - Parts I and II”“What Would You Do...? Contingency Planning for HR Leaders”September 11, 2014Clearwater Beach, FL Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce HR Academy“What Would You Do If....? Planning for HR Contingencies”September 10, 2014Cartersville, GANational Rural Electric Cooperative Association“Hot Topics In Employment Law For 2014”“Taking the Bully By The Horns: Dealing With Workplace Bullying”“Everybody Gets A Trophy: Effective Performance Management”“Recent NLRB Actions Impact Unionized and Non-Unionized Employers: How You Need To Prepare”“She Said What?!? Effective Workplace Investigations”“Which Is Riskier? Hiring Criminals Or Conducting Background Checks?”“Think Twice Before You Delete That E-mail: Computers And Employment Law Nightmares”“What Would You Do If...?”August 19-20, 2014Chicago, IL National Rural Electric Legal Seminar“7 Hot Topics In Employment law for 2014”“What Would You Do If....? Planning for HR Contingencies”August 13, 2014Charleston, SCAthens Technical College Payroll Seminar“Employee or Independent Contractor?”August 14, 2014Athens, GA Georgia State Leadership Institute“What Would You Do If...Planning for HR Contingencies”July 23, 2014Atlanta, GA Strategic HR Partners“Positive Employee Relations Are Critical, Especially With The New NLRB” April 25, 2014Columbus, GAFisher & Phillips Annual Atlanta Client Seminar“Everybody Gets A Trophy: Avoiding Performance Management Mistakes”March 25, 2014Atlanta, 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....? Planning for HR Contingencies”February 2, 2014Phoenix, 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 Cartersville Bartow Chamber of Commerce“Performance Management: Start To Finish”November 7, 2013Cartersville, GAHaralson County Chamber of Commerce“Employer's Survival Guide: 7 Things Every Cooperative Should Do To Comply With Recent Employment Law Changes”October 23, 2013Waco, GA Kids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting“Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues”September 23, 2013Atlanta, GA Dental Management Advisors“Avoiding Unemployment Law Claims”September 12, 2013Webinar Florida Electric Cooperative HR Conference“7 Things Every Cooperative Should Do To Comply With Recent Employment Law Changes”September 11, 2013Clearwater, FL Electric Cooperative Bar Association“What Every Cooperative Needs To Know About Labor And Employment Law In 2013”“Accommodations And The ADA: Practical Solutions To Real Workplace Challenges”August 21, 2013San Francisco, CA National Rural Electric Cooperative HR Seminar“I-9 Boot CampJuly 24, 2013New Orleans, LANational 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, 2013New Orleans, LA Dental Management Advisors“Leaves Of Absence, Safety, Health & Wellness Programs For Small Practices”July 11, 2013Webinar National Rural Electric Cooperative Legal Seminar“10 Things Every Cooperative Needs To Know To Comply With Recent Legal Changes”“Accommodations And The ADA: Practical Solutions To Real Workplace Challenges”June 7, 2013National Harbor, MD Dental Management Advisors“Avoiding Harassment, Discrimination And Retaliation Claims”May 9, 2013Webinar South Metro Atlanta HR Association“Recent Changes In Labor And Employment Law”May 2, 2013Peachtree City, GA Dental Management Advisors“Performance Management, Including Discipline And Discharge”March 14, 2013WebinarGeorgia 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”March 2, 2013San Diego, CA Carrico Human Resource Management“The NLRA - How Is It Relevant In Today's Workplace?”February 21, 2014Atlanta, GA Sterling Real Estate & Construction Seminar“Employment Matters In The Construction Industry”January 22, 2013Atlanta, GA Dental Management Advisors“Hiring and Screening The Best Applicants”November 19, 2012WebinarDental Management Advisors“Employment-Related Recordkeeping For Small PracticesNovember 10, 2012Webinar Carroll Haralson HR Academy“Maintaining A Work Environment Free From Harassment, Discrimination And Retaliation”November 19, 2012Carrollton, GADental Management Advisors“Employment-Related Recordkeeping For Small Practices”November 8, 2012Webinar Haralson County Chamber of Commerce“The Election's Over: Now What?”November 3, 2012Carrollton, 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, 2012Couer D'Alene, ID Haralson County Chamber of Commerce“Getting Your HR House In Order: The Basics”May 30, 2012Carrollton, GA Kids 'R' Kids Owners Conference“Employee Wage Issues”“How Would This Look In Court?”April 18, 2012Amelia Island, FL Kids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting“Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues”February 23, 2012Atlanta, GA GA ICLE Tropical Seminar“Hot Topics In Labor Law - Change Without Legislation”February 16, 2012The Seminar Group: The Best of CLE“Update on Hot Topics In Labor Law”November 29, 2011Atlanta, GANational 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, 2011Charlotte, 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, 2011Bachelor Gulch, COKids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting“Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues”May 21, 2011Atlanta, GANational 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, 2011Orlando, FL Carroll Haralson HR Academy“Performance Management Start To Finish”November 19, 2010Carrollton, GASHRM Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World September 22, 2010Valdosta, GAInside Counsel Symposium Best Practices For Managing Labor Relations A Union-Proofing Plan