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Whatever Happened to Mel Cottons? : Berliner Attorneys Successfully Defend Project Against Misuse of CEQA
August 16, 2018 | Andrew L. Faber

Whatever Happened to Mel Cottons? Remember the Mel Cottons Sporting Goods Store? This 50+ year San Jose landmark on San Carlos Street closed a couple of years ago. The site was bought by our client, who obtained approvals from the... Read More

What You Need to Know About CA Gender Neutral Workplace Policies
July 18, 2018 | Ghazaleh Modarresi

Transgender individuals are often subjected to stigma and discrimination in the workplace.  Studies show that transgender people face double the rate of unemployment as the overall population, nearly half of transgender people who applied for a job were not hired,... Read More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing and Hiring
June 13, 2018 | Christine H. Long

The Dos And Don’ts Of Interviewing And Hiring All too often, the restaurant industry suffers from “warm body syndrome.” Due to the pressures of this business, food service operators are often too quick to offer a job to a person... Read More

IRS’s Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program and its Implications for Individuals
May 29, 2018 | Aaron Valenti

The IRS to end Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program – Taxpayers with undisclosed foreign financial assets urged to enter program before it closes in September 2018. What is happening? The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) has announced that it will begin to... Read More

Employer Alert: California Minimum Wage Increase for 2018 – Be Prepared
December 13, 2017 | Christine H. Long

California employers should note that the state minimum wage is scheduled to increase in phases between 2017 and 2022. Under California law, exempt employees must earn a fixed monthly salary of at least double the minimum wage for full-time employment.... Read More

Fifteen New Housing Bills! The Quick Take for Cities and Developers (updated)
December 4, 2017 | Andrew L. Faber

This is an updated version of this article, which was first published on October 19, 2017.  At a ceremony held at San Francisco’s Hunters Point, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law all fifteen bills encompassing the California legislature’s package aimed... Read More

Flurry of Recent California Voting Rights Activity
December 1, 2017 | Richard E. Nosky Jr

Since the recent passage of Assembly Bill 350 in 2017, there have been a number of California cities either being sued or threatened with litigation under the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). The CVRA essentially mandates that cities modify their... Read More

Employer Alert: What You Need to Know About AB 1221 and AB 1209
October 26, 2017 | Christine H. Long

California Law Now Requires Alcohol Servers to Go Through Mandatory Trainings The sale and consumption of alcohol is for better or for worse an integral part of the hospitality industry.  While the morals of society change, there has been no... Read More

Employers Beware: Restricting Employees on Social Media Publications Can Create Liability
October 12, 2017 | Christine H. Long

Social media policies have been under increasing scrutiny. The recent decision of ESPN to suspend anchor Jemele Hill over politically charged tweets has again put social media policies in the spotlight. Employers need to ensure that their social media policies... Read More

Two New San Francisco Ordinances Go Into Effect In 2018
October 4, 2017 | Ghazaleh Modarresi

For San Francisco employers, two new local ordinances relating to lactation accommodation and requests for salary history will go into effect in 2018. “Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance” Beginning January 1, 2018, San Francisco will increase existing protections for nursing... Read More

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Lunch and Learn: How to Lawfully Pay Employees
August 23, 2018

A new case has changed pay rules; California employers must now pay workers for every task performed, even for trivial tasks performed before and after clocking into work. Join our Employment attorneys to learn how to properly pay hourly employees:... Read More

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2018 HR West
March 6, 2018

Susan E. Bishop and Christine H. Long will be presenters at the Northern California Human Resources Association’s 2018 HR West, March 5-7. Their session, “Designing Legal Incentive Pay Plans", will be on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Come and... 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... 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, 2017 Location: Silicon Valley U.S. Patent... Read More

Speaker Event: Christine Long, Partner – Speaker at CRA Legal Center Live Roadshow
May 24, 2017

Grab your seat for this complimentary featured event series Please join the California Restaurant Association for our Legal Center Live Roadshow event series on May 23rd, 24th, and 25th! This educational event series will feature restaurant industry legal experts from... Read More

Berliner Cohen Hosts 31st Annual Dessert Reception at League of CA Cities Spring Conference
May 4, 2017

You are cordially invited to Berliner Cohen's 31st Annual Dessert Reception at the 2017 League of California Cities Spring Conference. Join us for divine delicacies, continental coffees and serendipitous spirits with attorneys from around California Please feel free to bring your... Read More

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2017 HR WEST
March 8, 2017

Susan E. Bishop and Christine H. Long will be presenters at the Northern California Human Resources Association’s 2017 HR West, March 6-8.  Their session, “California Employment Law Update: An Interactive Q&A, will be on Wednesday, March 8, 12:05 p.m. - 1:20... Read More

2017 California Law Update Session – East Bay
January 19, 2017

NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGES: JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE!  BERLINER COHEN LLP INVITES YOU TO A COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR 2017 ushers in a host of new federal, California and local employment laws and new federal and state cases... Read More

2017 California Law Update Session – San Jose
January 18, 2017

NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGES: JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE!  BERLINER COHEN LLP INVITES YOU TO A COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR 2017 ushers in a host of new federal, California and local employment laws and new federal and state cases... Read More

2017 California Law Update Session – Modesto 2017
January 11, 2017

NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGES: JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE!  BERLINER COHEN LLP INVITES YOU TO A COMPLIMENTARY SEMINAR 2017 ushers in a host of new federal, California and local employment laws and new federal and state cases... Read More

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Latest Articles

Whatever Happened to Mel Cottons? : Berliner Attorneys Successfully Defend Project Against Misuse of CEQA
August 16, 2018 | Andrew L. Faber

Whatever Happened to Mel Cottons? Remember the Mel Cottons Sporting Goods Store? This 50+ year San Jose landmark on San Carlos Street closed a couple of years ago. The site was bought by our client, who obtained approvals from the... Read More

What You Need to Know About CA Gender Neutral Workplace Policies
July 18, 2018 | Ghazaleh Modarresi

Transgender individuals are often subjected to stigma and discrimination in the workplace.  Studies show that transgender people face double the rate of unemployment as the overall population, nearly half of transgender people who applied for a job were not hired,... Read More

The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing and Hiring
June 13, 2018 | Christine H. Long

The Dos And Don’ts Of Interviewing And Hiring All too often, the restaurant industry suffers from “warm body syndrome.” Due to the pressures of this business, food service operators are often too quick to offer a job to a person... Read More

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Latest Events

Lunch and Learn: How to Lawfully Pay Employees
August 23, 2018

A new case has changed pay rules; California employers must now pay workers for every task performed, even for trivial tasks performed before and after clocking into work. Join our Employment attorneys to learn how to properly pay hourly employees:... Read More

Partners Christine Long and Susan Bishop Present at 2018 HR West
March 6, 2018

Susan E. Bishop and Christine H. Long will be presenters at the Northern California Human Resources Association’s 2018 HR West, March 5-7. Their session, “Designing Legal Incentive Pay Plans", will be on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 10:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Come and... 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... Read More

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