The Grand Inquisitor’s Story Comes To California’s Job Devastation

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

(Part of a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The previous ones are here.)  A number of issues arising during the pandemic—issues of faith, certainty, freedom— lead us back to The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel published in 1880. It is not too grandiose to say that at a […]

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Our Appointment In Samarra: Job Devastation And Aftermath

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

(Part of a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The previous ones are here.) The phrase “Appointment in Samarra” is usually associated with the 1934 novel of that name by John O’Hara. But the origin is the 1933 play, Sheppy, by Somerset Maugham. Near the end of the play, […]

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Reopening The Economy, Moving Forward This Week: The Coronavirus Workplace Series

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

Part of a series on the impacts on the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The previous ones are here). Over the past week, plans for a phased reopening of the economy moved quickly forward. The White House issued reopening ideas and potential structures for the states. State Governors began appointing task forces on timing, […]

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Reopening The Economy, Business Resiliency And Change: The Coronavirus Workplace Series

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

(The fifth in a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The first four are here). On Friday, President Trump announced a task force on reopening the national economy. Also on Friday, several Governors, including California Governor Newsom, announced they were developing plans on state reopening processes and strategies.  Good. […]

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Countering Layoffs, Lessons From The First Week Of The CARES Act: The Coronavirus Workplace Series

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

(This is the fourth in a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The first three are here.) Government and private sector businesses are moving so rapidly during the first week of the $2 trillion CARES Act, that we can already draw some lessons going forward. This is so especially […]

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The Unprecedented Employer Subsidies This Week To Avoid Layoffs: The Coronavirus Workplace Series

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

(This is the third in a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The first two are here and here). The federal Stimulus, approved last Friday, includes unprecedented financial incentives for employers to retain employees or bring back employees laid off after March 1, 2020. Whether they succeed or not […]

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Remote Work and Best Practices: The Coronavirus Workplace Series

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

(This is the second in a series on the impacts of the coronavirus on employment and the workplace. The first is here.) In the old economy (three weeks ago), remote work was a growing but still limited part of the workforce. Only around 5.3% of American employees worked primarily from home in 2018. Within the past […]

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Strengthening California’s Middle Class

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

Many California economists and workforce practitioners know of employment initiatives launched by Mike Bloomberg, when he was Mayor of New York, 2002-2013. However, beyond the economists and practitioners, these initiatives have not received the attention they deserve. With the California primary approaching, it is worth taking a look at a few of them: the results […]

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The Shooting in Corona, California

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

On Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2019, at a crowded Costco store in Corona, California, an off-duty policy officer, Salvador Sanchez, shot and killed Kenneth French, a 32 year old man who was non-verbal and described by family as severely developmentally disabled. According to witnesses, French had become agitated and pushed Sanchez to the ground, while […]

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Disability Services Reach the Crossroads in California

Michael Bernick
Counsel with the international law firm of Duane Morris LLP, a Milken Institute Fellow and former Director of the California Employment Development Department

The Sonoma Developmental Center (pictured), which once housed 3200 children and adults with disabilities, closed at the end of 2018, among the last in the state hospital system. Over the past fifty years, a community-based system has gradually replaced the state hospitals, promising fuller inclusion.  The California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) oversees a vast […]

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