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LABOR & EMPLOYMENT:

Steve Muehler is an experienced Labor & Employment Paralegal and assists Attorneys and their Clients throughout the State of California. Steve Muehler can provide your Law Office(s) with the following Paralegal Services Support with respect to Labor & Employment:

Services (including, but not limited to):

  • ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act):

    • Conduct the initial review of Employees Claim(s) File​

    • Create detailed Claim(s) File Summary

    • Assist Attorney during Settlement, Mediation, Arbitration and Trial

    • Draft Settlement Agreements (if necessary)

  • EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) ​

    • Investigate Discrimination Claims under Federal and/or State Statutes (including any Civil Rights Violations)​

    • Assist Attorney during Trial, Arbitration, Grievance Hearings, and other Formal Proceedings for Grievance and/or Discharge

    • Assist Attorney during Trial, Arbitration, Grievance Hearings, and other Formal Proceedings for Grievance and/or Discharge

    • Assis Attorney / Employer with Drafting of Proposed Policies and Procedures with comply with related State, Federal, Local or Agency Employment Practice Regulations

  • National Relations Labor (NLRB) / Union Activity:

    • Assist Attorney / Employer with Personnel Policies and Practices to avoid Unionization ​

    • Assist Attorney / Employer with Union-Avoidance Materials

    • Respond to matters under the National Labor Relations Act including responding to Petitions or Demands from a Union. 

    • Assist Attorney with Unfair Labor Practice Charges with the NLRB

    • Assist Attorney with Documents necessary to prepare for and attend NLRB Trial / Arbitrations. 

    • Respond to Union information and NLRB Requests.

    • Assist Attorney / Employer with handling problems during Strikes, including Draft Strike Manuals and Contingency Plans. 

  • Common Law Statute / Tort Claims:​

    • We have knowledge of Common Law Statute / Tort Claims​

    • Assist Attorney with Wrongful Discharge and Employment-at-Will Claims

    • Assist Attorney with Contract and Promissory Estoppel Claims

  • Department of Labor & Employment:​

    • Assist Attorney with the Unemployment Insurance / Appeals Process​

    • Assist with Hearing Preparation, issuance of Subpoenas and with Witness Preparation

    • Assist Attorney with Wage Claims regarding California Wage Claim Act or California Minimum Wage

  • EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION:

    • Act as Liaison between:​

      • Experts​

      • Benefit Coordinators

      • Other Professionals

      • HR Professionals

      • Courts

      • Other Counsel

      • Clients

    • Case Management from Initial Filing through Trial (and Appeal if needed)​

    • Deposition Scheduling & Preparation

    • Docketing & Tracking

    • Prepare for and assist at Trials, Court Mandated Conferences, Administrative Hearings, Settlement Conferences, Inspections, Arbitrations, Negotiation Sessions, and Internal Proceedings, including (but may not be limited to):

      • Orchestration of tasks related to Mediations, Arbitrations and Administrative Hearings​

      • Prepare and Maintain Trial Exhibits

      • Coordinate the use of Electronic Trial Presentation Equipment, maintaining & tracking Exhibits, and scheduling witnesses. 

      • Coordinate Witness Preparation & Testimony

    • Perform Legal, General & Factual Research​

    • Draft Non-Dispositive Pleadings, Claims, Contracts, Motions, Correspondence and other necessary Documents

    • Correspond with Courts, Parties, Attorneys, Organizations, Professionals / Experts, including treating Physician(s), Investigators, Witnesses and Governmental Agencies. 

    • Locate and Interview Witnesses and Expert Witnesses

    • Collect Factual Information, using Public Records and other Online Resources

    • Arrange for Service of Process of Complaints and Subpoenas, both in-state and foreign

    • Assist in the Preparation and Filing of Legal Briefs with the Court

    • Compile and Maintain Documents, utilizing Databases & Spreadsheets

    • Review Documents for Privilege & Relevance

    • Obtain & Summarize Medical (and other) Records

  • EMPLOYMENT NON-LITIGATION​

    • Draft Employee Plans for Attorney Review:​

      • Act as Liaison between Attorney, Plan Sponsor, Plan Administrator, and Trustee in Preparing and Drafting Qualified Employee Plans, i.e.:

        • Stock Bonus Plans;​​​

        • Profit Sharing Plans;

        • Purchase Money Pensions and other Pension Plans;

        • Trust Agreements

        • Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Plans;

        • Annuity Plans;

        • HR-10 or Keogh Plans;

        • Employee Stock Ownership Plans;

        • Life & Health Insurance Plans;

        • Workers' Compensation Plans; and 

        • Social Security Plans

      • Assist Attorney with Document Preparation & Program Monitoring:​

        • Gather Information​

        • Determine Eligibility for Participation and Benefits

        • Notify Employees of Participation

        • Complete Input Forms for Document Assembly

        • Assemble Elections to Participate

        • Determine Beneficiary Designations

        • Record Elections to Contribute

        • Allocate Annual Contributions to Individual Participants' Accounts

        • Prepare Annual Account Statements for Participation

        • Identify any potential Discrimination Problems with Program

        • Prepare Plan and Trust Documents for IRS Approval (including any relevant IRS Forms)

        • Prepare Summary Plan Description and other Reporting & Disclosure Forms, including Form 5500 Annual Reports (U.S. Dept. of Labor)

        • Prepare other applications for submission to IRS, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and Department of Labor regarding Plan Termination and Requests for Approval. 

        • Maintain Document Forms, Government Forms, and Library of Plan Documents

        • Assist Attorney in Preparing, Finalizing, and Filing Documents and Reports required by Federal, State and Local Laws

        • Additional:

          • Assist in Drafting Summary Plan Descriptions for Distribution to Employees​

          • Help Prepare & Review Annual Reports of Plans

        • NOTE: Steve Muehler is currently engaged in continuing education and expects to receive his Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) in early 2022. 

NOTE:

Steve Muehler cannot provide legal services to individuals. Steve Muehler can only provide Paralegal services to Attorneys in good standing with the American Bar Association, State Bar Association and Local Bar Association. If you are in need of Legal Assistance and you are not an attorney, you must seek the advice of an attorney. Please do refrain from emailing Steve Muehler with requests that are not made by a bona fide attorney in good standing as mentioned previously. 

RATES:

Rates will be based on an Hourly Rate of $45.00 per hour plus expenses incurred including, but not limited to, postage and purchase of any special software necessary to complete task. Time to complete the job will be estimated and any projects estimated over $200.00 will require a TBD down payment. Steve Muehler Bills for Services Rendered each week. Steve Muehler requires a signed contract, which outlines the project details, prior to beginning any work. 

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Steve Muehler:

1055 West 7th Street

Los Angeles, California 90017

Phone: (310) 463-5122

Email: Steve@SteveMuehler.com

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