Brett J. Schneider

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  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated
  • SF Legal award
  • Super Lawyers

Brett is the Managing Director of the Firm’s Palm Beach Office and chairs the Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Brett is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law and he represents public and private sector employers in a wide array of labor and employment law matters.

For his public sector clients, Brett represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, labor impasse hearings, unfair labor practice proceedings and labor arbitrations. In the last several years, he has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the Cities of Aventura, Bal Harbour, Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach, Homestead, Juno Beach, Key Biscayne, Lauderhill and North Miami. Brett recently has handled labor impasse proceedings for the Cities of Deerfield Beach, Hallandale Beach and Surfside. He also has achieved significant labor arbitration victories for the Cities of Bay Harbor Islands, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Deerfield Beach, Golden Beach, Hallandale Beach, Homestead, Key Biscayne, Lauderhill and Miramar.

Brett has successfully represented public and private sector employers in all phases of employment litigation, up to and including trial, on matters arising under Federal, State and local employment laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA). Brett regularly defends employers in wage and hour suits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and has successfully navigated a number of employers through Department of Labor Wage & Hour Audits.

Brett represents public and private sector employers before Federal, State and local administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Florida Public Employee’s Relations Commission (PERC). In addition, Brett regularly consults with and advises employers on a wide array of human resources issues, including personnel policies and procedures, discipline and discharge matters, drug and alcohol testing, employee privacy rights and educational and training programs for managers and supervisors, and he has worked closely with employers to ensure that their practices do not run afoul of Federal, state or local law.

Brett is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional by the Society for Human Resource Management.  Brett regularly lectures throughout Florida on various labor and employment law and human resources matters and has been on the cutting edge with regard to the impact of the legalization of medical marijuana on Florida employers.

Prior to joining the Firm, Brett practiced labor and employment law at large national law firms in Washington DC, New York and South Florida.

Published Works

  • “Bills Would Reform Government Pension Plan,” South Florida Daily Business Review, March 29, 2011
  • “How Employers Can Keep Themselves From Being You-Tubed,” Workforce Management, May 11, 2009
  • “Acting Affirmative Against Harassment,” New York Law Journal Corporate Counsel, February 4, 2002
  • “Employee Privacy 2001 A Review for Employers,” Lawyer Pilot’s Bar Association Journal, Fall, 2001

Professional Associations

  • Human Resource Association of Broward County, 2008 - present
    • Past-President, 2015
    • President, 2014
    • President-Elect, 2013
    • Legislative Affairs Director, 2011-2012
  • The Cooperative Feeding Program, Board-member, 2010 – 2014
  • Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Young Adult Division, Board-member, 2012 - 2014
  • University of Maryland South Florida Alumni Association, 2010 – Present
  • Anti-Defamation League, Glass Leadership Institute, 2008
  • Leadership Broward Foundation, Class XXIV, 2005-2006
  • South Florida Touchdown Club Foundation, 2005-2006
    Board Secretary

Reported Cases

  • Aristyld v. City of Lauderhill, Case No. 13-12235 (11th Cir. Oct. 23, 2013)
  • Amunraptah v. City of Deerfield Beach, 93 So. 3d 1040 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012)
  • East Coast Karate Studios, Inc. v. LifeStyle Martial Arts, LLC, 65 So. 3d 1127 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011)
  • World Rentals and Sales, LLC v. Volvo Construction Equipment Rentals, Inc., 517 F.3d 1240 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Goldberg v. Chong, 2007 WL 2028792 (S.D. Fla. Jul. 11, 2007)
  • Kaptan v. Danchig, 796 N.Y.S.2d 706 (N.Y. 2nd Dept., 2005)

Awards and Recognitions

  • "Legal Elite", Florida Trend, 2018
  • "Super Lawyers," 2018
  • "AV Preeminent Rating," Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • "Power Leaders in Law & Accounting," South Florida Business Journal 2017
  • “SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP),” Society for Human Resources Management, 2015
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, 2013
  • “Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR),” Human Resources Certification Institute, 2012
  • “Florida Rising Star,” Florida SuperLawyers, 2011-2013
  • “Top Up and Comer,” South Florida Legal Guide, 2009

