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Running on Empty: Protecting People and Business During the COVID-19 Crisis

The hotel industry has taken an unexpected twist in the wake of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. With an increasing number of states ordering all but essential workers to shelter in place as the pandemic threatens to overwhelm the U.S. healthcare system and have a serious impact on the country’s previously robust economy, hotels, along with the rest of the travel and tourism industry, are among the hardest hit.

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Lyft launches Wait & Save, pauses shared rides in Atlanta

A major player in Atlanta's ride-sharing landscape is shifting course in response to Covid-19. Lyft Inc. (Nasdaq: LYFT) said it has "paused" its more affordable "shared rides" option in all markets and is replacing it with a service that lets a customer opt for a longer wait time in exchange for a cheaper fare.

Media Placements

District Administration
Free teaching resources and free education services

As more schools and districts continue to be affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, solution providers have stepped up by rolling out free teaching resources and education services that promote online learning, offer advice, improve communications and even provide nourishment. Here are 98 free education resources and teacher services for K-12 leaders to consider.

11Alive - NBC Atlanta
How to get the most out of your hotel stay

Tenille Perry is the director of sales and marketing at Atlanta's Ellis Hotel. Here are her pro tips for maxing out your hotel stay.

Atlanta Journal Constitution
What entertainers are doing to push for smoke-free venues

Claudette King, the youngest daughter of blues great B.B. King, loves performing, but she's had to cut a show short or turn down gigs altogether because the smoke gets in her eyes. And lungs. Everywhere. "I can't do what I'm supposed to do when it's smoky," said the Marietta resident, who is known as "The Bluz Queen."

Southern Living
12 CEOs of Southern Companies Share Their Bedtime Rituals

Feeling like you could use a dose of inspiration for your evening routine to make it your best year yet? You're not alone. And with the new year (and decade!) underway, now's a great moment to reassess your nighttime habits and think about how you could improve them.

6 wintry places to go ice skating in and around Atlanta

It's that time of year to gather with the family around the fire, drink hot cocoa - and perhaps head to ice skating rinks around town. From out in the 'burbs to high in the sky, metro Atlanta offers lots of options for cheerfully twisting, turning and gliding across the ice with family and friends.

FOX 5 Atlanta
Rooftop ice rink returns to Ponce City Market

Okay, so maybe you haven't mastered that quadruple axel yet. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy an evening of ice skating this holiday season. And who needs a gold medal when you have the glittering skyline of Atlanta as your backdrop?

FOX 5 Atlanta
Swimming standout prepares for Toyota U.S. Open in Atlanta

In one month, the best swimmers in the world will be right here in Atlanta, competing in the Toyota U.S. Open - and all eyes will be on Caeleb Dressel, a two-time Olympic gold medalist who recently made history by winning a record-setting eight medals at the 2019 world championships.

Roof at Ponce City Market transforming into winter playground

Just because the temperatures are dropping doesn't mean you have to move the fun indoors. If you enjoyed The Roof at Ponce City Market during the summer, you'll want to return during the fall and winter for the cold weather activities.

CBS News 12 Augusta
Cyber Center work progresses weeks before opening

Building One of Augusta's new Cyber Center is set to open in just 35 days, and the pounding and beeping at the construction site tells us the work is anything but slow.

Nashville Business Journal
Holiday party tips from a Nashville lawyer

There is always a chance fun office celebrations this time of year will take a turn for the worse and model employees will find themselves on the naughty list.

Times Higher Education (THE)
Navigating Title IX claims leaves universities between a rock and a hard place

On any college campus, investigating a sexual misconduct allegation is unfortunately not a question of if, but when. Yet, for many schools in today's #MeToo era, being well equipped to handle each complaint in a sensitive manner that protects the rights of all students, regardless of gender, remains no easy feat.

Sticky Issues Arise in Food Hall Lease Negotiations

BBQ ribs can be messy, but food hall lease negotiations can be all out sticky. GlobeSt.com caught up with Jeremy Cohen, a partner at national commercial real estate firm Hartman Simons, to get his take on these and other food hall lease issues.