September 16, 2010Chicago, ILFECA (Florida Electric Cooperative Association) Collision Of MySpace, Your Space And Our Space Prescription for Positive Labor Relations September 9, 2010Clearwater, FLGeorgia Branch, AGC Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World August 31, 2010Savannah, GAGeorgia Branch, AGC Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World August 18, 2010Columbus, GAGeorgia Branch, AGC Employment Law Changes That Will Rock Your World August 18, 2010Macon, GAStrategic HR Partners Union-Free Session: Preparing for Organized Labor's Latest Assault August 5, 2010Columbus, GAGeorgia Branch, AGCEmployment Law Changes That Will Rock Your WorldAugust 3, 2010Waco, GANational 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, 2010San Antonio, TXState Bar of GA/GABWA Women & Minorities in the Profession SeminarPanelist: Diversity In A down Economy: Is There A Point?June 18, 2010Atlanta, GAFisher & Phillips Performance Management: Start To Finish May 20, 2010WebinarHill Phoenix Preparing for Organized Labor's Legislative Assault May 19, 2010Conyers, GAKids '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, 2010New Orleans, LAKids 'R' Kids New Franchisees Meeting Building Blocks For Avoiding Employment Issues April 22, 2010Atlanta, GAGeorgia Institute of Technology Pending Labor Laws March 3, 2010WebinarWest Georgia Personnel Association The Collision of My Space, Your Space And Our Space March 11, 2010Carrollton, GAThe McAleer Group Employment Law Update: What's New And What To Expect in 2010 10 Ways To Guarantee Employees Will Sue You March 5, 2010Atlanta, GAFisher & 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, FLInsurance Office of America Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World February 17, 2010 Gainesville, GAGA ICLE Tropical Seminar Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World February 2, 2010 St. Thomas, VIGeorgia Existing Industry Meeting Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World February 2, 2010 Warner Robins, GAPowerSouth Annual Trustees' Update Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World January 20, 2010Sandestin, FLGeorgia Institute of Technology Employment Law Changes That Could Rock Your World January 1, 2010Atlanta, GAUtility Trailer Preparing for Organized Labor's Legislative Assault January 8, 2010City of Industry, CAHaralson County Chamber of CommerceAvoiding Collisions Between MySpace, Your Space and Our SpaceDecember 18, 2019Carrollton, GAGIA Pending Legislation That Will Rock Your World November 12, 2009WebinarGIA Annual Meeting What's Up With Unions These Days? November 11, 2009Atlanta, GAGreater Hall Chamber of Commerce HR Academy Management: Evaluation, Discipline & Termination November 4, 2009Gainesville, GAAGC National HR Meeting Employment Law Changes That Could Affect Your Business October 28, 2009Atlanta, GAGreene County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development / Nibco What's Up With Unions These Days? October 21, 2009Greensboro, GA Chamblee Business Association Employment Law Changes That Could Affect Your Business October 4, 2009Chamblee, GAGeorgia Movers Association 10 Ways to Guarantee Your Employees Will Sue You September 14, 2009Atlanta, GAFisher & Phillips Pending Legislation That May Affect Your Business September 9, 2009WebinarCarroll County Chamber of CommerceBraving the New World Of Labor & Employment LawJune 23, 2009Carrollton, GANational Human Resources Association Preparing For Organized Labor's Legislative Assault June 9, 2009Irvine, CAFisher & Phillips Pending Legislation That May Affect Your Business June 7, 2009WebinarGwinnett Chamber of Commerce Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready? May 14, 2009Lawrenceville, GASoutheast Corporate Federal Credit Union Braving the New World Of Labor & Employment Law May 6, 2009Tallahassee, FLHaralson County Chamber of Commerce Braving the New World Of Labor & Employment Law March 25, 2009Waco, GAKids 'R' Kids Franchisees Meeting 10 Ways to Guarantee Your Employees Will Sue You March 25, 2009Atlanta, GAKids 'R' Kids Owners Conference Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready? February 27, 2009San Antonio, TXDouglas County Chamber of Commerce Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready? February 24, 2009 Douglasville, GAFisher & Phillips LLP Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready? February 13, 2009WebinarWest Georgia Personnel Association Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready? January 8, 2009 Carrollton, GAGeorgia Institute of Technology Organized Labor's Legislative Assault On Your Center: Are You Ready? January 8, 2009 Carrollton, GA RecognitionEighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 August 17, 2015 Two Partners Elected as Fellows to College of Labor and Employment Lawyers June 26, 2015 Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Named to 2015 Georgia Super Lawyers List February 20, 2015 Quotes and SoundbitesQuickie' Union Elections Yielding Mixed Results August 8, 2015 March Madness: Let the Workplace Distractions Begin March 17, 2015 Topics Managers Should Avoid in the Workplace, and Dealing with Argumentative Workers December 12, 2014 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 ArticlesAnd The Beat Goes On... The NLRB's Attack on Confidentiality Continues October 1, 2015 Four Steps To Effective Performance Management July 1, 2015 Should You Have Job Descriptions? 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