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John M. Polson

Partner, Irvine
Irvine
t: 949.798.2130
f: 949.851.0152

Overview

John Polson is a partner in the Irvine office and a member of the firm's Management Committee. He represents employers and staffing industry clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, including transactional matters, litigation, compliance advice and audits, executive and management training, and other employment related legal matters.

John handles administrative and civil employment litigation matters, including arbitrations, in California and elsewhere. John has particular expertise representing temporary staffing, employee leasing, and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) clients in labor, employment, tax, and transactional matters. 

He serves on the Legal Advisory Council of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and is a frequent lecturer and author regarding multiple employer, joint employer, and human resources outsourcing arrangements.

John has served as a Professional Advisory Director for the Employer Services Assurance Corporation and as an Instructor in the University of California Irvine Human Resources Certificate Program. 

John is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008. 

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2008 

Professional Activities

  • Member, National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
  • Member, Legal Advisory Committee NAPEO
  • Member, American Staffing Association
  • Former Director, Employer Services Assurance Corporation
  • Founding Sponsor, Alliance for PEO Electronic Compliance
  • Member, Society of Human Resources Management
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association

Insights

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Executive Next Practices
    High Performance, High Compliance: Transforming Regulatory Risks into Increased Company Valuation – A New Approach
    Irvine, California
    4.4.14
  • NLRB Legal Update
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    San Antonio, TX
    9.11.13
  • 5 Ways To Lawsuit Proof Your PEO
    San Antonio, TX
    9.10.13
  • PEO Primer
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    San Antonio, TX
    9.8.13
  • Supreme Court Update
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Webinar
    8.27.13
  • California Legal Update
    San Diego, CA
    7.6.13
  • PEO’s and the Web
    PEO Primer
    Arlington, VA
    5.20.13
  • A Job Without Stress Is A Hobby
    CalSHRM
    San Diego, CA
    4.18.13
  • California Legal Update
    Santa Ana, CA
    3.20.13
  • Risk Management Workshop
    Tampa, FL
    3.1.13
  • PEO Primer
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Tampa, FL
    2.27.13
  • Regional Update
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Webinar
    2.19.13
  • Orange County Employment Managers Association
    Santa Ana, CA
    2.1.13
  • Legal Update
    Orange County Employment Managers Association
    Santa Ana, CA
    2.1.13
  • OCCABA Legal Update
    Newport Beach, CA
    1.26.13
  • Top 10 Reasons Employers Get Sued
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Scottsdale, AZ
    10.2.12
  • PEO Primer
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Scottsdale, AZ
    9.30.12
  • PEO Primer
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Columbus, FL
    7.18.12
  • Litigation Is Not Accommodating
    Society for Human Resource Management
    Atlanta, GA
    6.27.12
  • ADA On Trial
    CAPLAW
    Boston, MA
    6.20.12
  • The Who, What, and How of Workplace Investigations
    CAPLAW
    San Diego, CA
    6.6.12
  • NLRB - A Changing Landscape
    Arlington, VA
    5.22.12
  • PEO Primer
    National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
    Arlington, VA
    5.20.12
  • Avoiding Litigation With Your Employees
    ASCRS
    4.22.12
    Legal Update
  • Litigation Is Not Accommodating
    SDHRM
    San Diego, CA
    1.18.12

Articles

  • “California PEO Survival Guide”
    PEO Insider - Legal Currents
    June/July 2012
  • “Navigating the Labyrinth”
    PEO Insider - Special PEO Legal and Regulatory Issue
    May 2012
  • “NLRB Issues New Rules About Union Elections”
    Co-authored with Steve Bernstein
    PEO Insider - Special PEO Legal and Regulatory Issue
    May 2012
  • "Employee Handbooks 2011"
    PEO Insider
    June/July 2011
  • "Litigating with a Purpose"
    PEO Insider
    February 2011
  • "The Privacy Police Here!"
    PEO Insider
    May 2010
  • "Responding to Demand letter"
    NAPEO Legal Insights
    February 2009
  • "Employee Handbooks"
    NAPEO Legal Review
    July 2009
  • "Offer Letters and Termination Notices"
    PEO Insider
    August 2008
  • “Top Five Ways to Stay Out of Court”
    Employment Market Place
    July 2008
  • "Professional Employer Organizations and the National Labor Relations Act"
    NAPEO Legal Review
    2007
  • "When is a New Worker Covered Under the CSA?"
    PEO Insider
    November 2007
  • “Eliminate Vacation Policies for Attorneys”
    Orange County Lawyer
    January 10, 2007
  • "Employee Status Under the ADA"
    PEO Insider
    December 2006/January 2007
  • "Employment Contracts"
    NAPEO Legal Review
    2005
  • "Best Performance Practices: What Do You Need in the CSA?"
    PEO Insider
    August 2004
  • "One Lawyer, Two Clients, One Big Headache"
    PEO Insider
    October 2003
  • "PEOs and the FLSA"
    NAPEO Legal Review
    August 2003
  • "The Salary Basis Trap"
    PEO Insider
    June/July 2003
  • “Professional Employer Organizations and the National Labor Relations Act”
    NAPEO Legal Review
    March 1, 2003
  • "PEOs and the NLRB"
    NAPEO Legal Review
    March 2003
  • "The PEO Phenomenon: Co-Employment at Work"
    Employee Relations Law Journal
    March 2002
  • "Navigating the Joint Liability Matrix: Using the Contract to Protect the PEO"
    PEO Insider
    October 2001
  • "Employment Agreements for Worksite Employees"
    PEO Insider
    August 2001
  • "The Virtual Realities of Going Paperless"
    PEO Insider
    April 2001
  • "Protecting Your Assets: Keeping the Business When Key Employees Leave"
    PEO Insider
    October 2000

Education

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