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Employer Achievable Goals for January 1 2020

December 26, 2019 |

There are numerous articles and seminars going over the hundreds of new California laws. The amount of changes business and employers are facing is downright overwhelming. However, there are a few achievable goals Employers can take now to start off the new year. Update Your Forms on New Posting… Read More

Reservation Cancellation Fees – What You Need to Know

December 2, 2019 |

Cancellations cost many business owners hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year. Many restaurants have been trying to find ways to avoid losses that otherwise would be incurred due to customers cancelling reservations or otherwise over reserving space and then at the last minute changing… Read More


November 19, 2019 |

Berliner Cohen values building long-lasting relationships with our clients and we are dedicated to protecting and preserving what is important to each client. We foster collaborative, innovative problem solving and are structured to leverage the expertise of all our staff in order to provide the… Read More

Should a Contract Contain an Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision?

November 5, 2019 |

Disputes are a fact of life and courts exist to resolve them.  Yet the costs of traditional litigation, frequent delays, and lack of faith in juries compel consideration of other options, collected under the term “Alternative Dispute Resolution” or “ADR.”  The… Read More

The New SB330 – The Legislature Ratchets Up the Pressure On Cities to Approve Housing Developments

October 23, 2019 |

This article summarizes the salient provisions of SB330 (the “Bill”), which was signed into law by Governor Newsom on October 9, 2019.  This is a much-publicized and debated bill that enacts the most sweeping legislation affecting housing projects since the spate of such actions in… Read More

Options Available for Taxpayers with Undisclosed Foreign Accounts and/or Unreported Foreign Income

October 3, 2019 | ,

Foreign information reporting (i.e., reporting the existence of certain foreign/overseas assets) may be required for any “United Sates person.”  The term “United States person” is broadly defined, and includes United States citizens, United States residents (such as… Read More

Is This Case about Land Use – or Reproductive Rights?

September 19, 2019 |

Every so often you can read a U.S. Supreme Court case that makes perfect sense – until it doesn’t.  At that point you realize that there is an extensive subtext to the case that explains the divergent positions of the Majority and the Dissent. A recent example is the case of Knick… Read More

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