Shopping Center Business
Satisfying a Growing Appetite

Restaurants and other food-related concepts are leading retail in Atlanta as consumer spending habits evolve

Southeast Real Estate Business
Satisfying a Growing Appetite

Restaurants, other food-related concepts are taking off in Atlanta as consumer spending habits evolve.

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Big changes coming to Atlantic Station (SLIDESHOW) (Video) - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Almost 20 years after it was first imagined as a "city within a city" rising over a former steel mill, Midtown's Atlantic Station is poised for another evolution. Commercial real estate developer Hines and its capital partner, a real estate affiliate of Morgan Stanley, continue expanding the 138-acre development.

11Alive NBC Atlanta
Atlanta collector sees comic art soar in value

The money is good, but it's not the motivation for Benno Rothschild, an Atlanta attorney who collects comic art. "I enjoy the sequential nature of it," said Rothschild, a partner with Hartman Simons. "It's art that tells a story, which I think is pretty fun."

90.1 FM WABE
Closer Look: The potential pitfalls of March Madness pools in the workplace

Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress": 0:00: Longtime NPR journalist Barbara Bradley Hagerty talks about her NPR series on middle age; 11:25: Bert Brannen, managing partner of law firm Fisher & Phillips' Atlanta office, discusses the potential pitfalls of March Madness pools in the workplace;

FOX 5 Atlanta
Couple brings tiny home to Atlantic Station

They call it #TinyLab, and say it's the world's highest-performance tiny house on wheels. Now, YouTube stars Grace and Corbett Lunsford are bringing #TinyLab to Atlanta.

Opinion: O'Reilly case shows need for employer diligence

Recent headlines about Fox News' Bill O'Reilly have undoubtedly increased awareness regarding sexual harassment in the workplace. With the heightened interest amongst employees regarding workplace rights, metro Atlanta employers should brace themselves for more sexual harassment-related inquiries. Companies that don't take appropriate measures may find themselves in deep trouble.

90.1 FM WABE
Closer Look: Some White Nationalists Fired After Being Identified Through Social Media

Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott": 0:00: Earlier this month, a white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, turned violent, killing three people. After the rally, some of the protestors were recognized by their employers and lost their jobs.

11Alive NBC Atlanta
Office pools for March Madness can be murky

Before you start or join an NCAA tournament bracket at work, you should consider the risks. Employers have to be careful, too, according to Atlanta attorney Corey Goerdt, an associate with Fisher & Phillips, LLP.

Daily Report
Fisher Phillips Partner Focuses on Photography

Anderson Scott a partner at Fisher & Phillips in Atlanta is a photographer whose work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Huffington Post, Wired, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the High Museum of Atlanta and Yale University Gallery.

11Alive Facebook Live
Workplace Romance Post #Metoo

Mixing business with pleasure is complicated and may require you to sign a “love contract” at work. Attorney Jennifer Sandberg with Fisher Phillips is here to take your questions as the #metoo movement sheds new light on office romances.

CBS46 Atlanta
Could 'Falcons Fever' lead to record number of sick calls on Monday?

It could be the biggest game ever for the Atlanta Falcons. As we grow closer to kickoff this Super Bowl Sunday, "Falcons Fever" is taking over Georgia, but will that fever mean a record number of sick calls on Monday? Every year, Super Bowl Monday has one of the highest call-in rates of the entire year.

Business Insurance
California seeks to take up mantle on workplace safety reporting from OSHA

California is trying to take the enforcement reins on workplace safety reporting requirements pursued and adopted by the Obama administration before being revoked by the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress, but it's unclear the extent to which other states will follow its lead, experts say.

11Alive NBC Atlanta
Political talk at work is not protected speech

"The First Amendment protects people only from government interference with speech, not employer interference," said Matt Simpson, a partner at national labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips.

