The Law Office of Karen Sloat represents a large variety of clients, including for profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Our legal services encompass a wide scope of issues including those below. Contact us with any questions about our practice.
- Employment counseling and advice
- Employment contracts
- Employment handbooks, policies and forms (English and Spanish)
- Wage and hour compliance tools
- Management training
- Evaluation of practices and procedures for compliance
- Training and seminars
- Sexual harassment prevention training
- Wage and hour laws
- Best practices for employers and employees
Employment Counseling and Advice
Ms. Sloat advises employer clients on compliance with laws and regulations, strategies for all types of personnel and human resource issues, and options for handling complex employment litigation. Ms. Sloat has represented employees and employers in pre-trial litigation and at trials involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment (sexual, religious, etc.), wage and hour matters, defamation, trade secrets, and other legal issues.
Ms. Sloat drafts contracts and agreements between all types of employers and employees – managerial and non-managerial – and creates independent contractor or vendor agreements for almost any type of service.
Employment Handbooks and Policies
Our team can create tailored handbooks in English and Spanish that are comprehensive but not cumbersome, and meet each client’s unique needs. We also recommend and create a host of specific personnel policies and forms for particular topics, such as absences, leave requests, performance review, meals and rest periods, comp time, etc. to help your employees understand their rights and obligations.
Wage and Hour Compliance Tools
Adding a time clock to your business is not the only or best way to prevent wage and hour complaints. We believe that the best way to avoid problems in the workplace is prevention. An employer’s careful attention to personnel policies and forms that comply with state and federal wage and hour laws, along with some good bookkeeping and time recording tools, can provide more than an ounce of prevention. Personnel policies and forms drafted by an attorney who is competent in employment law can bolster an employer’s defenses, if complaints about wages or record keeping arise.
We train management employees about employment issues that can come up frequently. The more your managers are familiar with the laws that govern your business, the more they can enforce policies and supervise employees in ways that will protect your company assets. With basic knowledge from our seminars, your managers will have fewer questions that need to be referred to an attorney, so that you save attorney fees, or will know what questions need to be asked when a situation arises in the workplace.
Evaluation of Practices and Procedures for Compliance
We can evaluate your current practices, procedures, personnel policies, and handbooks and then make simple recommendations to improve your day to day operations. If your policies and procedures are not based on current laws, or you have not had them reviewed by an attorney very recently, your policies could be outdated. It is critical for employers to keep their internal documents up to date, and to stay compliant with applicable laws.
Training and Seminars
You may know that California statutes require sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training annually or bi-annually, depending on the size of the company and when your company managers were last trained. We can provide this statutory training for groups of managers or for all employees, upon request and at a reasonable cost.
We can also conduct seminars, with other types of advisors (for example, accountants, insurance brokers, and safety experts) on laws that affect your business practices. Once you receive up to date information about laws for the current year, you will be able to improve your personnel policies and procedures and time keeping requirements, with our guidance.
We provide training for employers, employees, owners or directors and officers on the “best practices” for your business. These seminars may include employment-related issues, the key laws that affect your business, the current trends in contract preparation or trade secret protection, defamation prevention, media relations, etc. Contact our office to discuss your trade and your needs for these types of seminars.
Transactions (Business and Construction)
Contact us if you need a contract prepared or reviewed for any type of lawful enterprise. We have experience in advising clients about terms and types of contracts for employees, employers, vendors, construction projects, independent contractors, purchasers or sellers of businesses, parties involved in real estate transactions, and parties to financial transactions. Whether the documents you need prepared or reviewed involve a few thousand dollars or millions of dollars, Ms. Sloat is familiar with creative and modern techniques that will meet the parties’ needs while protecting the client’s interests.
Non-profit charitable organizations
Ms. Sloat has represented charities and similar non-profit organizations for most of her career. Whether you need to form a non-profit entity, establish policies, or have documents prepared for charitable activities, we can advise you. Religious entities, such as churches and parochial schools, public benefit corporations, and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals have appreciated Ms. Sloat’s legal advice and her vigorous defense of their charitable purposes and assets in litigated matters.
Ms. Sloat has over 28 years of experience as a litigator in arbitrations and judicial proceedings, including trials. Her experience enables her to handle almost any type of civil litigation — for example, involving contracts, business, real estate, employment, and collections.
Arbitration and Administrative Hearings
With 28 years of practice in mediations, arbitrations, and litigation, Ms. Sloat has represented diverse clients at arbitration and administrative proceedings, which are processes similar to court proceedings, but less formal. Ms. Sloat is also able to serve as an arbitrator for disputes and can be retained by parties or by counsel for these services at a reasonable rate.
Ms. Sloat is a proponent of alternative dispute resolution, in other words, working to resolve disputes without the need to file litigation, or without the need to proceed to trial. Ms. Sloat received her certification as a mediator in Colorado over 15 years ago and has served as a mediator of informal and formal disputes and as a Voluntary Settlement Conference Judge for the Riverside County Superior Courts. She can be retained by parties or their legal counsel, to mediate a variety of types of disputes, at a reasonable rate.
Karen Sloat has been a speaker for various seminars including:
Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct Prevention Training
Desert Communities Employer Advisory Council
- Obamacare Basics: Understanding the Affordable Care Act
Desert Contractors’ Association
- Construction and Labor Laws
Fraud Prevention/Workplace Investigations
- Workplace Investigations
- Business Financial Investigation
- Safety/Workers Compensation Investigations
National Business Institute (NBI) – Employment Law: 2014 Comprehensive Guide
- Types of Claims Commonly Filed
- Reducing the Potential for Discrimination and Harassment Liability
- Handling Discrimination
- Utilizing Alternative Dispute Resolution Tactics in Employment Matters
Non-Profit Board Orientation and “Best Practices” Training