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
Sep 25, 2020

Department of Labor Issues Revised Regulations Concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On September 11, 2020, the Department of Labor ("DOL") announced three revisions it is making to the regulations concerning the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("FFCRA") (29 C.F.R. § 826.) The revised regulations took effect on September 16, 2020.

Sep 21, 2020

Governor Newsom Signs SB 1159 and AB 685 Into Law Impacting COVID-19 Related Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Creating New Notice and Reporting Requirements Related to COVID-19 Workplace Exposures

On September 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law two COVID-19 related bills – Senate Bill (“SB”) 1159 and Assembly Bill (“AB”) 685.  SB 1159 is an urgency bill that is effective immediately, and sets forth rebuttable presumption standards to establish workers’ compensation coverage for employees who contract COVID-19.  AB 685 modifies occupational safety standards to require employers to provide notice and report information related to COVID-19 exposures, and provides the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal/OSHA”) expanded authority to enforce such requirements and ensure safe workplace operations.  AB 685 is effective January 1, 2021. 

Sep 11, 2020

California Department of Public Health Updates Guidance Related to Cohorts

On Friday, September 4, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) revised its Guidance Related to Cohorts  (“Cohorting Guidance”), which it originally released on August 25, 2020.

The Cohorting Guidance is intended to provide guidance for the use of small “cohorts” and groups of children and youth in order to deliver necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth. This “Cohorting Guidance,” applies to children and youth who attend or participate in controlled, supervised and indoor environments that are operated by local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations or other authorized providers, including public and private schools, child-care facilities, organized and supervised care, recreational programs, youth groups, before and after school programs, and day camps.

Sep 1, 2020

CDSS Issues FAQS And Guidance On Waivers, Cohorts, Group Size, And Ratios For Childcare Facilities And Providers

On August 25, 2020, the California Department of Social Services (“CDSS”) issued a new Provider Information Notice (“PIN”), titled “Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) Regarding Waivers Available for Licensed Child Care Facilities and License-Exempt Providers Due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); Guidance on Cohorts, Group Size, and Ratios in Licensed & License-Exempt Child Care Settings” (PIN 20-22-CCP) (“August 25 CDSS Guidance”).  The August 25 CDSS Guidance contains questions and answers about waivers for specific types of license-exempt child care programs and licensed childcare providers, and cohorts, group size, and ratios, as well as a helpful glossary of terms commonly used in guidance intended for childcare facilities and providers.  It “applies to groups of children and youth in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments operated by local educational agencies, non-profits, or other authorized providers, including, but not limited to, public and private schools; licensed and license-exempt child care settings; organized and supervised care environment, i.e., ‘distance learning hubs’; recreation programs; before and after school programs; youth groups, and day camps.” 

Aug 31, 2020

Governor Newsom Announces New Blueprint for Safer Economy Plan; California Department of Public Health Issues Guidance Regarding Tier Framework for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities

On Friday, August 28, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” plan, effective August 31, 2020, which imposes color-coded, risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how movement affects the trajectory of the disease. This Blueprint replaces the previous County Data Monitoring List for determining what activities can and cannot reopen. On August 28, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) also issued a Plan for Reducing COVID-19 and Adjusting Permitted Sector Activities to Keep Californians Healthy and Safe, which provides information on how to interpret the Blueprint’s color-coded Tier System Framework and the steps required for a county to advance to the next tier. The information provided below applies to both private schools and public schools, unless otherwise noted.

Aug 27, 2020

California Department of Public Health Releases New Guidance for Case and Contact Management for Childcare, and Return to Work/School After Covid-19; CDC Updates Travel Restrictions

On Monday, August 24, 2020, the CDPH released Guidance on Returning to Work or School Following COVID-19 Diagnosis, which applies to individuals not in healthcare settings who have tested positive for COVID-19.  The CDPH guidance is consistent with current guidance on discontinuing home isolation issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, in fact, the CDPH states it recommends adherence to current CDC guidance.

Dec 5, 2019 Webinars on Demand
AB 51: Restrictions to Arbitration Agreements in Employment
9 March 2021
27 October 2020
Consortium Trainings

Employee Policies Every California Private School Handbooks Should Contain and Why

Golden State Independent School Consortium Webinar
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10 August 2020
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Understanding Professional Boundaries

Georgiana Bruce Kirby School Webinar
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3 May 2020
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Getting Workplace Investigations Right

California Independent Schools Business Officers Association (Cal-ISBOA) Pre-Conference Human Resources Virtual Workshop Webinar
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Dec 5, 2019 Webinars on Demand
AB 51: Restrictions to Arbitration Agreements in Employment
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