Michael S. Bernick

Research Fellow at Milken Institute

Michael S. Bernick

Michael S. Bernick

Research Fellow at Milken Institute

Biography

Michael S. Bernick joined Sedgwick after serving for nearly five years (1999-2004) as director of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the 10,000-person state department of labor. As EDD Director, Mr. Bernick oversaw the administration of the state’s employer tax collection system, unemployment insurance system and disability insurance system.

Michael S. Bernick joined Sedgwick after serving for nearly five years (1999-2004) as director of the California Employment Development Department (EDD), the 10,000-person state department of labor. As EDD Director, Mr. Bernick oversaw the administration of the state’s employer tax collection system, unemployment insurance system and disability insurance system.

Mr. Bernick advises employers on issues related to employer taxes, unemployment insurance and disability insurance. In recent years, he has worked with some of the nation’s major professional employer organizations, staffing companies and payroll companies.

Prior to being appointed EDD director in 1999, Mr. Bernick was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, the regional rail system, for eight years, and served as Board President in 1995. Among his main initiatives as a BART Director was the development of new communities linked to rail transit stations. He was a co-founder of the National Transit Access Center at U.C. Berkeley, specializing in public-private partnerships for land development, and worked with municipalities, transit agencies and developers throughout the United States on early transit village and transit-oriented development projects. He continues to be involved in transit-oriented developments in Northern California.

Affiliations, Activities and Accomplishments

Mr. Bernick has held several academic and research appointments, and during the 1980s and 1990s was on the adjunct faculty at U.C. Berkeley. Current affiliations include:

* Milken Institute, research fellow
* Growth Sector, board chair
* AASCEND autism employment, board member
* The Specialists Guild, board member
* Positive Resource Center, advisory board

While attending law school, Mr. Bernick was a member of the Law Review.

Publications & Presentations

Mr. Bernick frequently publishes articles and presents on a variety of topics related to employment law in California. Since 2009, he has shared his insights on the California business and politics blog, Fox & Hounds and on the Milken Institute blog, The Currency of Ideas and Zocalo Public Square.

In October 2015, the California State Library opened a collection of Mr. Bernick's writings and papers. The Collection includes over 200 articles covering 35 years, as well as background material on his five books and two additional book projects, The Jobs Perplex and Real Work. The main section focuses on job training and employment strategies. The collection also includes sections on the transit village movement in California, autism employment and inclusion, California government, and the long distance running sub-culture of Southern California.

* Co-author, Transit Villages in the 21st Century (McGraw Hill 1996), which continues to be widely used in university-level classes.
* Author of four books on employment: The Dreams of Jobs (Olympus 1984), Urban Illusions (Praeger, 1987), Job Training That Gets Results: 10 Principles of Effective Employment Programs (Upjohn, 2006) and The Autism Job Club (2015).

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Primary Location

San Francisco, CA, United States

Number of Boards

2

Birthday

10/01/1952

Age

67

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Member, Advisory Board at Positive Resource Center (PRC)

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Member, Advisory Board at Positive Resource Center (PRC)

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Member, Advisory Board at Positive Resource Center (PRC)

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Member, Advisory Board at Positive Resource Center (PRC)

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Member, Advisory Board at Positive Resource Center (PRC)

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Member, Advisory Board at Positive Resource Center (PRC)

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Secretary at California State East Bay Educational Foundation

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Former Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President at Sybase, Inc.

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Trustee at California State East Bay Educational Foundation

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Research Fellow at Milken Institute
Education
Graduate

Balliol College founded in 1263,is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England.

Graduate

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

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A nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the Milken Institute believes in the power of capital markets to solve urgent social and economic challenges and improve lives. To build a foundation of rigorous, independent research, it has assembled a respected team of economists, industry experts and scholars to analyze the issues and choices facing policymakers. It convenes a network of influential decision-makers from the private and public sectors to help transform ideas into action. The Milken Institute partners with global leaders in finance, business, government, science and philanthropy -- people with the vision and resources to make a significant impact.

Director, California Labor Department
Prior
Counsel
Tenure Unconfirmed

Sedgwick LLP is an international litigation and business law firm that provides counseling, risk management, litigation management, trial, appellate and transactional legal services to sophisticated corporate clients. Founded in 1933 as a three-person firm in San Francisco, Sedgwick now has more than 370 attorneys in offices around the world. Sedgwick's collective experience spans the globe and virtually every industry.

Boards & Committees
Member, Advisory Board
Current

TO ASSIST PEOPLE AFFECTED BY OR AT RISK FOR HIV/AIDS THROUGH CULTURALLY APPROPRIATE COUNSELING, EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND ADVOCACY, WHICH RESULTS IN MORE INFORMED CHOICES THAT MAXIMIZE AVAILABLE BENEFITS AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR CLIENTS.

Trustee
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MANAGE RESTRICTED AND UNRESTRICTED GIFTS BENEFITING CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY EAST BAY.

Creative Works
Author
2006

Job Training That Gets Results

Author
1996

Transit Villages In The 21St Century

Author
1987

Urban Illusions

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