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Expanded Workers’ Compensation Protections for California Workers Under Time-Limited Executive Order

May 19, 2020 |

On May 6, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to employees who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order. Specifically, the order provides that, for… Read More

Business Interruption Coverage: Understanding Direct Physical Loss or Property Damage as it Relates to Covid-19 Claims

May 1, 2020 |

COVID-19 has led to unprecedented closures of businesses world-wide. Many businesses are seeking to recoup their losses by filing claims with their insurance companies under the business interruption coverage provisions of their policies. Business interruption insurance is intended to cover losses… Read More

Bay Area Counties Take First Careful Step Toward Reopening

April 30, 2020 |

On April 29, 2020, the health officers of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, as well as the City of Berkeley, issued a new shelter-in-place order that will relax some of the shelter-in-place restrictions that have been in place since March 16,… Read More

A Tribute to Founding Partner Stan Berliner

April 24, 2020 | ,

We are sorry to announce that our founding partner, Stan Berliner, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2020.  Stan was a true icon of the legal community and was known for his legal acumen that helped shape the Silicon Valley as we know it today. Stan was a great mentor ad friend to all of us… Read More

IRS Provides for Automatic Postponement of Certain Estate Tax Returns and Gift Tax Returns

April 16, 2020 |

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Department of the Treasury (the “Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) began releasing notices that provided for relief to taxpayers by postponing the due date of particular tax returns from April 15,… Read More

Essential Elements of a Cal-WARN Act Letter and Notice to the State

April 2, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered businesses and as a result many California employers are currently in a position where they are forced to lay off their workforce.  Even though Governor Newsom issued an executive order on March 17, 2020 in attempt to relieve employers of the 60 day notice… Read More

Extended and Updated County and City Shelter in Place Orders – Tougher Restrictions and New Obligations For Employers

April 2, 2020 |

Bay Area Counties San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma, and Santa Cruz and the City of Berkeley have executed updated orders extending the shelter-in-place mandates through at least May 3, 2020. The orders went into effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 31 and are… Read More

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

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Complimentary Webinar: Reopening the Workplace-  What Employers Need to Know

May 21, 2020

Berliner Cohen, LLP is offering employers a complimentary webinar. Join experienced attorneys Susan E. Bishop and Eileen P. Kennedy for  Reopening the Workplace- What Employers Need to Know Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00PM - 1:00PM PST This webinar will discuss how to open your business while… Read More

Webinar: Opening Back Up -  What Restaurant Employers Need to Know

May 11, 2020

Restaurant Employers, Christine Long, Partner, of Berliner Cohen, LLP is partnering with the California Restaurant Association to host a Complimentary Webinar, "Opening Back Up: What Restaurant Employers Need to Know."  Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon PST As restaurants… Read More

2020 Employment Law Updates

November 5, 2019

Berliner Cohen, LLP Invites you to a complimentary seminar near you!  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 2019, which resulted in a host of new Federal, California and… Read More

Lunch and Learn: Meal and Rest Breaks

August 12, 2019

This is an advanced course in the law surrounding rest breaks and meal periods, including how to document, forms needed to waive or do on-duty breaks, what premiums are required and how to implement best practices.  We are offering seminars in San Jose and Modesto. To reserve your spot, e-mail… Read More

Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training in Santa Cruz, August 14th

August 8, 2019

MANDATORY AB 1825 SEXUAL HARASSMENT PREVENTION TRAINING The regulations regarding California's Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years. Join Christine H. Long, Partner in Employment and… Read More

2019 Employment Law Seminars

November 16, 2018

BERLINER COHEN AND EPIC BROKERS HOSTED COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR! The courts and legislature had a robust year in 2018, resulting in a host of new federal, California and local employment laws as well as new federal and state cases covering fair pay and wage requirements, mandatory harassment… Read More

New Year, New Challenges: Join Us for Our Annual Employment Law Update!

January 25, 2018

BERLINER COHEN AND EPIC BROKERS INVITE YOU TO A COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR!The courts and legislature had a robust year in 2017, resulting in a host of new federal, California and local employment laws  as well as new federal and state cases covering fair pay and wage requirements, commission pay plans,… Read More

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association: 2017 Western Regional Conference

July 18, 2017

Associate, Mike Cheng, will participate in the panel discussion, "Get the Jury on Your Side — Tips for Effective Direct and Cross Examinations." For more information about the NAPABA or the conference, click here.Date:July 20-22, 2017Location:Silicon Valley U.S. Patent and Trademark Office26 S.… Read More

Lunch & Learn: How to Legally and Effectively Conduct Internal Workplace Investigations

November 2, 2016

Make sure your investigation process doesn’t backfire: Attend this step-by-step seminarWhen a complaint is made, the clock starts ticking on potential litigation and liability. Therefore, it is imperative that a company handle any internal investigation timely and properly.  An internal… Read More

Berliner Cohen Sponsors NAIOP Silicon Valley 2016 Annual BBQ

September 15, 2016

Berliner Cohen is pleased to be a continuing sponsor of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) Silicon Valley's Annual BBQ.  This year the BBQ will be held on September 15, 2016 in Atherton, CA.  The annual NAIOP Silicon Valley BBQ is an opportunity to support… Read More

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