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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

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