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
Jan 15, 2021

New K-12 Schools Reopening In-Person Framework and Updated Guidance Issued

On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), issued new 50-page guidance, titled COVID-19 and Reopening Instruction Framework and Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, which serves as both an update and a consolidation of previous K-12 school-related guidance issued by the CDPH and Cal/OSHA.  The updated guidance supersedes the following previously issued guidance, orders, and FAQs: (1) COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs (first published in May of 2020 and last updated on August 3, 2020); (2) The COVID and Reopening In Person Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year (issued on July 17, 2020); (3) The Elementary Education Waiver process and the associated School Waiver Letter and Cover Form and Local Health Officer Waiver Notice Form (all issued on August 3, 2020); and (4) CPDH Schools Frequently Asked Questions (first issued on August 3, 2020).  This guidance does not modify or supersede the Guidance Related to Cohorts for Children and Youth (first issued on August 25, 2020 and last updated September 4, 2020). 

Dec 28, 2020

New Covid-19 Relief Legislation and its Impact on Private Schools and other Nonprofit Organizations

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed new COVID-19 legislation, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.  The new legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, provides $600 stimulus payments to individuals, adds $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits, and provides more than $300 billion in aid for small businesses, including $2.75 billion set-aside for private K-12 (including parochial schools), and $10 billion set-aside for childcare providers, as detailed below.

Dec 17, 2020

Governor Issues Executive Order Revising Cal/OSHA Quarantine Guidance

On December 14, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-84-20 (the “Order”), addressing a number of issues related to COVID-19 and the present public health emergency.

Dec 8, 2020

CDPH Reduces Quarantine Period Following “Close Contact” Exposures to Align with CDC Guidance, but Private Schools Must Follow Stricter Guidance Requiring 14-Day Quarantine

On December 7, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued updated guidance concerning the recommended quarantine period for individuals following a “close contact” exposure to someone with COVID-19.  The CDPH guidance now aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) guidance issued on the same subject on December 2.

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. 

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