Melvin K. Patterson
Founder of HR Employee Relations
Melvin K. Patterson, an attorney licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in California, was General Counsel to Cedrus Investments Limited, an international financial services firm with offices around the globe. He is a member of the Labor & Employment Section of the California State Bar. He has been admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. Mr. Patterson is experienced in Labor and Employment litigation and transactional matters in the U.S., Asia and the U.K. He has designed internal business policies, procedures and management structures, as well as inter-corporate relationships and has been a business owner himself.

Mr. Patterson is an experienced trial litigator who has handled numerous business and commercial matters for over 20 years on behalf of an elite clientele around the world. He has defended clients in matters brought against companies by employees, commercial business agreements and government regulatory matters.

Mr. Patterson holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the John F. Kennedy University School of Law, as well as a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from Cornell University. He has also earned the American Jurisprudence Award, completed specialized training in Assessing Economic Damages, Forensic Discovery and Preservation of Electronic Evidence and Data.

Mr. Patterson was nominated to the National Dean's List and has been a speaker before such groups as the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, is a past contributing editor to California Motions In Limine (The Rutter Group) and has been a columnist for the "The Docket", the news and information journal of the San Mateo County Bar Ass'n. He has a knowledge of Korean, Japanese and Spanish languages.
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DLSE-Compliant Meal and Rest Breaks: How to Master Calculations and Ensure that Off-the-Clock Is Really Off-Duty
Meal & Rest break obligations are areas where employers often get into trouble. Meal & Rest break class actions are some of the most expensive forms of litigation in California for employers. On May 8, 2018, the court in Ibarra v. Wells Fargo Bank entered an order awarding Plaintiffs who filed a class action against the bank $97.2 million for rest break violations. The original complaint alleged various wage and hour violations, and after the parties filed cross motions for summary judgment, all but the rest break claims were dismissed. The claims were brought under Labor Code section 226.7 and derivative claims under California's Unfair Competition Law (Business & Professions Code section 17200). California labor laws are some of the strictest in the nation and employers and businesses need to know where their exposure lies in order to avoid costly errors.
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California Leaves 101 - Pregnancy and Other CA Leaves
California law requires most employers to provide sick leave and other types of paid and unpaid leave to most employees. An employer in California may be required to provide an employee extended unpaid sick leave in accordance with the California Family Rights Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, or other state and federal laws. Additionally, employers who choose to offer vacation must follow certain guidelines. California employers must be aware of the various rules, regulations and "best practices". While the federal law provides for the minimum benefits an employer must offer, California enhancements often take employers by surprise. Learn the rules governing pregnancy leave, sick leave and other forms of paid or unpaid leave under California law.
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Status Classification: Exempt vs. Nonexempt - How to Find and Fix Misclassification Mistakes
The misclassification of employees has been a hot topic with the IRS and the Department of Labor for years. This webinar will focus on updated classification rules for employees under both federal and state laws. Every year companies fail to properly classify their workers and such mistakes can be extremely costly. Class action lawsuits claiming millions of dollars in unpaid wages are filed each year alleging that employers have failed to pay overtime because workers are misclassified as "exempt." Staying ahead of misclassification claims is almost a full-time job itself and this course will teach you the guidelines for making sure you don't fall into the trap of misclassifying your workers.
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Wage and Hour Law - California Style
California, with the hundreds of thousands of workers in the Golden State, is known to have the numerous wage and hour laws among all other states and keeping in compliance with California requirements can be a complex situation. There are many different classifications and requirements for how a laborer is paid and what rest periods are required depending upon the job.
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California's Mandatory Paid Sick Leave - Record Keeping, Anti Retaliation and Much More
California law requires most employers to provide sick leave and other types of paid and unpaid leave to most employees. An employer in California may be required to provide an employee extended unpaid sick leave in accordance with the California Family Rights Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, or other state and federal laws. Additionally, employers who choose to offer vacation must follow certain guidelines. California employers must be aware of the various rules, regulations and "best practices". While the federal law provides for the minimum benefits an employer must offer, California enhancements often take employers by surprise. Learn the rules governing pregnancy leave, sick leave and other forms of paid or unpaid leave under California law.