NBC 11Alive Atlanta
Mental health support might start at work

Employers can play a key role in preventing suicides and improving the mental health of workers. Employee Assistance Programs or EAPs are work-based intervention programs designed to identify and help employees address personal issues.

NBC 11Alive Atlanta
5 steps to take if you've been sexually harassed at work

The Harvey Weinstein allegations are shedding new light on sexual harassment, but many women still don't know what to do if they experience problems in the workplace. "Many employers have put in place solid harassment reporting policies, but a policy is only valuable if it actually is followed," says Marty Heller, an attorney at national labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips.

NBC 11Alive Atlanta
Eclipse alert - don't put your job at risk to see it

Excitement over Monday's solar eclipse could entice employees to skirt the rules to get a better look, but employment attorneys warn against it. Michelli Rivera, an attorney in the Atlanta office of national labor and employment firm Fisher Phillips, has a list of things to remember: Be careful your productivity doesn't slip.

Convenience Store Decisions
Shedding Light on the Overtime Rule

Convenience store operators should monitor developments and continue to maintain the status quo with respect to their actions in response to the overtime rule.

Will Trump immigration ban affect tech skill shortages at your company?

On Friday, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to temporarily suspend the US Refugee Admissions Program and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. The move sparked protests around the country, and raised questions about what it would mean for US businesses and foreign-born workers.

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Law firm Fisher & Phillips getting new name, logo - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta-based management-side labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP is going through a makeover. The firm has rebranded as "Fisher Phillips" and taken on a new logo, tagline and website. "Fisher Phillips is a firm with savvy clients who expect the best in legal talent and client service," said Roger Quillen, the firm's chairman and managing partner.

National Real Estate Investor
Recent Court Rulings Demonstrate Value of Operating Covenants

Many retail leases contain operating covenants included in a long list of boilerplate provisions. Tenants agree to operate their stores for a minimum number of years during the lease term, but also agree to how many hours they will keep their doors open each week-usually conforming to the normal business hours for other tenants in the shopping center.

FSR Magazine
Lessons on Leasing for Restaurant Operators

The best restaurateurs are good at the details: they pay attention to what ingredients go into the food, how each dish is plated and served, how much liquor is sold, and how quickly the tables turn.They need to train that same laser focus on a critical piece of paper that can spell the difference between big profits and big headaches: the lease.

Masonry Magazine
Key Considerations for Successfully Winning Masonry Contracts

At the outset of a construction project, the early bidding phase is an important time for masonry subcontractors to demonstrate they have the experience needed to successfully complete a project and can work in lock step with construction managers, including the ability to coordinate schedules, work within established budgets and achieve a project's full scope.

5 Employer Worries Raised By OSHA's New Injury Rule

A rule finalized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Wednesday that would make workplace injury data recorded by employers publicly accessible may force them to rethink drug testing and other policies that could discourage employee reports of safety incidents and embolden unions to target workplaces with shaky safety records.

Landscape Contractor
H-2B Update

Fisher Phillips' Cynthia Yarbrough discusses what employers should know about the H-2B program.

Architectural Digest
Kenny Rogers' Former Georgia Farm Is Going up for Auction

Country music star Kenny Rogers's former 973-acre property (said to be the inspiration for much of his music) is up for auction, with bidding starting at $3.9 million. Beaver Dam Farms-a sprawling estate located just outside Athens, Georgia-comprises two guesthouses, four villas, as well as a 7-bedroom, 6.5-bath main residence.

Shopping Center Business
A Shifting Future for Outlets

While a flurry of outlet development continues to be seen throughout the country, some wonder how long the hot streak will last.

Convenience Store Decisions
U.S. Department of Labor Reveals Revised Overtime Regulations

Final regulations will extend overtime pay to millions of workers who were previously ineligible. On Wednesday, the Department of Labor released the final overtime pay regulations, set to go into effect at the end of this year.

Convenience Store Decisions
Finding Property Tax Savings

Taxes are never a convenient issue for business owners, no matter if the tax levied occurs at the federal, state or local level.

