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Local Paid Sick Leave Related to COVID-19

October 19, 2020 |

Review this chart detailing California's Paid Sick Leave categories for local businesses to ensure you are up-to-date and compliant.  Download the PDF here. For questions, please contact Christine H. Long, Partner and Department Chair, Berliner Cohen LLP (408) 286-5800… Read More

COVID-19 and Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Opportunities

October 16, 2020 | ,

Our world has experienced some dramatic events in the past year.  Of course, we’re all aware of many of the terrible personal and economic consequences of COVID-19.  But the news is not all bad.  Together with certain recent law changes, the pandemic has created an environment… Read More

All Employers of 5 or More Must Update Their CFRA Leave Policies

October 14, 2020 |

Currently, the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), which largely mirrors the Federal Family Medical Leave Act, requires employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to grant a leave of absence to eligible employees of up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period for… Read More

Webinar: How to Minimize Your Exposure To The Franchise Tax Board When Exiting California, October 14, 2020

October 6, 2020 |

Berliner Cohen attorney David Bellumori joins Scott Fuller from to discuss residency planning and Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) residency audits. If you are considering packing up and leaving the state, you will benefit from being aware that the FTB can be… Read More

Seven Berliner Cohen, LLP Attorneys Earn 2021 ‘Best Lawyers in America’ Ranking

August 20, 2020 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP proudly congratulates our attorneys named as the top attorneys in the 2021 Best Lawyers in America®: Andrew Faber and Jonathan Wolf in Litigation, Samuel Farb, Steven Hallgrimson, and Peggy Springgay in Real Estate Law, Frank Ubhaus in… Read More

Wildfire Smoke Compliance for Employers

August 19, 2020 |

California currently has fires burning in all but one county. Employers who were already tapped on complying with employment laws need to now deal with wildfire compliance. In 2019, California passed a new regulation, which applies to workplaces where the AQI for PM 2.5 is 151 or greater and where… Read More

Complying With Consumer Privacy During Covid-19: Intro to the California Consumer Privacy Act (Webinar, August 4, 2020)

August 5, 2020 |

(Originally hosted as a Zoom webinar on August 4, 2020) Presenters: Jay Landrum, Partner, and Emily Tewes, Attorney This webinar is designed as an introduction to the CCPA for businesses who may be required to comply or may need to update their privacy policies. Our experienced attorneys… Read More

Twelve Berliner Cohen Attorneys Recognized as 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters

July 6, 2020 |

We are proud to announce that twelve Berliner Cohen, LLP attorneys have been recognized by Thomson Reuters’ 2020 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars programs.  Super Lawyers rates and recognizes outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have… Read More

Fiduciary Duties Between Partners and Joint Venturers:  101

July 1, 2020 |

Partners and joint venturers owe duties to one another called “fiduciary duties.”  But, what are these fiduciary duties?  And, how to partnerships and joint ventures differ?  This blog answers those questions. A. What are fiduciary duties? A partnership is a fiduciary… Read More

Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act and Additional Clarification By SBA And Treasury Department

June 10, 2020 |

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (Flexibility Act), which made significant changes in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), became law on June 5, 2020.  On June 8, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of the Treasury issued a joint statement… Read More

Reopening the Workplace Webinar (June 4, 2020)

June 5, 2020 | ,

(Originally hosted as a Zoom webinar on June 4, 2020) Presenters: Susan Bishop and Eileen Kennedy This webinar covers topics relating to issues around how to open your business while keeping your employees and customers safe. Our experienced Employment Law attorneys Susan Bishop and Eileen… Read More

Bay Area Shelter in Place Order Updates: Effective June 5, 2020 in Santa Clara County

June 2, 2020 |

Santa Clara County, along with four other Bay Area counties and the City of Berkeley, announced on June 1, 2020 a further easing of the shelter-in-place order.  The various counties have different dates the modified order goes into effect.  The Santa Clara updated Order will go into effect… Read More

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