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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 |

In the early evening of March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (or H.R. 6201), sweeping legislation passed to curtail the spread of and to combat the impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The FFRCA does many… Read More

Navigating the Legal complexities of the Coronavirus - UPDATED

March 16, 2020 |

Businesses around the country, and world, are grappling with how to handle the myriad of issues arising in the wake of COVID-19. This FAQ Sheet is meant to address some of the most common questions that Berliner Cohen is fielding from companies. The law is changing daily. We are doing our best to… Read More

The Coronavirus

March 9, 2020 | ,

The continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting workplaces in the Bay Area and employers should be aware of the practical guidelines aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Last week Santa Clara County’s Public Health Department (SCCPH) issued new guidance for… Read More

Navigating the Legal complexities of the Coronavirus

March 6, 2020 |

It would be a rare case that an Employer hasn’t heard about the spreading of coronavirus through California, other states as well as Internationally. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus originating from China. The spread of the coronavirus coupled with migrant workforce raises a web of… Read More

The legal restrictions on gift cards and certificates

February 26, 2020 |

Pursuant to Civil Code Section 1749.5, it is unlawful to sell gift certificates or gift cards with an expiration date. It is also unlawful to refuse to redeem for cash when the certificate value is less than $10.  Different rules may apply to promotional and discount certificates, or group gift… Read More

How to provide equal access for service animals, people with disabilities

January 30, 2020 |

Types of service animals Restaurants must allow access to customers accompanied by service animals trained to assist disabled persons, regardless of any conflicting health regulations, local ordinances or internal policies. Both disabled persons and trainers are allowed access with their service… Read More

Employer Achievable Goals for January 1 2020

December 26, 2019 |

There are numerous articles and seminars going over the hundreds of new California laws. The amount of changes business and employers are facing is downright overwhelming. However, there are a few achievable goals Employers can take now to start off the new year. Update Your Forms on New Posting… Read More

Reservation Cancellation Fees – What You Need to Know

December 2, 2019 |

Cancellations cost many business owners hundreds if not thousands of dollars each year. Many restaurants have been trying to find ways to avoid losses that otherwise would be incurred due to customers cancelling reservations or otherwise over reserving space and then at the last minute changing… Read More

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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

Berliner Cohen Sponsors San Jose Woman’s Club HomeFirst Fundraiser

September 14, 2016

Berliner Cohen is proud to support the San Jose Woman’s Club Bloomie Dropper Party on Thursday, September 15, at its historic Clubhouse located at 75 S. 11th St. in downtown San Jose. All donations benefit HomeFirst, an organization that provides housing and services for Santa Clara County's… Read More

Berliner Cohen Supports PACE at the Pacific Autism Center for Education Lawn Party

September 10, 2016

Berliner Cohen is pleased to continue its support of the Pacific Autism Center for Education and sponsor PACE’s upcoming Lawn Party on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at The Triton Museum of Art, 1505 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA.For additional information on this PACE event, click here.PACE… Read More

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