Bernadette M. O'Brien, Esq., SPHR
Attorney at Law, Partner
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
Managing Attorney of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin Employment Law Department
Editor of: www.floydskerenemploymentlaw.com
Bernadette M. O'Brien is a partner at Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP and an SPHR certified/SHRM-SCP Human Resources Executive. Ms. O'Brien serves as general counsel and executive advisor to the law firm's Human Resources (HR) Department and is managing attorney of the firm's employment law department. She is a published author, distinguished speaker, and website content developer.
Ms. O'Brien defends employers in employment related disputes including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour, privacy, and leave of absence laws. Ms. O’Brien also assists employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers with numerous HR topics including HR strategic alignment; short range and long range HR operational planning; coordination of HR activities and programs; compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; tracking and responding to HR trends; developing, organizing and implementing the HR function; training and counseling management and staff; HR policy development, implementation and enforcement; personnel management: hiring, onboarding, performance, discipline, retention, and separation of employment; succession planning; designing competitive compensation and benefit packages; ensuring EEO compliance; managing disability and leave of absence policies and procedures; and, wage and hour compliance. Ms. O'Brien also conducts HR related training sessions throughout California.
Ms. O’Brien is author of the popular LexisNexis publication Labor and Employment in California: A Guide to Employment Laws, Regulations and Practices, co-author of California Leave Law: A Practical Guide for Employers, and co-author of California Unemployment Insurance and Disability Compensation Programs. Ms. O’Brien has been a frequent contributor to, and reporter for, the LexisNexis employment law newsletter Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin. She is also editor and developer of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin’s employment related websites: www.employmentlawweekly.com, www.worklawreport.com, and www.floydskerenhrtraining.com, which provide the latest news and information related to employment law.
"Employers Beware: A 100% WC Permanent Disability Rating Does Not Mean an Employee Cannot Work."
"Who is Liable for Injuries Sustained by an Independent Contractor's Employee as a Result of a Lapse in Workplace Safety Requirements—The ‘Hirer' or the Independent Contractor."
"California Appellate Court Addresses a Key Question Linked to Both Immigration and Employment Law: May an Undocumented Worker Pursue a Discrimination Claim Based on a Refusal to Hire/Rehire."
"Employers Be Ready: A Number of New Employment-Related Laws Will Take Effect on January 1, 2012."
"The U.S. Department of Labor and the State of California Join Force to Crack Down on Employers: Avoid the Pitfalls of Employee Misclassification."
“Ninth Circuit Provides Important Guidance for Employers on When Attendance Constitutes an Essential Function of the Job.”
Websites (employment law related news):
Dona Lee Skeren, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Partner
Department Chair of Benefits and Leave Division of Employment Law Department
Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
Dona L. Skeren is the assistant managing attorney of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin's employment law department. After finishing her undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton, Ms. Skeren graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law with her Juris Doctorate degree. While attending Golden Gate University School of Law, Ms. Skeren was a law review staff member and received several academic awards in her studies. Ms. Skeren has been an associate attorney with Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin since 1995 and has also assisted in the editing and publication of Judge David W. O'Brien's California Workers' Compensation Claims and Benefits handbook and his unemployment insurance treatise. She is also an editor of www.floydskerenemploymentlaw.com and www.employmentlawweekly.com.
Throughout her 15 years as an associate attorney with Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, Ms. Skeren has represented employers, insurance entities, and third party administrators in workers' compensation matters, including standard defense of claims, 132a discrimination allegations, serious and willful allegations and all other related issues.