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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 Manukian Langevin Employment Law Department

Bernadette M. O’Brien is a Partner at Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin, LLP, and an SPHR/SHRM-SCP certified Human Resources Consultant.

Ms. O’Brien represents employers in employment related disputes before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the California Labor Commissioner, including claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour violations. Ms. O’Brien also provides HR consultation to employers, human resource administrators, and risk managers on a myriad of HR topics including compliance with federal, state and local employment related laws; EEO compliance; AB 1825 Sexual Harassment training; managing leaves of absence pursuant to FMLA/CFRA, PDL and paid sick time; disability, accommodation and the interactive process; and performance, discipline and termination. Ms. O’Brien also conducts management and employee training sessions throughout California on numerous workplace topics.

Ms. O’Brien is author of the 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. She is also editor of Floyd Skeren Manukian Langevin’s employment related websites: www.employmentlawweekly.comwww.worklawreport.com, and www.floydskerenhrtraining.com.

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@floydskerenlaw.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 Manukian Langevin, 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.floydskerenemploymentlaw.com and www.employmentlawweekly.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 Manukian Langevin, 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.