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Bernadette M. O’Brien, Esq., SPHR

Attorney at Law, Partner
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
Managing Attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly Employment Law Department

Bernadette M. O’Brien is a partner at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP and is a certified SPHR/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 & Kelly’s employment related websites: www.employmentlawweekly.com, www.worklawreport.com, www.employmentlawacademy.com, and www.fskhrtraining.com, which provide the latest news and information related to employment law.

Ms. O’Brien has been a speaker on a variety of employment law topics for numerous organizations including CalPelra, CWC, Ag-Safe, EAC, Northern California Workers’ Comp Forum, Intercare, National Interstate Insurance, CASBO, PIHRA, Strafford Webinars and the Employer’s Fraud Task Force. You can reach Bernadette O’Brien at bernadette.obrien@fsklaw.com, (818) 206-9222, or (916) 838-3332.

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 Lee Skeren is the assistant managing attorney of Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP’s employment law department. She provides advice and counsel to employers on a variety of employment related matters ranging from discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation to general human resources matters such as employee handbook development and employer notice obligations under federal and state law. Ms. Skeren’s focus is on assisting employers with understanding and converging the return-to-work cross-over issues related to federal and state leave laws, more specifically, the nuances associated with California workers’ compensation laws and the FEHA/ADA/ADAAA disability discrimination laws. She also conducts employment law related seminars and training sessions throughout California and is co-editor of www.fskemploymentlaw.com, www.employmentlawweekly.com and www.employmentlawacademy.com.

After finishing her undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton, Ms. Skeren obtained her Juris Doctorate degree at Golden Gate University School of Law, where she was a law review staff member, received several academic awards and spent a summer term as a law clerk for an Administrative Law Judge at the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, in San Francisco, California. In 1995, Ms. Skeren began her career with Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP, representing 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 employment related issues. Additionally she 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.