Presentations

  • "Hiring Practice Compliance Issues", HFTP Gold Coast Chapter, 10/17/18
  • “Me Too and Harassment Panel Discussion”, Florida Public Human Resources Association, July 2018 
  • "Sexual Harassment Policies and Training”, 2018 Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Annual Conference
  • "Medical Marijuana and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace", Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Gold Coast Educational Breakfast, April 2018
  • "2018 HR Insights 2018: HR in a #Metoo World", GMCC, April 2018
  • "Employer Drug Testing in the Era of Legal Medical Marijuana", 2018 Connect Business & Leadership Conference
  • "Minimizing Employer Liability for Sexual Harassment Claims & Employer Drug Testing in the era of Medical Marijuana", HFTP Gold Coast Chapter Educational Breakfast
  • "Medical Marijuana from the Employer’s Prospective", Palm Beach County League of Cities General Membership Meeting
  • "Medical Marijuana from the Municipal Employer's Perspective", 36th Annual Florida Muncipal Attoneys Association Seminar
  • "Medical Marijuana and Your City: Facts, Fiction and Moving Forward", Florida League of Cities' Center for Municipal Research & Innovation (CMRI) Sumer Research Symposium
  • "Drug Alert - Medical Marijuana in the Work Place", 7th Annual TSG Labor & Employment Law Conference
  • "Medical Marijuana and Your City: Facts, Fiction and Moving Forward", FLC Medical Marijuana Symposium
  • "Medical Marijuana from the Municipal Employer’s Perspective",  Florida Municipal Attorneys Association, July 27, 2017
  • “Overcoming the Haze of Medical Marijuana in Florida", Human Resource Association of Broward County's Legal Seminar, May 11, 2017
  • "New Medical Marijuana Law",  Democratic Professionals Network 
  • “Legislative Changes – Medical Marijuana,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), December 1, 2016
  • “Overtime Payment Rules & ADA Accommodations,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), September 13, 2016
  • “New Overtime Rules Mean HR Professionals Will Be Working Overtime!!!”, Human Resource Association of Broward County, May 6, 2016
  • “What Should You Do If Something Pops Up In A Background Check That Makes You Reconsider Hiring Them,” Florida Public Human Resources Association, May 4, 2016
  • “What You Should Know About Collective Bargaining Before You Get There,” Palm Beach Counties League of Cities Newly Elected Officials Workshop, April 27, 2016
  • “Legal Considerations in Performance Management,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), April 5, 2016
  • “Conducting Harassment Investigations,” Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February 23, 2016
  • “Issues & Pitfalls Associated with Negotiating & Drafting Employment Contracts for Municipal Officials, what Every City Attorney Needs to Know,” Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust Lunch Seminar, February 18, 2016
  • “Planning for Employees Social Gatherings,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), September 9, 2015
  • “Solving the ADA/FMLA Compliance Mystery,” Florida Public Human Resources Association, August 4, 2015
  • “EEOC & FLSA Overview,” Florida Public Human Resources Association, August 1, 2015
  • “What Non-Union Employers Need to Know About the NLRA,” Human Resource Association of Broward County, May 1, 2015
  • “Medical Marijuana – Workplace Impact,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), April 7, 2015
  • “Got Wellness? Labor Relations Trouble & Legal Pitfalls,” Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association, February 9, 2015
  • “Newsworthy HR Caselaw,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), December 9, 2014
  • “Labor Rights and How They Impact Your Crew,” Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association 39th Annual Training Conference, January 29, 2013
  • “Hiring and Terminating Employees in the Current Economy,” Fundamentals of Employment Law (Sterling Education Seminar), November 13, 2012
  • “FLSA/Wage and Hour Critical Issues,” Fundamentals of Employment Law (Sterling Education Seminar), November 13, 2012
  • “FLSA 101,” Florida Public Personnel Association Annual Conference, July 29, 2012
  • “Legal Updates,” Florida Public Personnel Association Annual Conference, July 29, 2012
  • “HR Case Update,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), June 28, 2012
  • “Avoiding Liability for overtime under the FLSA,” Certipay HR Seminar, May 15, 2012
  • “HR Update,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), March 15, 2012
  • “EEOC Investigations,” Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association 38th Annual Training Conference, February 6, 2012
  • “What’s Up with the Supremes and other Must-Know Legal Developments for HR Professionals,” Human Resource Association of Broward County, October 14, 2011
  • “Conducting Investigations from A to Z,” Florida Public Personnel Association Annual Conference, July 25, 2011
  • “How to Effectively Redesign Benefit Plans,” Florida Government Finance Officers’ Association, June 27, 2011
  • “What Constitutes an Enforceable Past Practice,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), May 12, 2011
  • “Mandatory vs. Permissive Subjects of Collective Bargaining Negotiations,” Florida Public Employer Labor Relations Association 36th Annual Training Conference, February 9, 2010
  • “Labor Relations Update,” Miami-Dade County City Manager’s Association Luncheon, November 20, 2009
  • “The Specifics of Ricci v. DiStefano,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources, South Florida Regional Meeting, August 25, 2009
  • “Recent Legal Developments Affecting Florida Public Employers,” International Public Management Association for Human Resources (South Florida Chapter), April 28, 2009
  • “What is New with Labor Law,” Miramar / Pembroke Pines HR Consortium, April 16, 2009

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