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New Blog on Employment Law

Employment Law Specialist Curt Surls in California has set up a blog to discuss complex employment-related issues.


Manhattan Beach, CA, June 20, 2018 – Attorney Curt Surls who specializes in Employment Law announced his new legal blog http://CurtSurlsBlog.blogspot.com/ which will focus primarily on complex legal issues in Employment Law.


Employment Law Attorney Curt Surls has launched a blog with legal commentary and analysis of complex Employment Law issues. “With all the recent news and misinformation regarding Employment Law, I felt that I could help explain the truths behind the real issues at hand” said Curt Surls. “As a legal practitioner, I am sharing the experience I have gained in almost 30 years of solving complex Employment Law problems not only for individuals but for small businesses as well,” Curt added.


The Blog features legal analysis and commentary on precedential court decisions, as well as regulatory developments. It will also include commentary on new legal and regulatory developments.


For example, the Blog includes several specialized articles previously published on the website of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) (http://celavoice.org), such as “Bill protecting workers from forced arbitration awaits Governor approval,” and “Iowa Supreme Court re-affirms statutory right of jittery, insecure spouses to interfere in the workplace.” 


Curt Surls is an Attorney in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination. Located in Manhattan Beach, California, his law firm offers a complete range of employment law services to those living throughout Southern California, including all of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. With nearly 30 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on this area of law, attorney Curt Surls and his law firm provide the personalized assistance and effective support his clients need when facing Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination, or various types of discrimination. 


Website: 

https://www.curtsurlslaw.com. Mr. Surls is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (see https://www.laborandemploymentcollege.org/leadership/fellows), and is listed in the “Super Lawyer” Director, https://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-southern/manhattan-beach/lawfirm/law-office-of-curt-surls/7d7bf48f-c2ff-4237-9fde-9017064c7ce2.html


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Curt Surls to speak at the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) September 2018 workshop

Manhattan Beach, California (July 2018) The Law Office of Curt Surls announced today that Mr. Surls has been asked by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) to speak in September on a panel regarding “Workplace Investigations: What Works and What Doesn't.” The panel will be comprised of experienced workplace investigators. Attorneys Ann Fromholz (defense) and Curt Surls (plaintiff) will discuss the best practices for conducting a workplace investigation. On the panel will also be Ann Kotlarski (arbitrator & mediator). The materials and discussion they provide will be practical pointers on a wide variety of related topics including:


• Tips for representing your client during a workplace investigation

• Deposing the investigator

• Mistakes made by employers during an investigation

• The impact of the current #MeToo climate upon investigations


Curt Surls is a lawyer in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination with nearly 30 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on this area of law. 


Mr. Surls stated “I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experience of almost 30 years and to join such distinguished panelists. Internal workplace investigations are an important risk management tool for employers when there are allegations such as harassment. I am truly looking forward to this workshop.” He then explains in more detail: “A few years ago in the case of Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, 555 U.S. 271 (2009), the Supreme Court reminded employers of their duty ‘to ferret out and put a stop to any discriminatory activities’ in the workplace. It instructs employers ‘to adopt and strengthen procedures for investigating, preventing, and correcting discriminatory conduct.’”


More information is at https://www.prlog.org/12719311-distinguished-panel-will-discuss-the-best-practices-for-conducting-workplace-investigation.html


The Law Office of Curt Surls provides the personalized assistance and effective support his clients need when facing any of the following legal challenges:


Employment discrimination

Sexual harassment

Wrongful termination

Workplace investigations

Age discrimination

Disability discrimination

Other labor and employment law issues


Mr. Surls received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and his J.D. from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) in 1988. in 1988, Mr. Surls was admitted to the California Bar. Mr. Surls began his legal career with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, initially as a law clerk and later as a staff. 


Mr. Surls is involved in a number of organizations such as the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and served as Section Chair in 2015-2016.  He also was Chair of the Section’s 2012 Labor and Employment Law Symposium.  He has also served on the Fair Judicial Election Practices Committee and the Judicial Election Evaluation Committee and served as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Disability Rights Legal Center (www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org) from 2008 to 2010.


Prior to opening the Law Office of Curt Surls in July 2012, he was a partner with Bornn & Surls for over 15 years.  Mr. Surls was also an attorney with the Oakland, California civil rights firm then known as Saperstein, Seligman & Mayeda, specializing in employment and civil rights class actions. Mr. Surls also worked for the State of California as counsel to the Director of the Department of Industrial Relations.

Curt Surls has been selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the U.S

California Employment Attorney Curt Surls has been selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the U.S. 


According to LawDragon, the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers were chosen in its “research-driven, journalistic process that vets the views of peers and competitors, and recognizes those who are winning big for workers”


Manhattan Beach, CA (August 2018) The Law Office of Curt Surls announced today that employment attorney Curt Surls has been selected among LawDragon’s 2018 choice of 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers. This selection is the result of LawDragon’s “research-driven, journalistic process that vets the views of peers and competitors, and recognizes those who are winning big for workers.”


