STEVEN R. PELTIN
Member

Steven R. Peltin

Steve chairs the firm’s Business and Employment & Labor practices. His work covers the gamut of employment and labor law. His advice practice is dedicated to helping employers solve problems such as employee discipline and discharge, leaves of absence, discrimination and harassment claims, and threats of employee violence. Steve enhances employee handbooks and prepares and negotiates employment, confidentiality and non-compete agreements. He also counsels executives and professionals on employment and separation agreements, and assists with corporate transactions such as purchases and sales of businesses.

Steve has extensive litigation experience and represents public and private employers in lawsuits claiming discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge and violations of wage and hour, employee benefits, trade secrets and non-compete obligations. He also appears before local, state and federal administrative agencies and arbitrators in employment and labor matters.

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Activities

Seattle Theatre Group

  • Board of Directors

University Preparatory Academy

  • Board of Directors, 2011-2012
  • Chair of Personnel Committee, 2011-2012

Publications

Family and Medical Leave Guide for Washington Employers

Author, July 2017

Department of Labor Targets Use of Independent Contractors

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2015

NLRB: Employers Cannot Ban Employees from Using Company’s Email System for Union-Related Communications

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, December 2014

Paralegal Students Must Be Paid for Practical Job Experience at Law Firms

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, December 2014

Washington Supreme Court Recognizes Joint Employer Liability Under the Washington Minimum Wage Act

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, August 2014

Seattle Police Officer Claims Hostile Working Environment After Refusing to Hand Out Doritos at Marijuana Festival

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, February 2014

Are Payroll Debit Cards Right for Your Organization?

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2013

Is BYOD Right for Your Workplace?

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, September 2013

Employers Should Confront Threats of Workplace Violence

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, August 2013

Many Employers Out of Compliance with Seattle Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2013

New Decision Continues Uncertainty Over Exempt Status of Mortgage Loan Officers

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2013

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights Clarifies its Interpretation of ‘Occasional Employee

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2012

#1 Again: Washington State Raises Minimum Wage for 2013

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2012

Employee or Independent Contractor? Washington Supreme Court Changes the Rules – Part Two

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2012

Employee or Independent Contractor? Washington Supreme Court Changes the Rules

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2012

Effective Negotiation of Executive Employment Agreements

Author, Inside the Minds: Negotiating and Employment Agreements, Leading Lawyers on Constructing Effective Employment Contracts, 2012 Edition

Employers: Beware of High School Diploma Requirements

Author, WIB HR & Training Digest, February 2012

Can’t I Require a Job Applicant to Have a High School Diploma?

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, January 2012

Hidden Threats - There are steps you can take to prevent violence in the workplace

Co-Author, Washington CEO magazine

Interns & Volunteers: Do We Really Have to Pay Them?

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2011

Letting Someone Else Dig for the Dirt: Hiring Vendors to Assist in Social Media Searches

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, July 2011

Some Things Don’t Have to Be in Writing: Supreme Court Protects Employees Against Retaliation After Making Verbal Complaints of Wage and Hour Violations

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, March 2011

Unsafe at Any Speed: Unauthorized Passengers in Employer-Owned Vehicles May Sue Employer for Driver’s Negligence

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, February 2011

Bad Acts: Smaller Employers Should Confront Threats of On-The-Job Physical Assaults

Author, Washington Journal

Telecommuting: Legal and Management Risks For Employers

Author, Corporate Counsel Magazine

Reducing Telecommuting Management Risks

Author, National Underwriter magazine

How To Reduce Workplace Violence

Author, National Underwriter magazine

50-State Survey of Employment Libel and Privacy Law, Washington Chapter

Author, Media Law & Resource Center

Hiring Employees: Disability Questions and Medical Exams

Author, Realty & Building

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Presentations

Symposium on Current Issues in Credit Union Board Governance

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, September 2017

Seattle Ordinances Affecting Employers - Hear From the City

Co-Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, May 2017

Top 3 Employment Law Issues That Should Keep You Up at Night

Speaker, Northwest Credit Union Association, MAXX Annual Convention, October 2016

Politics and the Workplace

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, October 2016

Employment Law Considerations for New U.S. Employers

Speaker, Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Washington State, October 2016

Evaluating Potential Employee Violence: Protecting the Employer and Co-Workers

Speaker, Lorman Education Services, September 2016

Bullying and Violence in the Workplace: Legal and Practical Considerations

Speaker, Washington Housing Authorities Accounting Professionals Conference, September 2016

FMLA and Leave Law Update

Speaker, 19th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, The Seminar Group, August 2016

Legalization of Marijuana: Impact on the Washington Workplace

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, June 2016

Bullying and Violence in the Workplace: Legal and Practical Considerations

Speaker, Association of Washington Housing Authorities, April 2016

"My Ex-Employee Did WHAT?" - Preventing and Addressing Post-Employment Misconduct

Moderator and Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, October 2015

Top Emerging Issues in Employment and Labor Law

Speaker, 2015 WHAAP Annual Conference, October 2015 

Employee Handbooks: 2015 and Beyond

Speaker, American Public Power Association, September 2015

FMLA and Leave Law Update

Speaker, 18th Annual Labor & Employment Law, The Seminar Group, August 2015

Top 3 Employment Law Issues for 2015 That Should Keep You Up at Night

Speaker, Foster Pepper's 10th Annual Bankers Briefing, May 2015

Thriving Through Legal Resilience

Speaker, Washington State Nonprofit Conference, May 2015

Association of Washington Housing Authorities Spring Meeting

Speaker, April 2015

Is Your Employee Handbook Ready for Prime Time?

