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Brett J.SchneiderPartner, Chair of Labor & Employment Group; Managing Director of Palm Beach office
Brett J.
Schneider

Partner

Chair of Labor & Employment Group; Managing Director of Palm Beach office

Palm Beach
(561) 835-2111
bschneider@wsh-law.com

Brett Schneider is the Managing Director of the Palm Beach office and chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Division. As a Florida Bar Board Certified attorney in Labor and Employment Law, Brett helps public and private sector employers resolve issues in a prompt and efficient manner.

Brett represents public sector employers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements, labor impasse proceedings, unfair labor practice proceedings and labor arbitrations. As workplace issues continue to evolve, he advises clients on employee drug testing (particularly with the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida), sexual harassment and employee medical issues. Brett provides pragmatic advice in line with his clients’ business objectives.

Brett handles employment litigation for public and private employers in 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 (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA). Brett defends employers in wage and hour suits brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and has successfully guided clients through Department of Labor Wage & Hour Audits. He also represents 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 Employees Relations Commission (PERC).

Certified by the HR Certification Institute and by the Society for Human Resource Management, Brett advises employers on 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. He works closely with employers to ensure that their practices comply with federal, state and local laws.

Brett is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law and human resources matters, including the impact of the legalization of medical marijuana on Florida employers, the #metoo movement, and workplace violence.

Brett previously practiced labor and employment law at large national law firms in Washington D.C. and New York.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • 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, Board Secretary, 2005-2006

Awards & Recognition

  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer, 2020
  • Palm Beach Illustrated Top Lawyer- Labor & Employment 2019
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2018-present
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, 2018-2019
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017-present
  • South Florida Business Journal, Power Leaders in Law & Accounting, 2017
  • Super Lawyers, Florida Rising Star, 2011-2014
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer, 2009

Reported Cases

  • Aristyld v. City of Lauderhill, Case No. 543 Fed.Appx. 905 (11th Cir. 2013)
  • Blanco v. Monique & Me, Inc., 116 So. 3d 639 (Fla. 3d DCA 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 Constr. Equip. 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)

Practice Areas

Admissions

Florida, 2005


New York, 1999


District of Columbia, 2000


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2005


U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2006


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2001


U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2002


U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, 2003


U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 2005

Education

George Washington University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1999

  • Journal of International Law & Economics

University of Maryland, B.A., Government and Politics, with honors, 1996

  • Honors: Golden Key National Honor Society
Press Mentions
Presentations
  • Inside the Plaintiff’s Employment Attorney’s Mind FPHRA July 24, 2019
  • Medical Marijuana and the Employer FMAA July 13, 2019
  • 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, 2018
  • 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, February 26, 2018
  • Medical Marijuana from the Employer’s Perspective, Palm Beach County League of Cities General Membership Meeting, October 25, 2017
  • Medical Marijuana from the Municipal Employer’s Perspective, 36th Annual Florida Municipal Attorneys Association Seminar, July 27, 2017
  • Medical Marijuana and Your City: Facts, Fiction and Moving Forward, Florida League of Cities’ Center for Municipal Research & Innovation (CMRI) Sumer Research 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
  • 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
Publications
  • Preventing and Responding to Workplace Violence, Daily Business Review, June 10, 2019
  • Bills Would Reform Government Pension Plan, 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

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