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Berliner Cohen Seminar in San Jose: What’s In Your Future? Employment Law 2014 and Beyond

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FOR ALL EMPLOYERS AND HR PROFESSIONALS: Berliner Cohen is pleased to present this program with the Leavitt Group.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Biltmore Hotel & Suites
2151 Laurelwood Road
Santa Clara, CA

8:00 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Program

California employers are in the midst of changes required by landmark decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, health care reform legislation and increased regulatory activity in every aspect of the workplace from hiring to social media policies. Please join Berliner Cohen’s employment law attorneys and the Leavitt Group for a discussion of new statutory, regulatory and case law developments and the way your business will be affected in 2014 and beyond.

Topics include:

  • Recent court decisions and the impact on employers
  • Preview of anticipated legislative and regulatory changes
  • Increased audits and enforcement of worker classification requirements (independent contractors, interns)
  • Affordable Care Act – even though the federal government has delayed the employer mandate and accompanying insurer reporting requirements by one year, employers have added obligations for 2014.

Roberta Hayashi, Berliner Cohen, Moderator
Roberta has over twenty-five years of experience representing Silicon Valley employers in employment and business litigation. She has trial experience in wrongful termination, discrimination, and misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information actions in both state and federal court.

Susan Bishop, Berliner Cohen
Susan’s litigation practice includes working with management of public and private corporations and nonprofit organizations on issues, including incorporation, employee relations, personnel policies, wage and hour matters, discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination. She represents clients before State and Federal Courts, and state agencies including the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the California Labor Commissioner.

Tyler Shewey, Berliner Cohen
Tyler counsels individuals and business entities on a wide range of tax and business matters. Mr. Shewey’s tax practice includes both tax transactions and tax controversy before the Internal Revenue Service and Franchise Tax Board.

Robert Carrington, Vice President, Employee Benefits, Leavitt Group
Bob joined Leavitt Group in October 2000. His 22-year career has been in the field of employee benefits. Previously, he worked on the insurance carrier side of the business, managing the Northern California sales and service operations for Anthem Health. He was responsible for client relationships ranging from fully insured small groups to a $50 million self-funded union trust fund. His experience also includes managing the Bay Area operations for Fortis Benefits (now Assurant).

Lisa Klinger, ERISA Attorney, Leavitt Group
For 26 years, Lisa has specialized in employee benefits and employment law: ERISA, HIPAA Privacy & Security, COBRA, IRC, FMLA, CFRA, PDL, California state insurance law, and California employment law.  In recent years, she was the VP of Benefits Compliance for a large employer (15,000 employees), where her responsibilities included analyzing the effect of the new federal health care reform law on employer benefits, drafting and filing DOL VFC application; responding to government audits and inquiries, and ensuring compliance of health and welfare plans with state and local laws.

Berliner Cohen’s
 experienced employment law attorneys advise and represent employers and managers on a full range of legal issues affecting the workplace, including harassment and discrimination, unfair competition and trade secrets, wrongful discharge, wage and hour issues, and labor disputes. Berliner Cohen serves the business and regulatory needs of its clients in the San Jose, Merced and Modesto areas. For over 45 years, the Firm has developed the special expertise required by a diverse client base consisting of some of Silicon Valley’s largest corporations, new ventures, leading real estate developers, cutting-edge software manufacturers, healthcare providers, mortgage banking companies, municipalities and public agencies.

The Leavitt Group is a full-service, integrated business insurance agency providing risk management, property and casualty insurance, and employee benefits programs to clients.


1.5 hours of general CLE credit available.