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Berliner Cohen Announces Michael Cheng Elected Partner, January 2021

January 5, 2021 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP is pleased to announce that Michael “Mike” J. Cheng has been elected Partner in Business Litigation. Mike is a trial attorney who represents businesses and individuals in a variety of commercial disputes as well as real estate related litigation, including… Read More

COVID- 19 Preparation Plans – What Businesses Need to Know

December 16, 2020 |

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) new emergency regulation applies to most workers in California and requires employers to develop and implement a comprehensive written COVID-19 Prevention Program that addresses: A system for communicating COVID-19 information;… Read More

UPDATED Proposition 15 (Split-Roll Initiative): How It Could Affect Commercial Property Taxes

November 23, 2020 |

Update as of November 23, 2020:  By a narrow margin (52% to 48%), it appears that California voters have rejected Proposition 15, the “split roll” initiative that would have eliminated the limitation on real property tax increases under Proposition 13 for many commercial and… Read More

Berliner Cohen, LLP ranked as Best Law Firm regionally by The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® 2021

November 12, 2020 |

Berliner Cohen, LLP has been regionally ranked  as a The U.S. News -  Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings for 2021.  This rigorous ranking process has acknowledged the firm in six outstanding areas:  Tier 1 in Litigation: Land Use & Zoning Tier 1 in… Read More

Proposition 19: Big Changes After Valentine’s Day 2021

November 12, 2020 | ,

  This coming Valentine’s Day, your local California county assessor will be giddy in anticipation of what is to come because two days later -- Proposition 19(1) will go into effect.  As a result, property tax envelopes will soon need to be returned with much larger checks from their… Read More

IRS Announces Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions for 2021

November 12, 2020 | ,

On October 26, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service announced the exclusion amounts for 2021.  Notably, the basic estate tax exclusion for 2021 increased to $11,700,000, while the annual exclusion for gifts in 2021 remains at $15,000. A copy of Rev. Proc. 2020-45 can be found here. This is for… Read More

A Tribute To Retired Partner Hugh Isola

November 11, 2020 |

We are sorry to announce that our retired partner, Hugh Isola, passed away peacefully at home on November 3rd, 2020.  Our partner, Ralph Swanson, wrote a fitting tribute to Hugh that we would like to share with you... A TRIBUTE TO HUGH ISOLA  "When I first met Hugh Isola, I was a brand new… Read More

Local Paid Sick Leave Related to COVID-19

October 19, 2020 |

Review this chart detailing California's Paid Sick Leave categories for local businesses to ensure you are up-to-date and compliant.  Download the PDF here. For questions, please contact Christine H. Long, Partner and Department Chair, Berliner Cohen LLP (408) 286-5800… Read More

COVID-19 and Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Opportunities

October 16, 2020 | ,

Our world has experienced some dramatic events in the past year.  Of course, we’re all aware of many of the terrible personal and economic consequences of COVID-19.  But the news is not all bad.  Together with certain recent law changes, the pandemic has created an environment… Read More

All Employers of 5 or More Must Update Their CFRA Leave Policies

October 14, 2020 |

Currently, the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), which largely mirrors the Federal Family Medical Leave Act, requires employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius to grant a leave of absence to eligible employees of up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period for… Read More

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Latest Events

Webinar: 2021 Employment Law Update (January 13, 2021)

November 2, 2020

              We do the research, we monitor the court decisions, we analyze the new laws, and then we educate employers. The legislature and the courts had a robust year in 2020, instituting new rules      rules and regulations regarding COVID-19… Read More

Webinar: Workplace Investigations, October 28, 2020

October 20, 2020

Berliner Cohen's Labor & Employment Law Department will partner with the Central Valley Human Resource Management Association to host a webinar explaining when and how to conduct workplace investigations. Failure to properly investigate claims of discrimination and harassment or allegations… Read More

Webinar: Starting a Business in Silicon Valley, November 17, 2020

October 16, 2020

Starting a business in Silicon Valley, California, the technology center of the world, is a dream and a challenge.  And, doing it correctly may make the difference between being successful and losing your investment. On November 17, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time, … Read More

Webinar: Tips and Traps for Returning Employees Back to Work

September 1, 2020

Businesses bringing employees back to work, teleworking or on-location, have many questions and concerns.  Berliner Cohen, LLP Partner Susan Bishop and the Santa Clara County Employer Advisory Council have partnered to offer this complimentary webinar to answer… Read More

Webinar: Planning Your Legacy in the Middle of a Pandemic

August 18, 2020

Berliner Cohen, LLP attorney Brandon Rebboah will be presenting an introduction to planning your estate during Covid-19 at a webinar hosted by The Catholic Community Foundation. PLANNING YOUR LEGACY IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC SEPTEMBER 3, 2020, 12:00PM Register or learn more here.  Read More

Webinar: Virtual Broker Roundtable

August 10, 2020

Join Partner Joshua Borger for a webinar hosted by the Commercial Brokers Association on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 10:00am - 11:00am.  This Virtual Broker Roundtable is designed to answer:  - What are the rights of commercial tenants and landlords when the stay is lifted? - Did… Read More

Joshua Borger, Partner, Interview Regarding The Coronavirus and Landlord and Tenant Rights, Wednesday, July 22, 2020

July 20, 2020

Wednesday, July 22nd, from 12-1 pm, Berliner Cohen Partner Joshua Borger will be interviewed on KSCO (1080 a.m.) to discuss two pivotal issues that are impacting everyone due to the Coronavirus.  This interview will address, first, if insurance will cover business losses due to stay-at-home… Read More

Complimentary Webinar: Complying with Consumer Privacy during COVID-19 - Intro to the California Consumer Privacy Act

July 16, 2020

Join Berliner Cohen, LLP Partner Jay Landrum and associate Emily Tewes for a complimentary and informative webinar to assist your business in meeting the requirements for consumer privacy.  CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT DURING COVID-19: INTRO TO THE CALIFORNIA CONSUMER… Read More

Partner, Joshua Borger, to Speak at SJREI Association Webinar, July 14, 2020

July 13, 2020

Berliner Cohen Partner, Joshua Borger, will be presenting at the SJREI Association July meeting on July 14, 2020 at 7:00pm.  Mr. Borger will discuss ways to protect yourself during these tumultuous times-- AND recover losses from COVID-19, Riots, and Vandalism. Topics will include, but are… Read More

Partner, Dawn Sweatt, Presented on Covid-19 and Contract Performance on June 30, 2020

July 1, 2020

Dawn Sweatt, partner in our Business Litigation Law Department, presented with Frank Burke, of ADR Services, and  Richard McDonald of Hopkins & Carley on COVID-19 and Contract Performance on June 30, 2020 from 12-1 pm. The presentation was a thorough examination on the practical… Read More

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