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
Jun 8, 2020

The State Issues Guidance for the Reopening of Schools and School-Based Programs, Childcare Facilities and Day Camps

On June 5, 2020, the State issued industry guidance for schools and school-based programs, childcare facilities, and day camps

COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs

The Governor previously announced that counties that have completed and submitted a written attestation to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) indicating the county had met specific readiness criteria could move more quickly through the reopening process.  The Governor stated that counties approved to move more quickly through the reopening process could reopen schools after the state issued guidance, and if consistent with local officials and orders.  The long awaited state guidance, titled, “COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs” (School Guidance), was released on June 5th.  The preface to the School Guidance notes that it is interim guidance, and will be updated as new data and practices emerge.  Additional guidance is forthcoming on school-based sports and extracurricular activities.

May 28, 2020

Los Angeles County and Other Counties Issue K-12 Reopening Guidance; The State Superintendent of Public Instruction Provides an Update on Statewide Guidance

A.  Superintendent Tony Thurmond Provides an Update on Statewide Guidance Regarding the Reopening of K-12 Schools

On May 27, 2020, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, provided an update on the Department of Education’s efforts to assist schools with the reopening process during a virtual media check-in.  Superintendent Thurmond shared that the Department of Education would be releasing reopening guidance for schools in early June.  Superintendent Thurmond referred to the guidance for schools as a “guidebook” and stated that it will be a “how to” guide that answers schools’ questions about how to reopen.

May 27, 2020

New Guidance From the CDC and the California Department of Public Health on the Reopening of K-12 Schools

CDC Issues Guidance Regarding the Reopening of K-12 Schools, Summer Day Camps, and Child Care Programs

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued guidance titled, CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again.  The guidance contains information on the CDC’s activities and initiatives to support state and local authorities with the gradual reopening of the country.  The guidance also contains specific guidance to assist certain types of establishments as they reopen, including childcare programs, K-12 schools, and summer day camps.

May 26, 2020

Further Guidance on the Reopening of Childcare Facilities

1.  Statewide Orders Regarding the Reopening of Childcare Facilities 

On May 12, 2020, the Governor modified the statewide Shelter-in-Place order to permit childcare facilities that comply with statewide industry guidance to operate for children of all workers (rather than only for children of essential workers) unless local orders prohibited this.   Since this order was modified, some counties have modified their local Shelter-in-Place orders to permit childcare facilities to provide services for all children of all workers.  However, many counties have orders in place that are more restrictive and that only permit childcare services be provided to children of essential workers, or in some cases, for those workers who are permitted by their county order to work outside the home.   It is important that schools review their local order to determine the limits on the operation of childcare facilities within their jurisdiction. 

May 13, 2020

Updated Special Bulletin: Governor Issues New Statewide Guidance for Reopening of Businesses, Including Childcare Facilities

Last month the Governor laid out a four stage plan for reopening the state.  Last week, we provided an update that the State entered into the first phase of stage 2 of the reopening process on Friday May 8th.  This first phase of stage 2 permitted the retail industry, including the reopening of bookstores, clothing stores, florists, and sporting goods stores, to open on May 8th for curbside pickup.  The Governor stated that other businesses such as offices, dine-in restaurants, shopping malls, and schools were not allowed to reopen as a part of this first phase of Stage 2. However, the Governor indicated those industries may be allowed to reopen in a later phase of Stage 2.

May 8, 2020

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues New Guidance Authorizing Employers to Test Employees for COVID-19

On April 23, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued updated guidance concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Rehabilitation Act and how employers may respond to the public health emergency caused by COVID-19. The EEOC makes clear that while the laws will continue to apply during the present public health emergency, the EEOC will not interfere with or prevent employers from following the guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) or by state or local public health authorities concerning steps to respond to COVID-19.

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

Getting Workplace Investigations Right

California Independent Schools Business Officers Association (Cal-ISBOA) Pre-Conference Human Resources Virtual Workshop Webinar
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25 February 2020
Consortium Trainings

Requirement for Utilizing Volunteers Under California Law

ACSI Consortium Webinar
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Dec 5, 2019 Webinars on Demand
AB 51: Restrictions to Arbitration Agreements in Employment
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