Category Archives: Employment Law

Wage Orders Update!

  • May 19 2017

It’s already been a busy year for employers with lots of action from the California Legislature, federal and state agencies, local governments, and our courts.  Wage and hour employment law has received a lot of attention from policy makers, enforcement agencies and the courts. California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) regulates wages and hours of employees with documents called Wage Orders.  There are 17 Wage Orders, each one specific to the industry or occupation...

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Summer is Coming! Preparing for Heat Illness Prevention

  • May 12 2017

Warm weather is on its way, and employers with outdoor places of employment should prepare now to ensure their employees have a safe workplace.  Heat illness is a serious medical condition resulting from the body’s inability to cope with a particular heat load.  Heat illness can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, even death.  Many factors can lead to heat illness, including: Exposure to high air temperature and relative humidity; Exposure...

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New Regulations on Employers’ Use of Criminal History

  • Apr 26 2017

Effective July 1, 2017 California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) issued new regulations on employers’ use of criminal background information in hiring decisions. The new law prohibits employers from using or seeking criminal history information that has an adverse impact on a protected class, unless the information sought is job related.  Further, employers are required to provide written notice to the applicant explaining a decision to not hire based on criminal history....

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Why Your Business Needs An Email Policy

  • Feb 28 2017

In the contemporary workplace, email is an essential and efficient form of communication. Whether it’s used internally among staff members, or for exchanges with vendors and customers, email is a necessary business tool. At the same time, misuse of this technology can expose an organization to legal and reputational risks as well as security breaches. For this reason, it is crucial to put a formal email policy in place. First, an email policy should clarify...

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Newly Revised Form I-9, Effective January 2017

  • Nov 28 2016

Federal Law requires that employers complete Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for every new employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Department of Homeland Security has updated the I-9 Form effective January 22, 2017. Employers must use the new version, dated 11/14/16. If you have any questions regarding the new Form I-9, please do not hesitate to contact an employment law attorney at Schneider’s & Associates, L.L.P. for advice or counsel.

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Can You Keep Pot Out Of Your Workplace After Proposition 64?

  • Nov 18 2016

California voters passed Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Prop 64 legalized the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years old and over. Despite the passage of Proposition 64, smoking or ingesting marijuana in public will remain illegal, as will smoking or ingesting marijuana in places where smoking tobacco is prohibited. Similarly, driving under the influence of marijuana will remain unlawful. How will this affect the workplace? Employers need not fret,...

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How to Avoid Common Errors in Employee Handbooks- Episode 3

  • Aug 12 2016

Here is another quick tip from Attorney Ted Schneider on avoiding common errors in employee handbooks: You can’t put a cap on medical leave. 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 law, bankruptcy, homeowners associations, non-profit law, family...

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How To Avoid Common Errors In Employee Handbooks – Episode 2

  • Jul 29 2016

Here is another quick tip from Attorney Ted Schneider on avoiding common errors in employee handbooks: overly detailed discipline procedures. 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 law, bankruptcy, homeowners associations, non-profit law, family law, intellectual property, land use and...

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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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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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