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Hanson Bridgett LLP  

Legal Services | California, USA

https://www.hansonbridgett.com/
tel: 877-342-6766 | fax: 415-541-9366
425 Market St., 26th Floor | San Francisco | California | 94105 | USA

Meet The Team


Andrew Bassak

Andrew A. BassakPartner

  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Financial Services

Edward Bernard

Edward M. BernardPartner

  • Employee Benefits

Judith Boyette

Judith W. BoyettePartner

  • Employee Benefits
  • Health Care


David Gehrig

David S. GehrigPartner

  • Construction
  • Government

Paul Gordon

Paul A. GordonPartner

  • Senior Housing and Care
  • Health Care

Christopher Karachale

Christopher A. KarachalePartner

  • Employee Benefits
  • Corporate


Constance Liu

Constance LiuPartner

  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Tax

Raymond Lynch

Raymond F. LynchPartner

  • Labor & Employment
  • Employee Benefits

Diane Marie O'Malley

Diane Marie O'MalleyPartner

  • Government
  • Health Care


Jonathan Storper

Jonathan S. StorperPartner

  • Corporate
  • Intellectual Property

Latest Alerts


Shelter-in-Place Implications for Cannabis Dispensaries
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

On March 16, seven Bay Area counties issued "shelter-in-place" restrictions, which create compliance issues for cannabis operations licensed as dispensaries or as delivery services...

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UPDATED: Important Shelter-in-Place Exceptions for Some Construction Activities
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

Many jurisdictions in Northern California and throughout the State have ordered individuals who live in those communities to shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, all businesses except for “Essential Businesses” have been ordered to close. Certain construction activities, however, are exempt from the Shelter-in-Place orders, including housing projects and public works. Businesses that provide these services are Essential Businesses and are “strongly encouraged to remain open.” Geographic locations The following areas are currently affected by Shelter-in-Place Orders. New jurisdictions are being added each day so check back for updates...

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Contractual Performance Defenses In The Face Of COVID-19
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

 The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic is upending regular commercial activity across the United States and around the world, and that disruption is expected to escalate. Among the issues confronting our clients, the effect of public health orders and other measures to address COVID-19 is threatening, impacting, and in some cases, outright prohibiting the performance of material contractual obligations. This alert focuses on the interrelationship between three distinct contractual defenses and the COVID-19 pandemic: contractual force majeure clauses, excuse of performance under the California Civil Code, and the legal doctrine of frustration of purpose...

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Obligations of Board of Directors in Light of COVID-19 Restrictions
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

We have been asked whether businesses should cancel or severely limit business meetings and social engagements due to the Coronavirus pandemic crisis. It is admittedly difficult to run a business while essentially sheltering in place until such time, as the country achieves some sort of reliable testing program and medical treatment availability. Our recommendation is to cancel all but the most critical of meetings and gatherings. This recommendation is based on how rapidly things are changing due to the crisis...

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Employee Benefits Questions and Answers Related to COVID-19
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

As a growing number of the workforce is being affected by the COVID-19 virus, employers are being asked to respond to benefit-related questions from employees. In the coming days, the Employee Benefits Group at Hanson Bridgett will be providing updated information on possible issues arising in the benefits area through Benefits Alerts and postings on Hanson Bridgett's Online COVID-19 Resource Center. Regulatory and legislative changes are occurring rapidly, and we will make every effort to keep our clients informed of new developments occurring in this area as they occur. Below are some of the most frequent questions (and answers) received thus far...

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Business Interruption Insurance May Cover Losses Related to Coronavirus
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

As each day that passes while COVID-19 spreads throughout the country, more businesses are closing their doors to protect their employees, customers, vendors, and other people with whom they come into contact. And many of them are wondering whether there is coverage for their business losses during this time. Business interruption or business income coverage is sometimes included in commercial property coverage. For example, many property policies provide insurance for “direct physical loss of or damage” to covered property for certain causes of loss. In some instances, business interruption coverage insures losses to the business for having to suspend its operations...

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Notice to Employers: California WARN Act Notice Requirements Suspended
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

On March 17, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order suspending some of the notice requirements under the California WARN Act ("Cal-WARN"), the state counterpart to the Federal WARN Act. The order came in response to the sudden onslaught of workplace closings across California due to COVID-19. Under the Cal-WARN, employers with 75 or more employees must give 60-days' written notice to employees and unions before layoffs occur. However, in this uncertain and quickly-changing environment, many employers have been forced to reduce their workforces or even shutter operations without providing their employees the requisite advance notice...

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Employer Notice: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Becomes Law
Hanson Bridgett LLP, March 2020

On March 18, 2020, the Senate approved, and President Trump signed H.R. 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act." The legislation contains a number of provisions related to employees' rights to time off and pay, provides tax credits to employers, and includes expanded health services and unemployment provisions. The provisions related to employees' rights to time off and pay, tax credits, and unemployment are summarized here:   Family Medical Leave Act Expansion H.R...

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