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ADA Access – Viewing Your Business from the Outside – San Jose

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Berliner Cohen 2011 Breakfast Seminar Series

       ADA Access – Viewing Your Business from the Outside

      Mark your calendar and register today – space is limited!

CLICK HERE to register for the September 22, 2011 Seminar.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Biltmore Hotel (see directions below)
2151 Laurelwood  Rd.
San Jose, CA
(Complimentary parking available)

8:00 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Program

Is your business open to the public in any way?  If so, do you know that you can be sued for failing to have the correct accessibility signage at your doors, failing to have specific types of handicapped parking spaces or for failing to provide hundreds of other accessibility requirements?  Lawsuits for failure to accommodate the disabled are filed in increasing numbers.

A recent Federal case study revealed that more than 41% of the ADA/accessibility lawsuits in the United States were filed in California.  California has a much higher standard for accessibility than most other states.  In fact, it has been estimated that 98% of all businesses in California have at least one condition that could expose them to a costly lawsuit.  Lawsuits based upon lack of accessibility can be filed by an employee, customer, or members of the public.

On September 22, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at The Biltmore Hotel in Santa Clara, Berliner Cohen will be providing a complimentary breakfast program designed to provide business owners, property managers, and employers with the critical tools to evaluate their business, work place and work spaces as the public views them, and to identify and minimize the risks of costly disability accommodation litigation.

The program includes a virtual “walk-through of a property demonstrating the exterior and interior non-compliant aspects, and in certain instances, examples of simple fixes, as well as a discussions of the policies and practices that can help you and your business meet current accessibility standards.

We hope to see you on September 22.

Christine Long, Berliner Cohen attorney, maintains a diverse litigation practice in employment, hospitality, business litigation and real estate.  Her employment litigation practice includes handling wage and hour claims, claims of employment discrimination, ADA compliance, wrongful termination, and breach of employment contract cases.  She has experience with class action litigation, FLSA and EEOC investigations and ADA Compliance. In addition to her litigation practice, she counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including complaints made to and investigations initiated by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Labor Commissioner, and the EEOC on matters relating to employment including compensation issues, mandatory leaves of absence, reasonable accommodations, and reductions-in-force for indivi duals, companies and local government.

Chris Taylor is the principal of ADA Compliance Consultants, Inc., a nationwide accessibility consulting firm.  ADACC has conducted over 6,000 site inspections in more than 15 states, from a local owner with one location to a fortune 500 company with dozens of locations in multiple states.  He holds an International Code Counsel (ICC) certification as an Accessibility Specialist and Plans Examiner as well as one of only 250 CASp or Certified Access Specialist program implemented by the State of California last year.

COST: Complimentary (includes continental breakfast)

REGISTRATION: RSVP requested by Tuesday noon, September 20, 2011.

CERTIFICATION: 2 hours of general CLE credit available.

Directions to Hotel: 
From US-101: take  San Tomas Expy/Montague Expy exit, continue on Montague Expy (east side of US 101); turn right on Laurelwood Road; hotel on left.