Category Archives: Employment Law

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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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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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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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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