Curt stated, “As you can imagine, I am very honored and humbled to be considered, let alone being asked to join, a distinguished group of talented lawyers.” He went on to add “I hope my clients find me to be attentive, prompt, courteous and someone that pays attention to detail when representing them. These are all the qualities you would expect and want from an experienced attorney.”


Mr. Surls specializes in Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination. With nearly 30 years of experience focusing almost exclusively on this area of law, attorney Curt Surls and his law firm provide the personalized assistance and effective support his clients need when facing employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, workplace investigations, age discrimination, and disability discrimination. Curt Surls is a frequent speaker and presenter on legal matters. Most recently, Mr. Surls was asked by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) to speak in September 2018 on a panel regarding “Workplace Investigations: What Works and What Doesn't.”


About Curt Surls, Attorney at Law


The list of the 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers is at http://www.lawdragon.com/2018/08/03/lawdragon-500-leading-plaintiff-employment-lawyers/


Curt Surls is an attorney in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination.


Contact


1500 Rosecrans Ave #500, 

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 

Phone: (310) 706-4055


Located in Manhattan Beach, California, the Law Office of Curt Surls offers a complete range of employment law services to those living throughout Southern California, including all of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. 


References


Law Firm Website: www.curtsurlslaw.com

Professional Profile on law firm website: https://www.curtsurlslaw.com/attorney-profile/

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/curt-surls-83118b5/

Attorney Profile in “Super Lawyer” Directory: https://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-southern/manhattan-beach/lawfirm/law-office-of-curt-surls/7d7bf48f-c2ff-4237-9fde-9017064c7ce2.html

Martindale Attorney Directory: https://www.martindale.com/manhattan-beach/california/curt-l-surls-173396-a/peer-reviews/

Nolo Attorney Directory: https://www.nolo.com/lawyers/profile/law-office-curt-surls

Veteran employment attorney Curt Surls comments on AB 450

California’s AB 450, which went into effect at the beginning of 2018, prohibits employers in California from taking certain actions in an effort to ameliorate the Trump Administration’s immigration enforcement at the work place.


AB 450 prohibits employers from granting access to non-public areas of a business to immigration enforcement officials without a judicial warrant. It also prohibits employers from providing immigration enforcement officials with employee’s employment records without a judicial warrant, except for I-9 audits. Employers must also notify employees of any I-9 audits within 72 hours of receipt of notice of inspection and also notify any affected workers of any findings by ICE that specifies that the employee has immigration status issues. Lastly, employers may not reverify I-9s unless required by federal law.


In a lawsuit challenging several California statutes, the Eastern District of California ruled on United States’ motion for preliminary injunction on AB 450 in July of 2018. With respect to provisions of the bill prohibiting employers from voluntarily consenting to grant access to immigration enforcement officials, the court ruled that AB 450 was not preempted by federal immigration law, but still superseded by the Supremacy Clause due to intergovernmental immunity doctrine. “Even though these two subsections of AB 450 interfere with immigration enforcement’s historical practices, the Court hesitates to find the statutes preempted. In preemption analysis, the Court presumes ‘the historic police powers of the States’ are not superseded ‘unless that was the clear and manifest purpose of Congress.’” (internal quotation marks omitted). The court went on to explain that “[u]ltimately, however, the Court need not resolve the preemption issue because Plaintiff is likely to succeed on its Supremacy Clause claim under the intergovernmental immunity doctrine. 


The doctrine applies in these circumstances even though the laws regulate employers and not the Federal Government directly.” Thus, the court found “that a law which imposes monetary penalties on an employer solely because that employer voluntarily consents to federal immigration enforcement’s entry into nonpublic areas of their place of business or access to their employment records impermissibly discriminates against those who choose to deal with the Federal Government.”

The court, however, did not find that the notice provisions of AB 450 to be preempted or superseded by federal law. Unlike the prohibition against voluntary cooperation, nothing in the notice provisions would prohibit employer from cooperating or working with the federal government. The ban on reverification, however, was enjoined as it appeared to obstruct the purpose of federal immigration law. 

Although these are the district court’s rulings on preliminary injunction, it should be a good indication on how the court intends to rule on the permanent injunction. The case is likely to continue on appeal, however, thus it may be sometime until the dust finally settles on AB 450. 


The district court case in the Eastern District of California is United States v. California, 2:18-cv-490-JAM-KJN.


About Curt Surls, Employment Lawyer in California


Curtis Surls is an Attorney in the areas of Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Wrongful Termination. Located in Manhattan Beach, California, the Law Office of Curt Surls offers a complete range of employment law services to those living throughout Southern California, including all of Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. 


Professional Profile on law firm website: https://www.curtsurlslaw.com/attorney-profile/

Blog: https://curtsurlsblog.blogspot.com/

Attorney Profile in “Super Lawyer” Directory: https://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-southern/manhattan-beach/lawfirm/law-office-of-curt-surls/7d7bf48f-c2ff-4237-9fde-9017064c7ce2.html

News: https://hype.news/employment-lawyer-curt-surls/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/curt-surls%2C-esq 

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