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How to Avoid Common Errors in Employee Handbooks – Episode 1

  • Jul 22 2016

Attention Employers! This year alone there are over 1000 new employment laws in California. Watch and listen to this quick tip from Attorney Ted Schneider on avoiding common errors in employee handbooks. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to keep seeing tips like these. Schneiders & Associates, LLP is a premier Ventura County law firm successfully counseling individual and business clients in matters relating to business transactions, business litigation, employment law, estate planning, real estate...

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Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P. Welcomes Experienced Litigation Attorney Georgianna Pennington Regnier to the Firm

  • Jul 8 2016

Ventura County business law firm Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P. welcomes attorney Georgianna Pennington Regnier to the firm. Georgianna practices in the areas of business and civil litigation, employment law in State and Federal courts and in administrative forums with an emphasis on Federal Civilian Employees. Georgianna will be joining Attorney Kathleen Smith at Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P., in the firm’s litigation practice. Kathi comments on the expansion of the firm’s litigation team, “I am...

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Why Every Homeowner Should Consider A Living Trust

  • Jun 28 2016

By Roy Schneider, Esq. Congratulations! You are a homeowner. You achieved the American dream (or at least part of it) and now you own a piece of real estate in one of the most desirable parts of the United States – California. For a lot of people their house is their largest asset, and the value of this asset will only grow with time. Thus, if you bought your house 10-15 years ago, the...

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Common Lawsuits Brought Against Small Businesses

  • Jun 17 2016

By Ted Schneider, Esq. It is impossible to predict every lawsuit that a small business might possibly face. There is nothing to prevent angry vendors, entitled customers, or disgruntled employees from filing a lawsuit, even if there is no legitimate basis for it. The more a business owner delegates responsibilities to employees, the greater the risk that an employee makes a mistake and exposes the business to a lawsuit. Even the most vigilant, hands on business...

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The Basics of Hiring Interns

  • Jun 1 2016

By Roy Schneider, Esq. Interns can help to instill a mentorship culture at your company and inject new ideas into the organization. However, the intern- employer relationship can be a tricky one, and should be carefully considered. Unpaid Interns The most common question that is raised when an employer is considering bringing an intern on board is whether or not that intern will need to be paid.  Although common, the practice of hiring unpaid...

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When is a person unfit to make a will?

  • May 27 2016

By William Starr, Esq. Determining the mental capacity of an individual can be a tricky endeavor.  That is why experienced doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists are necessary to diagnose and document a mental disorder.  However, in making a will or an estate, a different standard of mental capacity is used. Testamentary capacity refers to a person’s ability to understand and execute a will or estate plan. As a general rule, a person of ordinarily intelligence...

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Ventura County Employment Law Attorney, Ted Schneider, Comments on the New Federal Overtime Rules Issued May 18, 2016 under the Fair Labor Standards Act

  • May 19 2016

By: Ted Schneider, Esq. On Wednesday, May 18th, the U.S. Department of Labor released their final overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salary Under the new rules, effective December 1, 2016, the annual salary threshold at which an employee in California can be considered exempt from overtime pay will be substantially increased from $41,600 to $47,476, or $913 per week. An employee must be paid a predetermined and fixed amount that is...

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Common Reasons Why a Bankruptcy Petition might be Dismissed

  • May 4 2016

By William Winfield, Esq. 1. Bankruptcy Fraud: It cannot be overstated how important it is to tell the truth and accurately disclose all income assets, debts, and other required information when preparing a Bankruptcy Petition. If a Court finds that a Petitioner committed a willful fraud, the Petition will likely be dismissed. In California, the Court may also impose criminal penalties including fines and incarceration. 2. Failing the Means Test: In order to be granted...

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How to Calculate Estate Tax

  • Apr 22 2016

By Roy Schneider, Esq. In order to predict how much your estate will have to pay in taxes, you must first determine the value of the estate. To determine this, many assets might have to be appraised at fair market value. The estate includes all assets including real estate, cash, securities, stocks, bonds, business interests, loans receivable, furnishings, jewelry, and other valuables, such as intellectual property, including patents, trademarks and copyrights. Once your total...

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New Discrimination & Harassment Regulations for Employers

  • Apr 14 2016

By Ted Schneider, Esq. The California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) has issued new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations effective April 1, 2016. If you are an employer, and you have questions or concerns regarding any of the new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations we encourage you to contact Schneiders & Associates, L.L.P.  Our employment attorneys can review your existing policies to ensure they are compliant with the new regulations, and assist you with creating compliant...

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