Read Our COVID-19 Resources and Information

All Articles

Expanded Workers’ Compensation Protections for California Workers Under Time-Limited Executive Order

May 19, 2020 |

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to employees who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order. Specifically, the order provides that, for… Read More

Business Interruption Coverage: Understanding Direct Physical Loss or Property Damage as it Relates to Covid-19 Claims

May 1, 2020 |

COVID-19 has led to unprecedented closures of businesses world-wide. Many businesses are seeking to recoup their losses by filing claims with their insurance companies under the business interruption coverage provisions of their policies. Business interruption insurance is intended to cover losses… Read More

Bay Area Counties Take First Careful Step Toward Reopening

April 30, 2020 |

On April 29, 2020, the health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, as well as the City of Berkeley, issued a new shelter-in-place order that will relax some of the shelter-in-place restrictions that have been in place since March 16,… Read More

A Tribute to Founding Partner Stan Berliner

April 24, 2020 | ,

We are sorry to announce that our founding partner, Stan Berliner, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2020.  Stan was a true icon of the legal community and was known for his legal acumen that helped shape the Silicon Valley as we know it today. Stan was a great mentor ad friend to all of us… Read More

IRS Provides for Automatic Postponement of Certain Estate Tax Returns and Gift Tax Returns

April 16, 2020 |

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) began releasing notices that provided for relief to taxpayers by postponing the due date of particular tax returns from April 15,… Read More

Essential Elements of a Cal-WARN Act Letter and Notice to the State

April 2, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered businesses and as a result many California employers are currently in a position where they are forced to lay off their workforce.  Even though Governor Newsom issued an executive order on March 17, 2020 in attempt to relieve employers of the 60 day notice… Read More

Extended and Updated County and City Shelter in Place Orders – Tougher Restrictions and New Obligations For Employers

April 2, 2020 |

Bay Area Counties San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz and the City of Berkeley have executed updated orders extending the shelter-in-place mandates through at least May 3, 2020. The orders went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 31 and are… Read More

Updated Information on New Paid Leave Requirements

March 27, 2020 |

Updated Information on New Paid Leave Requirements The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has issued new guidelines, clarifying in part how the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSL”) and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLA”) will be… Read More

COVID 19 Timeline of Benefits

March 20, 2020 |

Week 1 - Week 2 Federal Paid Sick Leave for COVID 100% of Pay for Employee COVID or Closure ($511 p/day or $5110 total) Or 2/3 due to Child Care or Family Member ($200 per day or $2000) Federal Sick Leave Week 3 - Week 12 EMERGENCY FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE 12 Weeks Total Available 2 WEEKS UNPAID… Read More

Family First Coronavirus Response Act: New Paid Leave Requirements

March 20, 2020 |

Effective April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations answering many key questions about the implementation of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave and the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act.  The temporary regulations are in effect from April 1… Read More

Navigating the Legal complexities of the Coronavirus - UPDATED

March 16, 2020 |

Businesses around the country, and world, are grappling with how to handle the myriad of issues arising in the wake of COVID-19. This FAQ Sheet is meant to address some of the most common questions that Berliner Cohen is fielding from companies. The law is changing daily. We are doing our best to… Read More

The Coronavirus

March 9, 2020 | ,

The continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting workplaces in the Bay Area and employers should be aware of the practical guidelines aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Last week Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department (SCCPH) issued new guidance for… Read More

Navigating the Legal complexities of the Coronavirus

March 6, 2020 |

It would be a rare case that an Employer hasn’t heard about the spreading of coronavirus through California, other states as well as Internationally. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus originating from China. The spread of the coronavirus coupled with migrant workforce raises a web of… Read More

The legal restrictions on gift cards and certificates

February 26, 2020 |

Pursuant to Civil Code Section 1749.5, it is unlawful to sell gift certificates or gift cards with an expiration date. It is also unlawful to refuse to redeem for cash when the certificate value is less than $10.  Different rules may apply to promotional and discount certificates, or group gift… Read More

How to provide equal access for service animals, people with disabilities

January 30, 2020 |

Types of service animals Restaurants must allow access to customers accompanied by service animals trained to assist disabled persons, regardless of any conflicting health regulations, local ordinances or internal policies. Both disabled persons and trainers are allowed access with their service… Read More