Linda K. Adler

Linda K. Adler Partner

Linda Adler, Partner in LCW's San Francisco Office, represents clients in all matters pertaining to education, labor, and employment law. Well versed in the litigation process, Linda has successfully represented colleges and universities throughout California in disputes regarding employment and student matters. Prior to joining LCW, Linda represented colleges and universities before administrative agencies and in mediations, arbitrations, jury and bench trials. In addition, Linda has served as general counsel for colleges without in-house legal departments.

Linda has advised officers of institutions on business and risk management practices and policies in the areas of preventing harassment claims, student discipline and expulsion, faculty and staff discipline and termination, equal employment opportunity law compliance, and contracts. She has also prepared faculty, staff and academic policy manuals and conducted training classes for faculty, staff and administrators on sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation and disability accommodations.

A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Linda was the recipient of an American Jurisprudence Award in Legal Writing and also received the Best Written American Brief Award in Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school Linda received her Bachelor of Arts in English (with a minor in anthropology) from Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she was a member of Sigma Tau Delta honor society. Linda is admitted to the California State Bar in addition to the United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts.

Dec 5, 2019 Webinars on Demand
AB 51: Restrictions to Arbitration Agreements in Employment
Apr 3, 2020

Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulations Concerning Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

On April 1, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued temporary regulations, and related comments, concerning the paid leave provisions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), including the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”). The new set of FFCRA regulations are set forth at 29 C.F.R. §§ 826.10-826.160.  A link to these regulations and comments is accessible here:   

Mar 17, 2020

Further Guidance from Bay Area Cities and Counties on Shelter in Place Orders

We previously reported on the Shelter in Place orders announced by public health officials on March 16, 2020, which go into effect on March 17th at 12:01am through April 7th.   These orders were announced by public health officials from the 6 Bay Area Counties of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, as well as the City of Berkeley.   During this announcement, public health officials explained that local jurisdictions would determine which essential businesses can remain open within their jurisdictions, and how to implement the directives of regional public health officials.   Since this announcement, the Santa Cruz County Health Department has also ordered that all residents shelter in place starting Tuesday through April 7, 2020.

Mar 16, 2020

County Health Officials Order Six Bay Area Counties to Shelter in Place Due to COVID-19

Today public health officials from six (6) Bay Area Counties (San Francisco City and County, Contra Costa County, Alameda County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Marin County)  announced new orders directing all individuals within these jurisdictions to shelter in place.  Public health officials explained that all businesses, except “essential businesses,” must cease operations.  The shelter in place orders will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 17th, and will remain in place for at least three (3) weeks.   Public health individuals explained that a regional shutdown is needed to halt the spread of the virus, prevent unnecessary deaths, and to prevent hospitals from being overrun. 

Mar 16, 2020

House Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Bill Moves To Senate For Vote

On March 14, 2020, at 12:51 am, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to reduce the impact of the virus on American families, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6201, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (the Act).  The bill will now move to the Senate, where it will be debated and voted upon.  If the bill passes in the Senate, President Trump will likely sign the bill into law, as he released a statement on March 14, announcing his full support of the bill.   

Mar 13, 2020

Special Bulletin For Private Education: New Travel Restrictions Announced By The President, The CDC, and The State Department

Earlier this week, LCW issued guidance to schools regarding trips in light of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).  LCW also issued guidance regarding schools’ ability to send students and employees home based on their recent travel to countries that have Level 3 or Level 2 Travel Notices from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Mar 11, 2020

Additional Information and Resources for Private Schools Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We issued Special Bulletins earlier this week on Student and Employee Issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The World Health Organization (“WHO”) has declared that the global spread of COVID-19 can now be characterized as a pandemic.   There has also been additional guidance issued by cities, counties, and the state with regard to the Coronavirus, including guidance regarding social distancing, and cancelling and postponing community events.  The state has also issued clarification that employees may apply for State Disability Insurance (SDI), Paid Family Leave benefits (PFL), and Unemployment Insurance benefits in connection with the Coronavirus.  Schools should be aware of the resources and information discussed below, as well as the specific recommendations and requirements made by local officials.

Dec 5, 2019 Webinars on Demand
AB 51: Restrictions to Arbitration Agreements in Employment
25 February 2020
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AB 51: Restrictions to Arbitration Agreements in Employment
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