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Berliner Cohen, LLP Celebrated 50 Years!

August 8, 2019 |

Berliner Cohen is proud to announce that we celebrated 50 years of providing legal excellence to businesses, families and individuals in California in August of 2019! “We celebrate the legacy of those individuals who built our firm and their dedication to creating a solid… Read More

Berliner Cohen Wins School Fee Refund for Developer

July 17, 2019 |

After five- and one-half years of litigation, a dispute between Berliner Cohen’s developer client and a school district over the validity of school fees assessed by the District on a residential housing project has come to an end. The result was a judgment ordering the District to refund in… Read More

Local Minimum Wage Changes for July 2019

July 8, 2019 |

Navigating the mire of regulations affecting employers is difficult and one often overlooked area is local ordinances. Employers need to be aware of their city and county’s minimum wage ordinances. On July 1, 2019, several local minimum wage rates will increase, and two new local minimum wage… Read More

Eleven Berliner Attorneys Recognized as 2019 California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 26, 2019 |

Eleven Berliner Cohen attorneys have been recognized by Thomson Reuters’ 2019 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars programs.  Super Lawyers rates and recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and… Read More

A Supreme Court Lesson in Contract Interpretation

June 20, 2019 |

Every so often a seemingly mundane United States Supreme Court case comes along to provide valuable lessons for those of us who perform the normal day-to-day tasks of a civil law practice, like trying to write clear and unambiguous contracts. Case in point, Washington State v. Cougar Den, Inc,… Read More

Whatever Happened to Mel Cottons? : Berliner Attorneys Successfully Defend Project Against Misuse of CEQA

August 16, 2018 |

Whatever Happened to Mel Cottons? Remember the Mel Cottons Sporting Goods Store? This 50+ year San Jose landmark on San Carlos Street closed a couple of years ago. The site was bought by our client, who obtained approvals from the City of San Jose to develop a Smart & Final Extra! Grocery Store… Read More

What You Need to Know About CA Gender Neutral Workplace Policies

July 18, 2018 | ,

Transgender individuals are often subjected to stigma and discrimination in the workplace.  Studies show that transgender people face double the rate of unemployment as the overall population, nearly half of transgender people who applied for a job were not hired, were fired, or were not… Read More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing and Hiring

June 13, 2018 |

The Dos And Don’ts Of Interviewing And Hiring All too often, the restaurant industry suffers from “warm body syndrome.” Due to the pressures of this business, food service operators are often too quick to offer a job to a person who is unqualified. However, today, there is no… Read More

IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and its Implications for Individuals

May 29, 2018 | ,

The IRS to end Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program – Taxpayers with undisclosed foreign financial assets urged to enter program before it closes in September 2018. What is happening? The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has announced that it will begin to ramp down the 2014… Read More

Employer Alert: California Minimum Wage Increase for 2018 – Be Prepared

December 12, 2017 |

California employers should note that the state minimum wage is scheduled to increase in phases between 2017 and 2022. Under California law, exempt employees must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least double the minimum wage for full-time employment. The salary threshold will rise again January 1,… Read More

Fifteen New Housing Bills! The Quick Take for Cities and Developers (updated)

December 4, 2017 |

This is an updated version of this article, which was first published on October 19, 2017.  At a ceremony held at San Francisco’s Hunters Point, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law all fifteen bills encompassing the California legislature’s package aimed at addressing the… Read More

Flurry of Recent California Voting Rights Activity

November 30, 2017 |

Since the recent passage of Assembly Bill 350 in 2017, there have been a number of California cities either being sued or threatened with litigation under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). The CVRA essentially mandates that cities modify their at-large election systems to district based… Read More

Employer Alert: What You Need to Know About AB 1221 and AB 1209

October 26, 2017 |

California Law Now Requires Alcohol Servers to Go Through Mandatory Trainings The sale and consumption of alcohol is for better or for worse an integral part of the hospitality industry.  While the morals of society change, there has been no indication that alcohol consumption, unlike tobacco… Read More

Employers Beware: Restricting Employees on Social Media Publications Can Create Liability

October 12, 2017 |

Social media policies have been under increasing scrutiny. The recent decision of ESPN to suspend anchor Jemele Hill over politically charged tweets has again put social media policies in the spotlight. Employers need to ensure that their social media policies don’t run afoul of either state… Read More

Two New San Francisco Ordinances Go Into Effect In 2018

October 4, 2017 |

For San Francisco employers, two new local ordinances relating to lactation accommodation and requests for salary history will go into effect in 2018.“Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance”Beginning January 1, 2018, San Francisco will increase existing protections for nursing mothers working… Read More