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, April 2015

Privacy in the Workplace: Managing Employees in the Digital Age

Moderator and Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, November 2014

The Alphabet Soup of Federal Employment Law

Speaker, Tribal Employment Rights & Law: Sovereignty, Jurisdiction and Best Practices, July 2014

Social Media and the Workplace - Protecting the Hospital in the Digital Age

Speaker, Washington State Hospital Association's NW Council's Hot Topics Meeting, June 2014

Filling the Empty Chairs: Legal and Effective Hiring

Presenter, Northwest Marine Trade Association - Professional Development Series

What You Should Know About Executive Director Employment Agreements

Speaker, Association of Washington Housing Authorities

Bullying and Violence in the Workplace: Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, March 2014

Legalization of Marijuana - The Impact on Washington Employers

  • Speaker, South King County Human Resources Association December Meeting, 2013
  • Speaker, Employee Assistance Professionals Association Pacific Northwest Chapter November Meeting, 2013

Employment Discrimination Law – Hear From The Agencies

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Managing Employee Performance While Reducing Legal Risks

Speaker, Northwest Marine Trade Associations

Wage & Hour Compliance – Beyond the Basics (Part I)

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Wage & Hour Compliance – Beyond the Basics (Part II)

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Filling the Empty Chairs: Legal and Effective Hiring

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Out of Sight But Not Out of Mind: Untangling Leave of Absence Requirements

Speaker, 14th, 15th and 16th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar, The Seminar Group

Understanding Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time

  • Speaker, Washington Trucking Associations
  • Speaker, Northwest Marine Trade Association

Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time: Practical Guidance Employers Need to Know

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Legal Issues for Startups: Employment Law

Speaker, SURF Incubator

Employment Law Challenges for Public Employers and Current Developments under the Public Employees Collective Bargaining Act

Speaker, 2012 Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) Meeting

Reasonably Accommodating Employees with Disabilities

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

High-Stakes Employment and IP Protections: Protect your Company from Increasing Employment Risks and Shield your Valuable Intellectual Property

Speaker, Foster Pepper and Washington State Chapter of ACC America

Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Managing the Process of Labor Negotiations

Speaker, Washington Fire Commissioners Association 63rd Annual Conference

Out of Sight but Not Out of Mind: Untangling Employer Obligations under FMLA and Other Leave Statutes

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Social Media in the Workplace

Speaker/Moderator, Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Payroll Management

Speaker, Lorman Educational Services

Time Off: State and Federal Laws on Employee Leave, Vacations and Holidays

Speaker, Lorman Educational Services

Recent Developments under the Family and Medical Leave Act

Speaker, National Council of State Housing Agencies

10 Scary Issues You Need to Know About Your Employees

Speaker, ASTRA Women’s Business Alliance

New Developments in Employment Law

Speaker, Seattle CFO Arts Roundtable

Best Practice in FMLA Administration

Speaker, Council on Education in Management

Conducting Effective Investigations Into Employee Complaints

Speaker, PUD and Municipal Attorneys Association

Cyberstalking: The Washington Employer's Perspective

Speaker, King County Bar Association

Workplace Investigations

Speaker, Council on Education in Management

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Business (Chair)Employment & Labor (Chair)Financial InstitutionsNonprofit & Tax-Exempt OrganizationsPrivacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection

Contact

Tel: 206.447.6215Fax: 206.749.2094

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America©

  • Labor Law – Management, 2012-2018
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013-2018

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine

  • Labor – Management, 2013
  • Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2013

Education

J.D., Cornell Law School (cum laude), 1983

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison (with distinction), 1978

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1999

Illinois, 1983 (Inactive)

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2010-Present

K&L Gates LLP (formerly Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP), Partner, 1998-2010

Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Senior Counsel, 1996-1998

Altheimer & Gray (Chicago, IL), Associate and Partner, 1986-1996

Isham Lincoln & Beale (Chicago, IL), Associate, 1983-1986

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, Law Clerk for the Hon. John C. Shabaz, 1982-1983

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Quoted

Overseeing the CEO: Part 5 in a Series

Quoted in CUToday.info, September 2017

Court Overturns Loan Officer Overtime Ruling in "Win" for MBA

Quoted in Reverse Mortgage Daily, July 2013

"In Person" Feature - Best Practices for Employers to Comply with the City of Seattle's Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance

Interviewed in Puget Sound Business Journal - November 2012

It's Not Just Paid Time Off - It's the Law: Attorneys explain what Seattle's new sick leave ordinance means for employers

Quoted in Puget Sound Business Journal - September 2011

Your Office Away from the Office

Quoted in Utah CEO Magazine

Keeping violent employees out of the workplace

Quoted in Risk Management magazine

10 Considerations in Developing Telecommuting Policies and Agreements

Quoted in HR.COM

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