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California's New Marijuana Law: How Does It Impact Employers?
Marijuana has been legalized in 28 states and the District of Columbia either for medicinal purposes or recreational use. What does this mean for employers? Employers should be aware that marijuana has a variety of impairment effects, including reduced reaction times, irritability, loss of focus, lethargy, disengagement with reality and poor decision making. Through this webinar, the challenges of cannabis in the workplace and the potential impact it will have on employers and employees will be discussed. Employers will be educated on the effects of marijuana on one's duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal do's and don'ts of marijuana in the workplace, including the implementation of testing programs; the legal accommodation of medical marijuana in the workplace and best practices for the implementation of workplace drug policies and programs.
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New California Employment Law Regulations w.e.f Jan 2018
2018 brought California a variety of updated employment laws. This is a primer to new California employment law and an update to changes to the existing laws for 2018. Among the various topics will be updates to the Fair Pay Act, and a brief summary of new rules regarding background checks, and wage and hour laws. There will also be a brief discussion of the federal immigration laws as they are being applied to employers in California.
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Successfully Avoiding and Defending against Unemployment Claims
This webinar presents tactics and strategies to help avoid losses from unemployment insurance claims. The attendee will learn how to plan for and respond to claims for unemployment insurance. From the design and implementation of policies that will defend your termination decision to attending and handling the hearing and beyond, this presentation will provide you the information you need to prepare for success.
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New California Employment Laws: Preparing for 2017 Changes to Fair Pay Act, Leave and Wage Laws, Background Checks, and More
2017 brought California a slew of new and updated employment laws. This is a primer to new California employment law and an update to changes to the existing laws for 2017. Among the various topics will be updates to the Fair Pay Act, and a brief summary of Proposition 64, California's recreational marijuana law. There are also updates and changes to California's wage & hour laws, anti-discrimination laws and federal regulatory changes that affect California employers.
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Legalized Marijuana: Employer Rights, Duties and the Drug-free Workplace
Marijuana has been legalized in 28 states and the District of Columbia either for medicinal purposes or recreational use. What does this mean for employers? Employers should be aware that marijuana has a variety of impairment effects, including reduced reaction times, irritability, loss of focus, lethargy, disengagement with reality and poor decision making. Through this webinar, the challenges of cannabis in the workplace and the potential impact it will have on employers and employees will be discussed. Employers will be educated on the effects of marijuana on one's duty to perform safety sensitive roles and the legal do's and don'ts of marijuana in the workplace, including the implementation of testing programs; the legal accommodation of medical marijuana in the workplace and best practices for the implementation of workplace drug policies and programs.
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Compliance with Laws Governing Pregnant Employees and New Parents: Pregnancy at Work
Employers and employees, business owners, human resource personnel, employment law attorneys will learn to identify which laws apply to pregnant employees; employer obligations in hiring, avoiding claims of discrimination and responding to discrimination claims if they occur. Attendee will also learn the principles of designing effective anti-discrimination policy and procedures.
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Legally Terminating Employees: 10 Critical Things you must Know
Once the decision to terminate an employee has been made, certain business issues that have legal consequences must be addressed. This course provides basic training on how to terminate an employee without triggering legal liability in the process. How one addresses terminating an employee may be different depending on their legal status as well. The participant will learn to recognize the business issues that arise from a termination and how best to address them. Basic employment laws at the federal and state level regarding termination of employees will also be covered.
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Successfully Avoiding and Defending against Unemployment Claims
This webinar 'How to avoid and/or successfully defend against unemployment claims' presents tactics and strategies to help avoid losses from unemployment insurance claims. The attendee will learn how to plan for and respond to claims for unemployment insurance. From the design and implementation of policies that will defend your termination decision to attending and handling the hearing and beyond, this presentation will provide you the information you need to prepare for success. Attendees will learn to design and implement strategic policies, proper staff training, handling claim notices, preparing the written brief or submission, attend hearings, whether to appeal decisions and how the unemployment appeal may affect subsequent or existing wrongful discharge claims.
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