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Handling Information Requests from Government Agencies – Businesses’ Rights & Obligations

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Berliner Cohen Employment Law Breakfast Seminar Series

Handling Information Requests from Government Agencies
– Businesses’ Rights & Obligations –

(Previously “Search Warrants and Government Subpoenas:
What Every Employer Should Know…”)

Mark your calendar and register today – space is limited!

Click here to register for the November 3, 2009 seminar.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Berliner Cohen
Ten Almaden Blvd., Eleventh Floor
San Jose, CA
(Validated parking available at Ten Almaden Blvd.)

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

Warrants and subpoenas are not limited to use in criminal investigations.  State and Federal government agencies have the ability to review and copy records, inspect your premises, or interview your employees to investigate violations of laws relating to trade secrets, workplace safety, immigration, payment of wages, and toxic disposal.  The interests of the business owner in avoiding even the appearance of illegal conduct and minimizing disruption of its operations may conflict sharply with the Constitutional rights of individual employees.

Addressing these conflicting interests is essential through up-to-date policies and practices that deal with electronic and paper records, reporting and disclosure responsibilities, as well as training managers about what to do (or not do) if a warrant or subpoena is served.

Berliner Cohen’s employment law and litigation attorneys will discuss the keys to effective policies and preparation for government investigation.  Topics include:

  • The investigative process:  What are they looking for? How far can they go?
  • Proactive trouble spotting
  • New laws about discovery of electronic data
  • Privacy laws concerning medical records
  • Immigration status update, No-Match Letters and I-9s
  • Workplace safety and security

Christian Picone and Kate Wilson, Berliner Cohen attorneys

Christian Picone is a litigator in the Berliner Cohen business litigation group where he represents individuals and businesses in both civil and criminal litigation at the state and federal levels.  His criminal practice emphasizes white collar criminal defense in the areas of theft of trade secrets, securities violations, embezzlement and fraud.  Prior to joining Berliner Cohen, Mr. Picone worked as a lead felony prosecutor in Illinois, specializing in white collar crime.  Mr. Picone has conducted over thirty jury trials to verdict.

There is no charge for the attendance or the materials; breakfast will be served.  If you are unable to attend, please forward this invitation to other prospective attendees in your company.

TO REGISTER: Provided as a free educational service for clients and friends by Berliner Cohen.

Click here to register for the November 3, 2009 seminar.

Registration deadline: Because of space limitations, registrations will be accepted until noon, Monday, November 2, 2009.

Berliner Cohen is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.  Berliner Cohen certifies that this activity has been approved for 1.5 hours (General) MCLE credit by the State Bar of California.


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 is one of the largest law firms in San Jose serving the business and regulatory needs of private business and public agencies.  For almost 40 years, the Firm has developed the special expertise required by a diverse client base consisting of nationally recognized business interests and a number of Silicon Valley’s largest national and multinational corporations, new ventures, leading real estate developers and brokerages, cutting-edge technology companies, healthcare and other service providers, banking and financial institutions, municipalities, public agencies and individuals.  Berliner Cohen also meets the growing demands of the San Joaquin Valley with its expanding office in Merced.