CAR WASH Magazine
OSHA Update

Record keeping reporting requirement becomes key tool in OSHA enforcement

Condé Nast Traveler
Are We Overreacting to Ebola Threat in the U.S.?

It's becoming a familiar routine both here and abroad: A passenger on a plane gets sick, and Ebola is immediately suspected. Travelers are held in place or even questioned; employees are sidelined. In the latest episode, a "physician who worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea has tested positive for Ebola in New York City.

Popular Mechanics
Why the Airlines Are Overreacting to Ebola

Following the news that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola had flown on a Frontier Airlines jet while possibly contagious, Frontier took the extraordinary step of furloughing two pilots and even ripping out seat cushions from the plane in question. And that's just the beginning.


Ashby Gressette, AIA, Stevens & Wilkinson - Who's On The Move

Good design plays a huge role in defining the live/work/play environment of communities. Designs not only reinforce and enhance community development, but also give direction to subsequent projects. Good design also improves the image of a community through appearance, safety and participation.

Automotive News
Dealerships must put a stop to sexual harassment, or it could cost them big

The pitfalls of sexual harassment are obvious and problematic -- just look at current news headlines and the spate of high-profile allegations, lawsuits, firings and resignations. Unfortunately, even after decades of attention on this issue, sexual harassment continues in workplaces across industries.

Daily Report
Best Mentors (Midsize): Bert Brannen | Daily Report

Robin Hensley | Curfman believes that emotional intelligence is the key to marketing, whether you're an introvert, extrovert or somewhere between. Meredith Hobbs | Hicks, who leads the Atlanta real estate practice at DLA Piper, has handled quite a few massive mixed-use projects, but nothing quite like SunTrust Park and The Battery.

Corporate Communications

The Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola Group Highlights Visible and Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace

A roundtable conversation featuring Matthew Segall, Ph.D., program director for education and transition services at the Emory Autism Center; Sheryl Arno, executive director of the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta; and Allie Andrews, senior manager of shopper analytic advantage at Coca-Cola.

The Coca-Cola Company
Sneak Peek: Coca-Cola Employees Treated to 'Dear Future' Screenings

With this week's launch of a new ad titled "Dear Future," the Coca-Cola Co. USA is building on last fall's national and local advertising efforts highlighting the system's people, diverse portfolio of products and efforts to strengthen the communities where its people live and work.

The Coca-Cola Company
Supporting Military Men & Women, Coca-Cola Hits Veteran Hiring Goal Early

In 1941, Robert W. Woodruff pledged to place Coca-Cola within arm's reach of desire wherever U.S. troops were stationed around the world. This was the origin of the company's longstanding support of the nation's armed services. Today, one of the primary ways the company showcases this enduring commitment to veterans is through recruiting.

Press Releases

Freelance Articles

A Journey with Purpose

On Labor Day weekend of 2009, Jen and Ryan Hidinger hosted "Tacos at Hidinger's." Two hundred guests enjoyed handcrafted cocktails, scratch-made pazole over a fire pit and whole-roasted pig from a caja china in the couple's backyard.

Splash of Glass in the Garden

Perform an internet search for Dale Chihuly, the internationally acclaimed artist who boasts 12 honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and you'll be met by an image of the wild-haired glassblower sporting a rakish eye patch from an injury sustained during a visit to England in 1976.

Paste Magazine
12 Mississippi Bands You Should Listen to Now

William Faulkner said, "To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi." To understand American music, you also must first understand Mississippi. After all, the roots of our nation's music run through the Magnolia State.

Paste Magazine
12 Alabama Bands You Should Listen To Now

Muscle Shoals, Ala. lies on the south bank of the Tennessee River, which coincidentally was called the "Singing River" by the Native Americans who settled in the region. Recently, the small northwest Alabama community has garnered plenty of attention-both from the release of Muscle Shoals that documents the area's rich music history, and the rise of popular bands from the region including the Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell and The Secret Sisters.

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