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Mr. Simpson

Matthew Simpson

Attorney, Atlanta Office of Fisher & Phillips LLP

Matthew R. Simpson is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Fisher & Phillips LLP, one of the nation's leading labor and employment law firms representing employers. Mr, Simpson represents companies in all areas of labor and employment law in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. A significant portion of Mr. Simpson's practice focuses on wage and hour law. He also counsels companies and their managers on "preventive" employee relations. This includes advice on employee screening and selection, drug and alcohol testing, wage and hour compliance harassment investigations, disciplinary strategies and terminations. He also drafts employment applications, employee handbooks, arbitration agreements, confidentiality agreements, and non-compete, non-solicitation and severance agreements and conducts regular on-site employment and wage-hour audits for his clients to ensure that they continue to be in compliance with changing laws and regulations. Mr. Simpson received the 2007 Georgia State Bar Labor and Employment Law Award and was listed in Georgia Super Lawyers - Rising Stars from 2011 to 2014. In addition, he was credited as an author on an e-discovery chapter in Data: Law and Litigation. The book provides an overview of legal issues associated with employment-related electronically stored information, focusing on discovery issues in particular. Mr. Simpson received a B.A. cum laude from Texas Christian University and J.D. with honors from Emory University School of Law. While in law school, Simpson was a member of the Emory Law Journal and was awarded the Georgia State Bar Labor and Employment Award.

Mr. Simpson can be contacted at 404-240-4221 or msimpson@laborlawyers.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.