We recognize that it is important for our business clients to have a stable and loyal workforce. Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek’s employment law attorneys work to ensure that clients deal wisely and reasonably with their human resources challenges. We provide strategic legal advice and services to help employers minimize the risk of litigation through effective workplace strategies.
SCMV focuses on addressing litigation risk in clients’ formation and on-going management of employee relationships and successfully resolves actual or threatened litigation through strategic planning and negotiation. However, when litigation cannot be avoided, we bring a wealth of experience to forcefully pursue or defend our clients’ claims in trial.
We have successfully represented clients before administrative agencies and in defending wrongful discharge and sexual harassment charges. We collaborate, as needed, with business attorneys on matters such as contracts and compensation and counsel employers on individual terminations, reductions-in-force and the other challenges that face employers today.
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Dan Eaton: Can better policies prevent workplace sexual assault?
SCMV employment law attorney Dan Eaton was quoted in an Associated Press article about better implementing policies to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. According to Dan, “sexual…Learn More
The Law at Work: Holiday Party Rules for Managers
In this season of company-sponsored holiday parties, the country finds itself in the midst of a teachable moment about sexual harassment. In his The Law at Work column in the Union-Tribune,…Learn More
The Law at Work: New law to ban inquires into salary history
In the new year, California employers will be prohibited from considering, or inquiring into, an applicant’s salary history unless the applicant discloses that information “voluntarily…Learn More
The Law at Work: What do employers need to know about the ‘ban the box’ law
In January, the so-called “ban the box” measure, which applies to virtually all California public and private employers, goes into effect, prohibiting an employer from including on an…Learn More
The Law at Work: Distinguishing between employees and independent contractors
How does a court determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor? In his The Law at Work column in the San Diego Union Tribune, Shareholder Dan Eaton answers this question by…Learn More
The Law at Work: Is firing an in-law marital discrimination?
You are CEO of a company. A woman you know well calls to inform you that her husband, an at-will company employee for over 20 years, has a gun and has told her that he is angry at his co-workers.…Learn More
The Law at Work: What does the law require of you? Accommodating employees’ religious practices and beliefs
California law generally prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee “because of a conflict between the person’s religious belief or observance and any employment…Learn More
California’s New Fair Pay Act: What Employers Need to Know
By Andrea N. Myers When California’s Fair Pay Act (SB 358) (the “Act”) takes effect on January 1, 2016, it will be among the nation’s strongest equal pay laws. The Act…Learn More
The Meaning of the New Fair Pay Act
By Dan Eaton The Daily Transcript California law, like federal law, has long required that men and women receive equal pay for equal work. State law also has prohibited employers from disciplining…Learn More
An Ounce of Prevention: Drug Testing
By Daniel Eaton AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION: DRUG TESTING Californians like their privacy. In 1974, California voters approved an amendment to the California constitution expressly recognizing a…Learn More
Avoiding Frivilous Lawsuits
Elihu Root, the great early-twentieth century New York attorney and former Secretary of War, once said: “About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that…Learn More
An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing Liability under the FMLA
Even where an employer is not guilty of disability discrimination, the employer may be liable for substantial damages to a former employee if the employer has failed to comply with the detailed…Learn More
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